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Educational advocacy: Ensuring that students with disabilities receive the services and accommodations they need, and that parents know their rights in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Our educational advocates work to:
Joshua Ladzinski and his family came to The Arc Pikes Peak Region when his school suggested a change of placement. Joshua’s family wanted to make sure that he was in the most inclusive environment, while still getting the services that he needs to be successful. Now, Joshua’s IEP is built entirely around his strengths — which he has many!
“Last year, I advocated for Sarah*, who has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and needed an IEP to address sensory issues, learning disabilities and impulsive behaviors in school. After the IEP was in place, we started to see some growth in Sarah. This year at her IEP meeting, we learned that Sarah has had only one behavior infraction this school year that warranted a visit to the office (last year, she had at least 10, with two suspensions), and she was able to admit her errors, apologize and return to class to be successful for the rest of the day. Her reading level has improved from 3.9 grade level to 5.5, which is right on target for her age. She is less impulsive and more able to advocate for herself. She has not made any self-harm statements or actions this year, and she has not been found stealing. The school is backing off her supervision, allowing her to regulate her sensory breaks, and discontinuing her reading intervention. It is wonderful to see how the right therapies at home, combined with the right supports at school, along with good communication between the two, contributes to a child’s success.”
The Arc Pikes Peak Region Educational Advocates: