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The National webinar for parents who speak Spanish a great success!
It is extremely important for parents of children with special needs to be aware of their child’s right to a free and appropriate education. Outreach efforts to minority families are particularly important, as they typically are not as familiar about their eligibility to different programs as well as not being familiar with state and federal laws. For this reason, the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS), National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB, have formed a partnership to conduct a series of webinars to support learning opportunities for Spanish speaking parents who have a child who is deaf-blind.
The first of these webinars, Learning Basic Rights about Special Education, was held on November 8th and was a great success! Over 70 parents participated from AR, CA, CO, PA, ND, NY, TN and Puerto Rico. Several states organized gatherings to enhance opportunities for interaction. In Puerto Rico, the webinar was broadcasted as part of Puerto Rico’s Annual Family Congress. Over 25 families gathered in Long Beach (CA) to watch and participate in a facilitated discussion immediately following the presentation. Similar gatherings were held in three meeting sites in the New York City area.
Participants of this webinar learned the educational rights they are guaranteed under the law, specifically the IEP process, regulations and timelines. Future webinars will focus on early intervention and transition to adult life. Dates for these webinars are: March 14 and June 6, 2015.
Myrna Medina, Family Specialist from CA Deaf-Blind Services and Clara Berg, Family Specialist for the NY Deaf-Blind Collaborative facilitated this presentation and shared their personal and professional experiences. Participants were very responsive and asked many questions. Some of their questions were in reference to signing the IEP, requesting copies in advance, what’s the role of the Intervener, etc.
For those who were unable to attend, the webinar was recorded and can be viewed at
https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2480 under the title of “Conociendo los Derechos Básicos de Educación Especial” or you can request copies of the Power Point presentation contacting Myrna or Clara.
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