Special Education Advocates. Special education advocates are a common part of the multi-disciplinary process. They represent parents and children during the IEP process. There are many opinions regarding the participation of advocates within this process. After reading the Phillips (2008) and Wright (n.d.) article, When Parents Aren’t Enough: External Advocacy in Special Education, address the following:
Why do you think parents seek out support from advocates to help with the special education process?
Do you believe that advocates are helpful or impede the collaborative relationship between parents and their child’s school? Why?
How could you, as a teacher, help parents to develop stronger advocacy skills? Why is this important?