Reflecting on the 2012 COPAA Conference in Miami

I’d like to thank the fine folks at COPAA for putting together a wonderful program. For those of you that aren’t familiar with COPAA, it is the Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Many of our gains in Special Education laws and procedures are a direct result of the tireless work of COPAA. I would strongly advise parents and professionals join COPAA and help support this outstanding organization. Additionally, it will keep you in the know with trends in Special Education laws and regulations.

From a personal standpoint, I was misdiagnosed as a child with a behavioral disorder (instead of ADHD) and was misplaced throughout my educational experience. If I was in school today, it would have been a different experience. That being said, it makes me very happy that there’s individuals now fighting for every child. Meeting and listening to passionate professionals helps all of our children with learning differences. I just wish this was available to my parents and many other parents that felt as helpless as mine did throughout a negative experience. If you want to know where my professional passion comes from, look no further than my parents. Despite feeling helpless in the education process, they put forth one hell of an effort. If you’re as passionate, please get involved with COPAA. Even the smallest contributions make a huge difference.

I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookDigg and Tumblr. For more information on my work, check out www.carrolledu.com and www.iepexperts.com. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com if you have any additional questions.

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