It can be overwhelming advocating for yourself or your child when you don't have experience with the system and don't know your rights and which accommodations you can request.
One of your first stops should be your division's website to see if they have a formal or informal dispute resolution process posted, and to see what information their website offers in terms of advocating for a student or addressing concerns.
The Manitoba Education website has a Student Services section that outlines various processes and policies regarding Special Education. These may help you understand the rights of students and the obligations of school divisions to meet their students' needs.
The MB Ed website also has a section under Student Services called Parent Information. This includes the Appropriate Education Programming Regulation which explains assessments, IEPs (now SSPs), school-related activities, transition into school,
If you need additional support and assistance in advocating for your child, please contact us.
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Parent's Guide to the Formal Dispute Resolution Process
The below PDF brochure is from the Manitoba Education Student Services website. Unfortunately it has been our experience that parents, caregivers, and advocates are not made aware of this process, nor are they given the below information. It is our goal to make this information more widely available and widely known by parents, caregivers, and professionals. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Parent's Record of Communication with Professionals
We suggest maintaining a record of communication with school staff and other professionals when advocating for your child. This is to help parents keep contacts with professionals organized and to visualize the efforts parents are making on behalf of their children. Further down we have uploaded and made available a sample parent concern protocol. Please note that it is best to first attempt to resolve any issues directly with the person involved prior to escalating your concern.
Parent and Caregiver Concern Protocol
If you have a concern with your child's school, but aren't sure who to speak to, check the division's website to see if they have an organizational chart posted. If not, this chart may help.
First and foremost, every reasonable effort should be made to respectfully resolve a concern directly with the staff member involved. If no resolution can be made, the individual with the concern is encouraged to proceed to deal with the concern through the levels of supervision.