“As parents, and as an organization, our work is not done.”
Although many of our children with special needs receive quality educational service, this is not true for all of our children. This is NOT acceptable.
All children have the right to develop and learn in the best way possible, so that they may, inturn, share their gifts and strengths with our community.”
Since its inception by parents in 1952, advocating for quality educational opportunities for our children has been a vital part of our organization. A little over 50 years ago our local school systems excluded all student with moderate and severe disabilities. Today, by federal and state law, all children have the right to go to school, to receive a quality education, and to be served in the least restricted environment.
The Council understands that this would not have happened without the dedication, hard work and tenacity of parents determined to move school systems forward in a positive and more inclusive direction. As parents, and as an organization, our work is not done. Ahtough many of our children with special needs reeive quality educational services, this is not true for all of our children. This is NOT acceptable. All children have the right to develop and learn in the best way possible, so that they may, in turn, share their gifts and strenths with our community. Parents always made the difference for their children.
Support for children with disabilities
Education Advocacy is a resource of the Family Outreach & Support Program of The Council; offering paretns trainings and other resources to help them get services, and supports for their chldren enrolled in the public system.
Education Advocacy also offers resources beyond high school such as: information for college or vocational school, supported or competitive employment, and resources on recreatoin, housing and community activities.
Family Outreach staff and trained volunteers work with families to support them in transitions; offering them various trainings in leadership, advocacy, navigating the disabilities system, and much more.