Pioneering Canadian Parent Advocacy Course Launching in August

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 23, 2012 /CNW/ - For the parents of a special needs student, the school system can present overwhelming challenges to getting the accommodations their children require. According to Statistics Canada, one-third of Canadian parents who reported needing special education services for their child said they had experienced difficulties accessing them, with nearly half citing problems communicating with the school.

In response, the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, thanks to a $25,000 Longo's grant, created Advocacy To The Rescue, an e-learning course for parents of exceptional children. Led by instructor Dr. Norm Forman, psychologist, professional advocate, author and Advocacy To The Rescue creator, it is designed to create effective parent advocates by building critical advocacy skills over seven units.

It is the only such course offered in Canada at the national level by a national organization.

The summer session begins in August, finishing in time for parents to apply their advocacy skills in the new school year.

Full media release and contact details at www.tourette.ca/media-room.php.

SOURCE: Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

For further information:

Lynn McLarnon, Executive Director
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
T: 1-800-361-3120
lynn@tourette.ca
www.tourette.ca

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