March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO


3/08/2020  |   8:30 AM - 1:00 PM   |  IDEA and Advocacy Learning Session   |  Northrup

IDEA and Advocacy Learning Session

What makes a parent a successful advocate for the child who is deaf/HOH? What helps a professional understand what a parent is going through? Legal protection is available for parents of children with disabilities; sadly, not all parents are aware of it. This presentation offers both parents and professionals the tools to successfully work with IEP teams for a child’s educational future. Protection of the parent/school relationship is the most important aspect of successfully advocating for a child with disabilities. Professionals can easily educate parents in this model of parent/school relationship building without jeopardizing their position. IDEA protects parents; it’s up to the parents to protect their relationship with school personnel. Presentation covers IDEA, Section 504 and ADA and how to advocate successfully, strongly hitting on protecting the parent school relationship because as we know once a parent becomes defensive and argumentative the meeting can go bad. It also helps parents to understand who the members of an IEP team are and that they deserve to be heard as the parent does. It strongly focuses on working as a team and leaving demands at home. This also helps professionals get the training from a parent perspective. As this training has developed, parents and professionals who attend have become more successful within their teams. The presenter is a parent first who deals with her own difficult district issues with her own child who is deaf and a current senior in high school. This training has been both locally in IL and nationally presented. Q&A and examples will be abundant in this session.

  • Participants will gain understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Participants will gain advocacy skills they can use during school meetings.
  • Tools and Strategies will be provided for use after the session concludes as well as direct contact to the presenter for individual assistance.

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Andrea Marwah (), IL Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side, ilhandsandvoices@gmail.com;
Carrie Balian is the mother of five children. Her oldest, Jack, is deaf. Carrie and her family reside in Island Lake, IL. She is the Coordinator of the Guide By Your Side program in Illinois. Carrie has presented to groups nationwide, co-authored several publications including the NCHAM e-book. She has served or is currently serving as a board member for the Illinois Genetic & Metabolic Diseases Advisory Council, editor for JEHDI, publications and participated on the Illinois Universal Newborn Hearing & Screening Advisory Board and Illinois Deaf Task Force. Carrie has participated as a parent professional on the NICHQ national and statewide learning collaborative teams. During this journey of representing other parents she has been recognized and awarded both nationally and locally for her support, commitment and leadership in the field. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management.


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