Parents who have children with special needs, oftentimes don't know where to go when they need support. Where can parents of children with special needs find support for their child and for themselves? Why is it important to act as soon as you recognize that there is something different about your child?
In this episode, Dr. Rolanda Fabien talks about the ways that parents can advocate for their children, and how advocating helps parents to take care of themselves and do a better job as parents. Parents, you’re the expert in guiding your child. It doesn't take training to know your child, your child is your training. Learn how you can be a strong voice for your child to get the services they deserve and need.
“I want to make sure that my children have access to every opportunity as they're going through life, so that when they become adults, they become contributing members of this larger society…That's the number one goal of a parent to raise a child who is successful, who is independent, who's able to take care of themselves. That all starts at the early stage of getting the right help and the right support for them and for you as a parent.” - Dr. Rolanda Fabien
About our Guest:
Dr. Rolanda Fabien is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in educational leadership and special education. She is a military veteran and holds degrees in teaching and learning, educational leadership, counseling, student services, and psychology. Her areas of expertise include federal and state compliance in special education laws and regulations, as well as providing professional development courses for educators and organizations that support people with different abilities.
At the core of Dr. Fabien's practice is inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, which she promotes through her consulting firm, Bright IDEA Consulting. Her mission is to ensure that all learners are supported and prepared for their futures through nurturing and collaborative teams. She is committed to making her trainings readily available to adults with different abilities and parents or guardians of children with different abilities.
Dr. Fabien is also a dedicated family woman, finding joy in spending time with her loved ones and engaging in activities like playing Uno.
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