Sometimes you can do it alone; sometimes you need guidance and expertise in order to get the job done right. Filing your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or transitioning to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a process that may require professional assistance. Negotiating the best educational plan for your child is one of the most important gifts you can give them as what you decide will impact them for years to come. When advocating for your child, do your research and get support from a professional or a friend.
Keep in mind communication is advocacy, see this visual chart from FDLRS
If you suspect a learning disorder the most important first step is to support your learner’s journey to understanding their strengths and challenges.
Parent to Parent of Miami is a community parent resource center for families of children and adults with all disabilities. Located in Miami, Florida, Parent to Parent serves families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, as well as the nation. With the help of Parent to Parent of Miami’s specialized team, parents and professionals can find information, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about early intervention, early childhood, education, IEP process, vocational training, employment, college opportunities, as well as the laws that protect the rights of children and adults with disabilities.
The Department of Exceptional Student Education serves children and families throughout the Miami-Dade district by developing, coordinating and overseeing programs that support students with disabilities. Specific programs and services include early identification and intervention, psycho-educational evaluation and placement, transition support and truancy prevention.
Individualized Education Program