Supporting Families in Navigating Special Education Services
At CASE, the Community Alliance for Special Education, we believe that every student deserves a high quality education that meets their individual needs. We are committed to supporting families as they navigate the often complex and overwhelming world of special education services in public schools. Our team of experienced special education advocates works closely with families to ensure that their child's unique needs are understood and met. We model collaborative advocacy skills as we ensure that the rights of students with disabilities are met, and students are set up for successful transition into adulthood.
Student and Family Participation is an Important Part of the IEP Process
At CASE, we believe in “hands-on learning.” We guide and teach families, and also expect active participation. We walk students and families through various tasks, such as record requests, letter writing, and file organization. We encourage families to take trainings with partners such as Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. By doing the work with guidance from us, our families develop ownership in the process and become more confident and successful advocates for themselves and their students.
We thoroughly review IEPs, assessments, medical records, and other documents - and help students and families understand how to turn very technical documents into support and services at school.
Mentorship and Training
We offer training and support for students, families, educators, and other professionals to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the individualized education for students with disabilities.
Direct Advocacy Services
CASE advocates attend IEP and Section 504 meetings with students and their families.