Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Guest Blog at Parents Place

"Every child deserves a proper diagnosis. Every child is worthy of a free and legal education. Every parent is entitled to know their options." This is the proclamation on the welcoming page for the Diagnosing Parents Rights website. The site, authored by writer and activist Sera Rivers, is a full of information and encouragement for parents of kids with disabilities. In addition to information about Sera and her journey as a parent, the site contains useful links and is home to "Parents Place," a blog / discussion board for parents. I was impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm with which the information on this site is presented, so when I was asked to guest blog at Parents Place, I eagerly agreed. The topic is advocacy strategies for parents, and I shared some of the top tips for advocacy based on my experiences in attending IEPs with many parents over the years. Parents - this blog post is for you, and I hope you find it useful and insightful!

1 comment:

  1. Every child does deserve a proper diagnosis! And the funding and supports to match.
    I recently co-wrote a book entitled, LEAD BABIES. It is a look at the issue of ADHD, learning disabilities, behavior and developmental disabilities through the lens of cause. So much of what becomes a barrier to learning and positive social relationships is permanent damage to the developing brain - both in-utero, and in the first 2 years after birth, cause by neurotoxic exposure; lead (and lead + mercury for autism). For a number of reasons the scientific facts around lead and mercury-caused brain damage has been pushed a side.
    But nonetheless, a student who is confirmed to have had alcohol exposure in-utero receives special education funding ( at least in BC, and other Canadian provinces). Alcohol is a neurotoxin (a "solvent") but no different from lead or mercury and all of them do similar and often identical damage.
    Not only do parents have a right to a proper diagnosis, funding for brain damage should be equitably received. ADHD and learning disabilities are most often the result of lead. Proof can be obtained by digital bone x-rays and analysis of baby teeth.
    As long as parents view their children's learning challenges as anything other than brain damage, they will continue to go unfunded.

    For more information,

    Dr. Sandra Cottingham
    co-author, Lead Babies