Saturday, May 9, 2009
Do You Hear Me?
I have just completed the Special Education Advocate Certificate Program at the University of San Diego (USD). The University billed the program as the first of its kind in the nation, as far as they knew anyway. The class was expected to draw about 9 or 10 individuals from across the spectrum of adults involved with special education. This group was expected to draw parents of individuals with disabilities, both special and general education teachers, education physical therapists and occupational therapists, speech therapists, vision therapists, school pyschologists, Regional Center workers, advocates, and maybe lawyers. I think 38 people showed up. All the desired participants were represented. We had a classroom of individuals with backgrounds ranging from an attorney with no experience in special education or with educational disability issues to mothers of multiple children with multiple disabilities and no experience with higher education settings and from paraprofessional tech aides to special education teachers with multiple credentials. Now, I'm ready to talk about the whole experience.