The Parent Mentor provides information to Geauga County families with special needs children and supports the relationship between the school/district and the family in regards to education and services. A unique aspect of Parent Mentors is that they provide guidance based on a combination of training and personal first-hand experience. Since Parent Mentors themselves have children with disabilities, they are familiar with the special education system and can use their knowledge to help others.
A Parent Mentor is a guide to help you navigate the special education process and to develop your skills as an advocate, the best advocate for your child. The role of the Parent Mentor assists by:
Guiding families through the special education process
Helping families understand their rights and responsibilities
Providing information and resources to families and the child’s schools. This includes education laws, district programs and updated information about special education
Engaging community services and other resources to support schools and families
Attending Individualized Education Program meetings and other meetings at parent or staff request
Listening to and supporting families and the child’s teachers on an individual basis
Connecting families, schools and communities to benefit students with disabilities
Helping families through the transition process from preschool to school and from high school and beyond
Hosting information sessions for families and staff members
There is no cost to you for Parent Mentor services. The Ohio Parent Mentor Project is funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Education.