“We are Drowning in Information But Starved for Knowledge.”
– John Naisbitt
MPAD’s Special Education team continuously seeks to broaden its understanding of the needs of students receiving special ed services. To that end, we have scheduled a series of structured roundtables designed to elicit opinions and suggestions for improvement from stakeholders in this arena.
On May 1, our team had the opportunity to speak with parents during a 2 hour MPAD sponsored dinner at Harvest Seasonal Grill in Moorestown. Our discussion centered around the challenges and obstacles to getting appropriate services. A partial summary of comments follows:
• “I have no Idea as to what a school could or should provide. I feel like I’m flying blind.”
• “We get misinformation – even from the County Office of Special Ed.”
• “We are education starved and need reliable and current resources.”
• “I wish there was someplace we could call to ask ‘stupid’ questions.”
As we explored this pervasive problem together, roundtable participants suggested that a helpline dedicated to answering basic questions would be welcome. Another idea was for MPAD to create a Facebook or other online community where a professional would be available on a weekly basis to shed light on parent inquiries. Finally, the group told us that parents in the community would benefit from a series of educational seminars taught by one or more of our lawyers.
Do any of these ideas resonate with you? Please contact Matt Litt at (856) 642-6445 if you have any additional suggestions or want to become part of the conversation.
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