Education Mentoring

One-on-One in the Classroom

Even with the challenges presented by disabilities, your child might learn best in his or her own school. Many kids do … so long as they receive focused, truly individualized assistance.

Damar’s Education Mentoring Program can provide that assistance by providing in-school support that help your child learn while being a part of his or her school community. This service – free to families with a qualifying elementary, middle, or high school student – would match your student with a staff member trained to provide one-on-one, in-school support tailored to your child.

This individualized support helps your student succeed and allows schools to meet the requirements of federal No Child Left Behind legislation. If you would like to be contacted by someone from our Support Services team click here and provide your contact information. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Advocating For Your Child

Nobody will be as passionate about your child’s education as you are.

Here are 10 ways you can turn your passion into positive advocacy:

1. Be Informed.

Learn as much as you can about your child’s special needs, but also about the systems and laws in place to help him or her get a good education.

2. Go Beyond the IEP.

An IEP (Individualized Education Program) will help to ensure that your child gets the education to which he or she is entitled, but it doesn’t guarantee that education. You’ll need to take control, making sure the IEP is followed.

3. Ask Questions.

Never pretend to understand something you don’t, no matter how embarrassed you might be to ask a question.

4. Keep Records.

Take notes in meetings, on phone calls and in other conversations, and get all reports and information from the school in writing.

5. Be Collaborative.

Generally, the people at schools will be truly interested in your child’s success. Treat them as partners and work collaboratively with them. However, if you feel they aren’t giving you all the services and information you need, push back. And if you can’t get what you need, ask for a mediator to help resolve issues.

6. Be There.

Just being seen at your child’s school, touching base with teachers, and asking for what you want will help the school keep your child’s interest in mind.

7. Get Help.

If you’re not getting what your child needs, ask for help from advocacy groups, fellow parents, your pediatrician and others.

8. Meet Well.

Attend all meetings pertaining to your child’s education, and come prepared to participate, with notes, information and questions.

9. Build Relationships.

Teachers and administrators who know you will respond better to your participation.

10. Take Emotion Out of the Equation.

This can be tough, but always strive to keep a cool head and clear perspective.