MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)


3/05/2021  |   12:00 PM - 5:00 PM   |  IDEA and Advocacy Learning Session   |  Networking

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 advocacy skills they can use during school meetings.
  • Participants will gain understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • 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;
Andrea Marwah received her BA degree in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Since her daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss in 2002, she has taken a special interest in educating parents and professionals on matters concerning ADA, IDEA, and advocacy for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Andrea presents both nationally on matters pertaining to advocacy and IDEA; deafness/hearing loss when combined with other disabilities; the impact of deafness/hearing loss; and many topics surrounding parenting and working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She works for the Illinois School for the Deaf as an outreach trainer and consultant for families and professionals who work with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. Andrea began her Presidency at Illinois Hands & Voices in 2010 and is a national trainer for the Hands & Voices.


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