Yorktown SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) regularly provides information to Yorktown parents about events, seminars and workshops that may provide useful and important information and resources for educators, professionals and parents.
“Advocating For Your Child” is the title of a free, informational workshop being presented by Renée Falanga Brenner, Education Advocate and Trainer, at Putnam Independent Living Services at 1961 Route 6 in Carmel, New York on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 6 PM to 8 PM. This free workshop is designed to give parents and caregivers of special needs children with the knowledge and resources necessary to develop effective strategies for advocating on behalf of a special needs child. Renée Falanga Brenner, will focus on the definition of advocacy, strategies for planning, preparing and presenting information, parent rights, laws and regulations governing special education, acronyms, resources and a discussion of the four areas of advocacy (education, medical, family, and community).
Isabel Hershkowitz, Parent Training Coordinator for Putnam Independent Living Services, states that special needs parents “have to be equipped with correct information and helpful resources in order to navigate through the requirements and expectations of today’s schools and medical professionals.” She also feels that parents will benefit from using these advocacy strategies so that they can “communicate more effectively with the special education team of educators and professionals in a child’s school.”
Based on her own experiences attempting to advocate for her children, Renée Falanga Brenner, Education Advocate and Trainer, created this informational workshop to help other special needs parents know that they “don’t have all the answers” and that there are “resources and strategies available for concerned parents to advocate for their children in the areas of education, medical, family, and community.” Listening to parent questions and reflections, Renée Falanga Brenner states that she also “learns something new” each time she presents this workshop for parents and educators. At the “Advocating For Your Child” workshop, Mrs. Brenner shares useful informational handouts and resource information with all who attend.
If you would like to register for this free informational workshop about advocating for your special needs child on Tuesday, July 19th, please call 845-228-7457 or 1-888-788-6268.