1. Teach Parents and Caregivers How to Advocate For Their Child
Knowing how to effectively communicate and make a credible case for why your child is entitled to specific services under law is an essential skill for parents and caregivers. SEAC is a legal organization, however, we recognize that a multi-faceted approach that includes helping parents understand how the 'system' works and where in the decision-making process parents and care givers can best influence the outcome is also essential. As part of advocacy training, the following are examples of what SEAC lawyers teach parents and caregivers:
2. Provide Educational Brochures in Simple, Non-complex Language
** Check back for brochures on the IDEA, Section 504, Parent’s Rights Under Current Special Education Law, IEP 101, Do’s and Don’ts of the Special Education Process and How to Work Cooperatively and Effectively with School Personnel **
3. Facilitate Educational Forums
Educational forum are for parents, service providers, teachers. SEAC regularly conducts educational conferences, lectures and seminars free of charge with the intended purpose of taking the complex area of special education law and breaking down the information into simple, understandable language. The talks will also allow parents and caregivers to ask questions concerning special education law.
4. Public Speaking
The SEAC give speeches, public comment at school board meetings, authors articles for periodicals, authors letters to the editor, and engages in dialogue with the general public and policy makers so as to enhance public awareness and understanding of issues concerning the special education students currently being served in Illinois schools.