The Dyslexic Parent Advocate Course is a six week course
that meets one and one half hours per week.
The course is taught over the internet.
The course focuses on helping parents advocate for their dyslexic
children. In America, every child with
dyslexia is entitled to a free and appropriate public education in accordance
with Federal Law. Individual state laws
can supplement the federal law, but they must support the minimum requirements
of the Federal Law, so every child is entitled to the basic rights and services
specified in the Federal Law.
To obtain services for your child, you must work with your
local school system. This process is
like navigating a maze as you must understand a significant amount of technical
information, the key concepts in the Federal and sometimes State law, often
work with intimidating professionals and make difficult decisions about your
While this process goes smoothly for some, many find the
process to be difficult with significant disagreements between themselves and
the school system. Others find limited
results in their child’s progress after working with the school system for a
couple of years. Parents simply want
their child to be able to read, write and obtain the same education that is
afforded a child without dyslexia.
Schools with restricted budgets are often unable to teach your child the
way the need to learn given their dyslexic condition. This often means your
child does not improve. This often
results in a situation in which parents can’t seem to agree on anything with
This course is designed to help you advocate for your child
to provide them with the best possible opportunity to receive a free and
appropriate public education. Through
this course you will learn strategies to make your child eligible for and
obtain the services they are entitled to under the law. You will learn about the fundamentals of
dyslexia and how to navigate the law which including the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Individualized Education Program (IEP)
that will be created for your child once h/she becomes eligible under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You will learn how to use the law to obtain
the services needed for your child and how to make the public school
accountable for teaching your child in an appropriate way that meets their
unique and individualized needs.
To be successful in the 21st Century, children
need to be able to read, write and perform basic arithmetic. Dyslexic children often need to be taught
differently to learn these skills.
Evidence based techniques exist to teach dyslexic children, but are
often not taught in the public schools. This
course will help you understand how to obtain the support and services needed
so your dyslexic child will be able to learn.
The topics taught in this course will include the following:
- Understanding Dyslexia
- The Journey to Your Child’s Education
- The Law – Key Concepts
- Your Rights and Your Child’s Rights
- Advocacy Strategies
- Managing Your Childs Educational Journey
At the outset of the
course, we survey the course attendees to assess their specific issues and
tailor the curriculum accordingly.
At the conclusion of this
course, you will understand how to effectively advocate for your child in the
public school system and through the schools obtain for your child a free and
appropriate public education. You will
be better prepared to advocate for your child.
The faculty for this
course includes individuals that have taught at distinguished organizations
like Harvard University. The course
faculty have been parent advocates for dyslexic children, so they understand
the educational journey and have been successful parent advocates.
To register for a free
introductory session that describes the course click the "E" icon below.