Need a Parent Mentor to guide you through the Special Education process?
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A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed by local education agencies and Educational Service Centers to help families and school districts by providing support, information and training services.
A Parent Mentor guides families through the Special Education process by:
- Helping families understand their rights and responsibilities
- Attending the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Meetings and other meetings at the request of families or staff.
- Listening to and supporting both family and educators on an individual basis
- Providing information and resources to families and schools
- Hosting information sessions, support/networking groups or training programs for families and educators
- Engaging community service agencies and other resources to support families and schools
- Connecting families, schools and community partners to benefit students with special needs
- and so much more!
A Parent Mentor is a guide and mentor to help the parent navigate the special education process and to develop their skills as an advocate, the best advocate for their child. Content on this page is from ocecd.org.