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9/26/2014  |   9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   |  Topical Session 1   |  Wyoming

Parent Advocacy: Parents as Partners in the IEP Process

Parents are members of the team that makes decisions about special education services for their children in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Understanding the process and how parents can prepare for and be involved in an IEP meeting will be central to this presentation. Parents will come away with an understanding of their basic rights. This presentation also emphasizes the importance of building a good respectful relationship with the professionals who work with their children. Parents will have an opportunity to ask general questions. An overview of the the Utah Parent Center, Utah's federally funded Parent Training and Information Center, and how we can assist parents who need information and support will also be given. This presentation will be an overview of advocacy in the IEP process with information on how parents can get more in depth help and support if needed.

Esperanza Reyes (Primary Presenter), jennieg@utahparentcenter.org;
Esperanza Reyes was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Florida. Her education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and one in Sociology. She has recently completed a Master of Science in Human Development and Social Policy, along with a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, at the University of Utah. Her main academic interest lies in the transition to adulthood and employment for youth on the Autism Spectrum. She currently works for the Utah Parent Center, and volunteers her time with both the Utah Autism Project and the University of Utah’s iSTAR research team.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.



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