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Friday, December 4 • 8:20am - 9:10am
Parents Voices: Navigating the world of special education LIMITED

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Experiences navigating the world of special education of two mothers, one of whom is myself, of children aged three and twenty with special needs will be explored. Personal and societal forces that form expectations and attitudes towards children with special needs will be explored along processes of accessing, and negotiating services. This study will be an exploration of progress within the field through examining experiences of two families of which one who began their journey two decades ago, and my family who has just begun. It will be an opportunity to learn from other families' experiences negotiating special education services. OBJECTIVES: By the end of this session participants will be able to: 1. Identify several methods that empower parents as advocates of their children. 2. Discuss and share societal and personal forces that lead to existing expectations and attitudes towards children with special needs. 3. Critique existing services provided to families and children with special needs. 4. Draft new possibilities of support networks that families of children with special needs would appreciate. IMPORTANCE: Neville-Jan (2004) states that narratives promote community building among individuals who share similar experiences and ?produce change in the political process by challenging the dominant narrative? (p.123). This work aims at empowering families to speak up on their child?s experiences in relation to services provided, attitudes demonstrated and expectations set. TRANSLATING TOPIC INTO POSITIVE OUTCOMES: The empowerment of families of children with special needs begins with knowing that they are not alone in their journey and this will be accomplished through first hand stories of two families. Service providers will learn about supports and services that were beneficial to families and others that need alterations.


Friday December 4, 2015 8:20am - 9:10am PST
Belmont 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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