School Advocacy

Parent advocacy is crucial when it comes to a child with LD/ADHD in the classroom. It is important for them to be knowledgeable and assertive in support of their child. Often the parents are working with the teacher and administration. Sometimes it means choosing an alternative program or learning option for their child.

Parents are a role model for their children – for once the students graduate into post-secondary, they will need to learn to advocate for themselves. At that point, parents step into a mentoring role, helping the student understand how to be clear, purposeful and assertive in order to have access to the accommodations s/he requires to be successful.

Alberta Education’s position on learning disabilities https://education.alberta.ca/diverse-learners/learning-disabilities

Unlocking Potential: Key Components of Programming for Students with Learning Disabilities (provincial standards for supporting students) https://education.alberta.ca/diverse-learners/learning-disabilities/everyone/resources

Alberta Education's Handbook for Parents of Children with Special Needs https://education.alberta.ca/diverse-learning-needs/meeting-the-needs-of-each-student/

Inclusive Education https://education.alberta.ca/inclusion/inclusive-education/

Universal Design for Learning http://www.engagingalllearners.ca/ip/udl-in-action/

Special Needs and Moving On Project http://specialneedsproject.ca/resources/useful-tools/329-effective-advocacy.html

The Accidental Advocate by Kathryn Burke http://www.ldexperience.ca/store/

Moore v. North Vancouver summary: http://www.ldao.ca/educational-implications-of-recent-supreme-court-ruling/

History and current state of special education funding in Alberta (p.4): http://inclusionalberta.org/clientuploads/IA_Connections_winter2016_low-res_spreads.pdf

Other options for Alberta students:

Alberta Public Charter Schools (some cater to students who learn differently): http://www.taapcs.ca/

Alberta Private Schools: http://www.ourkids.net/alberta-private-schools.php

Alberta Francophone Schools: https://education.alberta.ca/topic-search/?language=French