To be an effective advocate for your child, you must
Be fully informed about the programs available in or through your local educational agency (LEA),
Be knowledgeable of your child's rights,
Participate in IEP team meetings,
Ask questions and voice concerns when you are unsure of the appropriateness of your child's program.
As partners in your child's education, both you and the LEA personnel involved in your child's educational program have a responsibility to consider the child's needs and to provide an appropriate educational program to meet those needs. If you disagree with what is being proposed, actions, such as presenting your questions and concerns to your local director/supervisor of special education; filing a complaint with the Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Special
Populations; requesting mediation conferences, or requesting a due process hearing, can be initiated to resolve a dispute.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in every aspect of their child's educational program. You are your child's best advocate.