Nothing is of greater concern to parents than when a child struggles in school. Parents are a child’s first teacher and advocate. Schools and parents want to assist children to find success. In many scenarios, schools and parents partner together to provide the best educational opportunities and environment they can for each child. At times however parents and the school serving their child disagree on what is in the best interest of the child. When that happens LINC assists families in facilitating discussions and understanding their child’s rights in an effort to meet the child’s needs and improve communication between the school and parents.
LINC’s Youth and Family Advocate is available to assist parents with children who have disabilities in regard to their child's educational needs. This includes information on IDEA (special education law covering rights and responsibilities), Individual Education Plan (IEP's) planning and process, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, assistance is available with a child's rights to an appropriate education, parent and school communication and transitioning from school to the workforce.