Episode 9: Court Working with Educators and the Community

***disclaimer:  Some gang references included and community violence.*** In this week’s episode Laura and Katie speak with Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. This interview helps to clarify the role of District Attorney Flynn in our community and what his prosecution of an individual with a disability can look like. He offers some insight

Episode 8: CAUSE Program

In this episode, Katie and Laura talk to Kristen Luppino-Gholston, LMSW with the CAUSE program at DAEMEN college. She is the interim director and tells us all about the program! CAUSE- Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise, provides opportunities for persons with disabilities. The program is a collaboration of Daemen College students and

Trailer: Inclusive Classrooms in a School Setting

Inclusive Classrooms and what parents need to know. Diane will talk about how a parent can collaborate with teachers and professionals at school to increase advocacy and self-advocacy for their children in the school setting. Written and produced by Parent Network of WNY, podcast engineering by Daniel Vander Kooy and music is Morning Mandolin by

Episode Five: What Inclusion Means in a School Setting

Today Katie and Laura speak to Diana Vigrass. She talks to us about Inclusive Classrooms and what parents need to know. Diane will talk about how a parent can collaborate with teachers and professionals at school to increase advocacy and self-advocacy for their children in the school setting. What can we say or do especially

Episode Four: All About IEPs

  Individualized Education Plans are a very powerful tool. Katie explains the ins and outs of IEP process, the different parts of the document, and how to use your student’s IEP to improve her/his educational outcomes. Visit parentnetworkwny.org,for fact sheets and webinars. Materials were referenced from understood.org. Written and produced by Parent Network of WNY,

Episode Three:  Effective Communication With Your Professional Team at School

  It makes a difference when a parent or caregiver can connect and relate with the professionals that are involved with their child’s day-to-day routine. Have you ever wondered how to make this happen? We talk about the study from John Hopkins University: For Students to Succeed, Family Engagement is Key The benefits are wonderful

Episode Two:  My Child Has a Disability. Now What?

  Where do we start? How do I access resources? What do all these acronyms mean? We’re here to help you start your journey and give you a sturdy foundation of understanding. 13 Classification Fact Sheet, Special Education Workshop and several other free webinars available on www.parentnetworkwny.org Many helpful resources including “Understanding Special Education” available