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THE NEW DEBATE SERIES

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Understanding and Balancing the Two Sides of FAPE. Every child in the United States with or without disabilities has a right to FAPE, which is a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Schools and parents frequently have different (sometimes extremely different) opinions about what is considered "appropriate" and issues regarding the provision of FAPE often arise. An advocate can help find harmony and balance between parents and schools and provide solutions to resolve any differences in opinion. READ The Two Sides to Appropriate Under FAPE.

"No one understands what my child is going through. There are days where it feels that we won't make it through the next hour. I can't go anywhere with my child and I can't go anywhere without my child. The principal or someone from the school calls me almost every day - sometimes several times a day."

"Why can't anyone tell me what is going on? How can I make things better? Is there hope for the future? Where can I find information to help us? I need some support, but I feel so very alone - are we the only ones with a child with pediatric onset bipolar disorder?"

These are just some of the thoughts and questions that went through our heads from the time when we first realized there was something "different" about our son; went through the process of seeing several doctors; finally got a diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder; and then began looking for information not just to help ourselves, but to help our son.

We had a very hard time finding information about children and bipolar disorder in general, let alone specific information such as what to do about school. We also couldn't find a meaningful support system - other parents of children with bipolar disorder - that could share experiences, ideas, and information.

Not only did we want to learn all we could about childhood (early onset) bipolar disorder and then be better able to help our son, but we wanted to connect with other parents and know we were not alone.

This website was started to bring not only information, but help, support, and hope to parents of children with bipolar disorder. Our children need to know that while every child is unique and special, there are other children like them with bipolar disorder who experience many of the same things - intense outbursts, rapidly shifting moods, sometimes aggressive impulses, and negative thoughts. As parents, we need to know we are not alone in this. We are not the only ones trying to figure out what is going on with our child and what we can do to help them - we need to hear from other parents - we need a good support system.

 

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BILL O'REILLY: WAR AGAINST THE MENTALLY ILL?
Bill O'Reilly believes "there is little we can do to protect ouselves against the mentally ill.



SHAME ON YOU, FOX NEWS!
Hosts of Fox News programs insult and stigmatize the mentally ill with statements like "They're nuts." and "Crazies do what crazies do."



Getting it right.  Crossroads School in Montana - a behavior program that works and helps children succeed at school, home, and in the community
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An advocate is someone who writes and/or speaks on behalf of, in support of, or in defense of another individual and/or cause. A special education advocate is someone who does this for parents with children who have special needs and/or disabilities. A special education advocate is a representative that informs parents of educational rights and assists families in negotiating with the school district. A special education advocate has knowledge and expertise about special education and the applicable state and federal laws and must work within the guidelines of these laws.

A special education advocate is not an attorney. A special education advocate can't provide legal advice or practice law. If your case goes to mediation, due process, a hearing, or any legal proceeding, a special education advocate will recommend that you seek the services of an education attorney.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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