Florida advocate for family?

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  1. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Helping a friend....how can one find an advocate for a family in Florida...student with serious illness/school absences and school being nasty...
     
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    http://advocatesforspecialeducation.com/find_florida.html

    If they child is not already on Homebound services, your friend needs to contact the ESE department at the school. If the school is being weird, contact the ESE department at the district. Then bring an advocate to the meeting.
     
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    Thank you, chebrutta!
     
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    I suggest the parents mention they are bringing an advocate to the meeting. In my state parents can bring guests (lawyers, therapists, advocates, translators, etc.) but the school does not have to accommodate them without advanced notice. They will reschedule, of course, but that can get costly if the guest is being paid for his/her time.

    This gives the school time to arrange for the district's big guns to be present also.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Actually, in this state parents can bring anyone they want to the meeting without prior notice. There are forms now that both parents and school signs that states there was no pressure from the school preventing parents from bringing anyone to the meeting.
     
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    Oh, they don't have to give notice here either. But the school has the right (and acts upon it) to reschedule if they feel that the district needs better representation.

    This has happened a couple of times when we've had initial 504 and IEP meetings. We have quite a few parents that want 504s for their kids when they get to the more competitive high school level. The smart, but not super smart, rich kids want an advantage with their school tests and SAT (if they can get it). So there are times where parents come to the initial meeting with a psychiatrist and/or lawyer in tow. Our district prefers that if a parent brings a lawyer our lawyer is there too. If a parent brings a doctor, our sped director is there too.
     
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    All of the above. And kudos to the family for stepping up for their child. Years ago, I actually sued our district on behalf of my son. They were not at all happy.
     
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    Good for you! I hope you were successful.
     
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    Thanks. We were somewhat. The district paid for some of his private school tuition.
     

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