From Emotions to Advocacy
The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam & Pete Wright
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and Effective Parent Advocacy
opens new doors so children may become part of the community. Advocacy
knocks down barriers and prepares children for independence.
In my work, I find that parents of children with special education needs come in several categories:
Which are you?
are not assertive if they:
What do you do?
Does this describe you?
of this is easy but the rewards are fantastic!
can make things better for the next generation without filing for
due process. How?
Now these things cannot occur overnight. But if a parent says to me, "What can I do? I'm only one person," I say, "You have no idea the power you have."
five years, our Chapter made local and state changes. None of our
parents felt alone.
I asking a lot? Yes, I am.
Meet Marie Sherrett
Marie Sherrett is Past-President of the Prince George's County, MD, Chapter of the Autism Society of America.
Maire is or has been a member of many advocacy-related organizations. She makes presentations to local and national groups, high school and college tudents, teachers and school board members about autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Supplemental Security Income, child safety, school system and recreational budget issues as they relate to those with developmental delays. She speaks to groups about working women issues. These activities have lead her to The White House, Capitol Hill, and the local Board of Education.
Marie speaks to local and national members of the media, giving radio, TV and newspaper interviews on child support, special education and working women matters, particularly with regard to issues of single parents of those with developmental delays.
has been a legal secretary since 1972. She is the parent of Mark P.
Sherrett, 20, who had autism, and Daniel V. Sherrett, 18, who joins
the Navy in the Fall of 2001.
Do You Have a Success Story?
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