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Ten Things They'll Like About You - School System Advocacy for Physicians

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

As parents continue to report that interactions with school systems on behalf of their children with disabilities are prime stress factors in their lives, we acknowledge the need for all clinicians to have a basic understanding of educational advocacy.  Based on her experience as director of Tennessee's state-wide Parent Training and Information Center, the LEND Family Faculty Coordinator developed and presents a monthly, one-hour "noon seminar" on special education advocacy for 30 pediatric residents each year during their Developmental and Behavioral rotation with the Boling Center.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

This interactive seminar:

  • Reviews the premises of IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehab Act,
  • Summarizes issues facing parents interacting with special education systems,
  • Gives tips for physicians about obtaining more effective referrals, writing orders/prescriptions for school system services, and accessing information
  • Provides strategies to connect families to needed supports such as Parent Training and Information Centers, wherever their future practices may be

Briefly describe the positive impacts this activity has had on trainees.

Residents have continued to use BCDD Family Faculty as resource consultants during their residency and later in their community practices.

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