Category Archives: Special Needs

Springtime Review of IEPs

This is the time of year when students are preparing for graduation.  Anticipation is also beginning to grow about the next school year.  And parents can play a role in preparing for next September by reviewing the existing IEP and … Continue reading

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IEPs. Here today, gone tomorrow? Part II

Yesterday, I wrote about the excellent presentation on Individual Education Plans that I heard at the conference hosted by BC Parents of Special Needs Children. The facilitators provided a lot of tips for ensuring that the IEP process was responsive … Continue reading

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IEPs. Here today, gone tomorrow? Part I

One of the topics presented at the April 2nd conference hosted by BC Parents of Special Needs Children was “The ABCs of IEPs”.  The two presenters, teacher/parent Tina Patterson and parent advocate Dr. Sherri Brown went way beyond explaining the basics.  … Continue reading

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Very Good Advocacy Conference on April 2nd

The conference was everything I expected.  Over 100 people came to the Roundhouse in Vancouver to hear a number of experts speak about the various dimensions of advocacy for children with special needs.  There are many good things to report.

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Second Thoughts About Pre-School Advocacy

My last blog post questioned whether advocacy is necessary on behalf of happy, thriving pre-schoolers who are receiving a lot of enrichment from their teachers and parents. My conclusion was that if a child’s signs of giftedness are being recognized and accommodated, there … Continue reading

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Do I Need to Advocate for a Gifted 3-Year-Old?

A parent phoned me a couple of weeks ago and asked me whether she should attend a workshop on advocating for her 3-year-old.  I said: No!  Here are my thoughts: Advocacy as defined on this site is speaking up on behalf … Continue reading

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Reflections on today’s Advocacy Workshop

The workshop today was held in Colwood, Greater Victoria, on a beautiful sunny morning.  A group of parents engaged with me as we discussed the issues facing their children, and considered approaches to advocacy. My first thought is that parent advocacy … Continue reading

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Reflections on GCABC/LMGC Conference

As my post of a few days ago announced, the Gifted Children’s Association of BC and the  Lower Mainland Gifted Contacts hosted a conference on Feb. 17th in Coquitlam. I attended, along with more than 100 parents and teachers, and … Continue reading

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Equitable Access to Education

Yes, of course. Equitable Access is what we want for all children.  But the creators of the website by that name have come right out and said it.  Visit BC Parents of Special Needs Children to see how they have … Continue reading

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