Does your child struggle academically, emotionally, or socially at school? Have you wondered whether they need extra support? Does your child have an existing Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan? Or is your child prone to discipline issues at school? Navigating community and school services can be a confusing and intimidating process. In this presentation, Ms. Griffith will provide a general overview of early intervention services, school-based supports, and the transition to adulthood. She will discuss IEPs and 504s, including the eligibility process, support, and services. She will also touch on the discipline process, including Manifest Determination Reviews. The presentation will include best practices to help you become the best advocate for your student.
Janet Fleck Griffith, Education Advocate.
Ms. Griffith helps families and caregivers navigate various education needs for their children including eligibility determinations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, discipline, expulsion hearings, transition planning and guardianships. She is an active volunteer for Adoption Network Cleveland and provides education guidance and advocacy for families that may not otherwise be able to hire an advocate. She and her husband have two adopted children. She is passionate about her work because she has a brother and son with special needs. She is particularly devoted to serving children in foster or adoptive families because she understands that these children often experience early childhood separation, trauma and housing transitions that create unique needs and challenges in the education setting. Ms. Griffith and her family reside in Cleveland Heights where she is active in the Parent Teacher Association. She also serves on the Board of the non-profit Family to Family Support Network.