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PARENT MENTOR

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.


HOW PARENT MENTORS PROVIDE SUPPORT

Parent Mentor Venn diagram

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


HOW PARENT MENTORS ARE FUNDED

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.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle Frygier
Parent Mentor, Geauga County
Phone: 440-635-6713

BROCHURE AND FAMILY LETTER

Letter to families from 2020-2021 Parent Mentor
Informational handout provided by the Ohio Department of Education
Informational brochure provided by the Ohio Department of Education

DISTRICTS SERVED

Berkshire Local Schools
Cardinal Local Schools
Chardon Local Schools
Kenston Local Schools
West Geauga Local Schools

ESC SPONSORED PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF

Forthcoming