Special education advocates are a general part of the multi-disciplinary process. They represent parents and children throughout the IEP process. There are lots of opinions regarding the participation of advocates in this process. After reading the Phillips (2008) and Wright (n.d.) article, When Parents Aren't Enough: External Advocacy in Special Education and addresses the given:
describe why do you think parents seek out support from advocates to help with the special education process?
Do you believe which advocates are helpful or impede the collaborative relationship between the parents and their child's school? describe why?
How could you, as a teacher, help parents to develop stronger advocacy skills? describe why is this significant?