West Orange County Consortium for Special Education

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Parent Handbook

Today, parents are more involved in their children's education than ever before. As a parent, you have expert knowledge of your child. Team up with your child's teacher and school staff and make them your equal partners in the educational process. Build and nurture these relationships early.
You play an important role in the education of your child. Make your views known in a positive and constructive manner. The planning, implementation and on-going support of programs are greatly enhanced when you are an involved parent.
Visit the classroom to show your interest in your child's program. Keep the teacher informed of your child's skills and behaviors. Attend scheduled teacher conferences; if unable to keep the designated appointments, notify staff as soon as possible. Attend PTA, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, and other school functions whenever possible.
This handbook was compiled to help you understand the special education process. Many of the contributors are parents of children with special needs. It is our hope that it will help you to be an active participant in meeting your child's educational needs.