January 12, 2012
Activists Present at Meetings
More support systems are taking advantage of hiring activists to be present at their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. This is because support systems are growing upset because of tense discussions with school districts. Previously, having activists at these types of meetings didn’t occur very often.
Activists don’t need any type of unique qualifications. They are generally volunteer support system members who have children in the modified education field. They charge other parents/guardians of children with physical/mental challenges payment for their services when hired.
“If you have never been to an IEP meeting, you have no idea how intimidating that they can be, even for a very confident person… Everyone should have an advocate go with them,” one mom told the Orlando Sentinel.
School districts are usually unhappy when they discover an activist at an IEP meeting. Their credibility has increased recently. Support systems also state they cost less than hiring an attorney.
Activist role: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-florida-special-education-advocacy-20111225,0,6493948.story