Negotiating the Maze – Ontario School Advocacy – 1

“No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to get my child’s teacher to understand who my daughter was…

“How do I work with my child’s school?

Where can I find information about what my child has a right to?

“I don’t understand why I have to go through the same process year after year.

“All I want is the best for my child!”

“When I’m on my way to a meeting at the school I feel a tightness in an throat as I run through my head how the meeting will go”

Advocacy is about securing, protecting and advancing the rights of one’s self or others. Special education students have rights codified in Ontario Ministry Of Education regulations and the Ontario Human Rights Code and further developed in Court and Tribunal Decisions.

IPRC statement of decision

I taught a workshop in the durum region on Saturday and came across a form that was functioning as an IPO see statement of decision that literally had no space for a list of strengths and needs as it is mandated in the regulations provincially. I’m sure at the end of the day there is an explanation for this but it is curious that a board generated Form would miss this.

For the record, for an IPRC to be an I PRC there has to be a discussion of strengths and needs and the statement of decision given to the parent must include a list of strengths and needs, the rationale being that how could a parent agree to a placement or exceptionality if there was not sufficient clarity of their child’s strengths and needs.