#AdvocacyMatters: Education for Everyone

September 23, 2022 / #AdvocacyMatters

#AdvocacyMatters: Education For Everyone

Education is one of the most valuable stepping stones towards opportunity in life. Such a resource should be provided regardless of race, background, or disability. However, for students with disabilities to access effective education, their guardians must navigate a complex system, usually without any knowledge of the way it operates. Parents and guardians of students with disabilities deserve guidance through the special education process to give their children the resources to flourish.

To support Ohio parents, DRO will continue to provide Special Education Legal Clinics in partnership with Albeit-Weiker LLP and the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Parents and guardians will be able to attend panels, workshops, and a 30-minute individual guidance session hosted by a special education advocate or attorney, entirely for free.

The Clinic is offered virtually on the third Monday of each month, from Noon-1pm, and will continue through July 2023. The first day of the Clinic took place this past Monday, September 19th. The workshops are recorded and available to view at any time through Albeit Weiker, LLP. Ohio parents and guardians of children with disabilities from ages 3-22 can benefit from the Clinic. Each Clinic includes a workshop followed by a 30-minute Q&A hosted by a panel of attorneys. Any individual guidance sessions scheduled will take place following the Q&A. You can register and learn more about the Special Education Legal clinic here. The next clinic is set to take place on October 17th, and features the topic: Negotiation Tips and IEP Team Building. 

It is tough to navigate the special education process as a parent or guardian— especially if you do not have the resources to advocate for your child to receive appropriate services to meet their needs. This Clinic provides an environment where parents and guardians feel safe asking any questions they might have regarding special education and how it relates to their child or school. These opportunities can help parents/guardians to not only better advocate for their children’s right to an education, but to create a more equitable future where #AdvocacyMatters for students with disabilities.

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