Register online here! Space is limited.
"Parent and Child Rights in the Education System in BC:
Lessons in Advocacy"
with Dr. Sherri Brown
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016
Limited space available: We are meeting in the home of one of our Simon Fraser parents; once you are registered, the host will contact you with directions.
(If demand is great, we will offer an add'l session of this workshop at a later date.)
This talk will focus on familiarizing parents with their rights and their child's rights within the education system and in their local school environment. While the talk will address key rights and concerns facing parents with special needs children, it will also be of interest to all parents who wish to better understand their rights and options in our schools. We will discuss rights around access to an education, parent consultation, daily and data reporting of progress, in-school supports and services, the chain of command and when and how to escalate concerns, appeal processes, and more. Information will be drawn from BC statutes, precedent-setting legal cases, and policies and procedures.
Dr. Sherri Brown is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University with research interests and experience in the politics of access to health care and treatment. She has lectured widely in HIV treatment access issues in Africa and has also been an organizer of community lecture and fundraising events around these issues. She is an award-winning scholar, including Canada’s Trudeau Scholarship. Sherri is also a published author and a book co-editor whose works address issues on advocacy and access to health care in Canada and the developing world. In 2013, following her son’s autism diagnosis, Sherri’s research and advocacy interest shifted as she navigated complex public health and social service systems to access health care and treatment for her son. She now orients part of her research and volunteer efforts to the autism community. She is the Vancouver facilitator for the Autism Support Network as well as the founder of www.projectbearings.com; a new website and blog dedicated to providing evidence-based and empowerment-centred navigational and advocacy resources for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Please do not bring children as this is an adult gathering.