Parents of deaf or hard of hearing children attend meetings – IEP meetings, 504 meetings, or other meetings. What are these meetings about? How can you be the best advocate for your child? The Parent Advocacy app helps to understand your child’s rights and helps prepare you to work with the school in the best interest of your child.
• Introductory information, including videos and inspirations, highlighting the parts of the app
• IEP meetings – Understand what an IEP means and how you can participate in the meeting
• Section 504 plan meetings – Understand the meaning of this type of meeting and how it differs from an IEP meeting
• Other school meetings – What advocacy principles can you use? Understand if your child might be eligible for a 504 plan or IEP.
• Fillable checklists and notes– Helps you navigate the process of advocating for your child. As you proceed through the app, you can keep track of your progress. You can then add a series of notes to remind yourself of important points.
• Common questions – Questions that parents tend to ask for each type of meeting; perhaps your burning question is listed.
• Strategies: How can you approach advocating for your child? Six strategies are discussed
• Resources: Linked resources are available. There is also information about how to contact the parent and deaf organizational partners for assistance
• Videos: To introduce you to the app and guide your next steps.
The Parent Advocacy app is a collaboration between the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center | Gallaudet University, American Society for Deaf Children, Hands & Voices, and National Association of the Deaf.