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Dyslexic Parent Advocate Course


Course Overview

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 child’s education. 

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 the school.

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.

Course Topics

The topics taught in this course will include the following:

  1. Understanding Dyslexia
  2. The Journey to Your Child’s Education
  3. The Law – Key Concepts
  4. Your Rights and Your Child’s Rights
  5. Advocacy Strategies
  6. 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.

Course Faculty

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.

Course Registration

To register for a free introductory session that describes the course click the "E" icon below.