January 2011
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Learn how to advocate for your child by attending one of our advocacy workshops!

ABCs for Life Success, LLC invites you to attend one of our upcoming special workshops.  Start the New Year off right by learning how to advocate for your child's education, connecting with other parents and educators, and getting your questions answered.  Click on the links below for more information. 

"Going to Bat for Your Child's Education"  7:00 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday, January 12, Norbell School in Elkridge, MD.

"Be Your Child's Best Advocate" 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Thursday, January 20, Oakton High School in Vienna, VA.

"Understanding Special Education Law and Policy"  8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 22 at the National 4H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. 

Special Needs Advocacy Institute, a four-session graduate-level course beginning on February 26 at the Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College.
Jan12event"Going to Bat for Your Child's Education: Advocates share what you need to know"

presented by The Howard County Branch of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders) of Greater Baltimore

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Norbel School
6135 Old Washington Road
Elkridge, Maryland, 21075

Is your child's 504 plan or IEP not being effectively executed at school? Has his or her needs changed requiring a new approach?  What is the school legally required to do and how can you make sure your child's needs are being met?  Revanette Gilmore and Dr. Eric Levine from ABCs for Life Success will discuss these issues as well as tell you how to effectively advocate for your child with his or her school.  Attendees are encouraged to submit their own questions for the speakers ahead of time by email to Krys Renzi under the subject line January 12 CHADD meeting.  

Revanette Gilmore is an experienced Special Educator, school administrator and program developer with close to 25 years of experience. Ms. Gilmore has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling and an undergraduate degree in Special Education with a minor in Psychology.  Dr. Levine is an experienced special educator, staff trainer, university professor, school administrator and program developer with over twenty years experience working with children with disabilities.

The meetings are open to the community. Admission is FREE to CHADD Members/$5 Contribution is requested from non-membersDownload the flyer for this event here.  For more information, please contact Krys Renzi, at 410-796-6700. For driving directions and other calendar listings:  www.chadd-mc.org/calendar

Jan20event"Be Your Child's Best Advocate" 

Thursday, January 20 at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA.  Doors open at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30. 

Michelle Davis and Rich Weinfeld are the featured speakers for this program, presented by CHADD of Northern Virginia.  Find out about the many ways you can help your son or daughter succeed in school. 

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders) is a nonprofit organization that provides information and support to parents of children with attention deficit disorders, adults with attention deficit disorders, and others dealing with people affected by attention deficit disorders. Through monthly meetings with guest speakers, a periodic newsletter, support groups, and the caring of other parents as well as education and medical professionals, CHADD members form a supportive network to exchange helpful ideas about raising and educating children with attention deficit disorder.

Jan22eventOne Day Advocacy Workshop and Special Needs Advocacy Course

Make plans now to attend "Understanding Special Education Law and Policy," a one day workshop designed for parents, teachers, special educators, related service specialists and mental health providers., taught by Michelle Davis and Rich Weinfeld.  Participants will obtain an understanding of current laws and policies that specifically relate to IEP's and 504 plans, and increase their knowledge base in order to work effectively for children with special needs.  Saturday, January 22 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the National 4H Center in Chevy Chase.  Only $75 - register today! 

instituteThis workshop is also a preview of our graduate-level  four-session course, Special Needs Advocacy Institute, next offered beginning on February 26 at the Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College. In this course you will gain an in-depth understanding of all facets of advocacy through supervised practice and application of skills, both during and between sessions taught by practicing advocates, attorneys, psychologists and other related service providers. You will receive individualized feedback from practicing professionals. Learn what advocates know so that you, too, can get results that make a difference for each child's future!

New flash!  We have just learned that Montgomery County Public Schools and other school districts will reimburse teachers for the Special Needs Advocacy Training Institute.  The Institute also earns 3 graduate level credits for teachers, administrators, and educators for re-certification.

We hope to see you at one (or more) of these special events. Remember that our books are also wonderful resources, too!  Click below to order: 

School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book:  What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Special Needs Child


ABCs for Life Success, LLC

In This Issue
Jan 12: "Going to Bat for Your Child's Education" in Elkridge, MD
Jan 20: Be Your Child's Best Advocate" in Vienna, VA
Jan 22: "Understanding Special Education Law and Policy" in Chevy Chase, MD
Follow-up Links

ABCs for Life Success website

Register for Jan 22 Special Needs Advocacy Workshop

Special Needs Advocacy Training

Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book cover
Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book

School Success for Kids with EBD cover
School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

The ABC for Life Success Team

Michelle Davis, M. Ed
Eric Levine, Ed. D.
Amy Mounce, MA, M. Ed.
Revanette Gilmore, M. Ed.
Paul Livelli, Ph. D.
Gretchen Holtzinger Levine
Nina Hagan, MAT
Kelly Diamond

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