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special education course for families

Special Education can feel confusing, overwhelming and isolating. So many acronyms, paperwork, and meetings.  Through VELA's interactive 5 session course, you will become your child's greatest advocate.  Join VELA to gain knowledge, empowerment, resilience and community. You can also check out other course options and/or register for support group.
We look forward to meeting you in person on or the screen!
This course is for families whose child has an IEP, not a 504 plan. If you have a 504 plan and would like more support,
you can contact us for Case Management Services.

What to Expect: 

  • This course meets 1x/week over 5 sessions; you must be able to attend each session to register.
  • Our Courses are not webinars! Instead, they are interactive, engaging and an opportunity to learn, share, receive and give support.
  • Mailed Materials- If you are registering for our virtual course, we will mail course curriculum to you.
  • Our Course Facilitators are parents, just like you. That means they lead with empathy because they get it.
  • Meet other parents and learn from each other!

Topics Covered:

  • Build a Parent Toolkit to organize your child's school, therapy and medical information- and learn how to use this as a tool.
  • Understand the most important parts of your child's IEP ( Individualized Education Plan)
  • Learn what to do before, during and after an ARD meetings
  • Learn and practice how to use assertive and collaborative communication
  • Learn about Special education Law
  • Learn about key resources and how/when to access them
  • Learn and practice real self-care strategies for yourself

Virtual Course Schedules:

Option 1: 11/3 - 12/8/21 meets for 5 consecutive Wednesday Mornings, 10am-11:30am on Zoom

Option 2: 11/3 - 12/8/21 meets for 5 consecutive Wednesday Evenings 6-7:30 pm on Zoom

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