As a special educator it is not only your responsibility to instruct and support students both academically and behaviorally, but to also locate support for families and caregivers outside of the classroom. Families and caregivers may be unaware of the resources available to them in their area, or even know where to begin to seek additional support. As a special educator, you will be expected to have a wealth of knowledge in this area, pointing families and caregivers in the right direction so their child can reach their full potential.
Create a 1-2 page digital newsletter or brochure for parents and caregivers that provides background information on utilizing resources. Describe how the resources can help individuals with disabilities and their families by providing appropriate, relevant assistive services.
Your digital newsletter or brochure should:
Identify 10 organizations, specific to a community of your choice, which support parents and caregivers of individuals with disabilities. Resources highlighted should include community and supporting advocacy agencies that specialize in academic, transitional, and/or vocational skills for individuals with disabilities. Include supports at the community, state, and national level.
For each organization or agency you recommend, provide the following information:
Name of organization/agency, contact information, physical location, and website link.
A brief description of services offered specific to meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities.
A brief overview of activities, events, programs, or strategies the organization/agency has or utilizes that supports an individual with disabilities and/or the family and caregiver.
The newsletter or brochure should include graphics that are relevant to the content, visually appealing, and use space appropriately.