Teaching families to navigate Individual Education Programs and advocate for their children
Education is a partnership between the home and the school; as such, JMFamily Advocacy serves as a bridge between families navigating the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and the schools their children attend.
- Parents and Guardians
JMFA provides families and schools with resources, advice, and opportunities for collaboration. From the parent perspective, the Joseph Maley Foundation administers quarterly information sessions. Every session is structured with a panel to offer a brief presentation and ample time for participants to ask questions. The panel is dynamic and composed of individuals who view IEPs from every aspect: parents, educators, administrators, therapists, and attorneys.
From the legal standpoint, attorneys can broaden and deepen their special education knowledge base through Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions. These opportunities help attorneys ensure utmost integrity within each student’s IEP.
Services for siblings are offered through JMFA. Workshops provide siblings of children with disabilities an opportunity to interact with others in a comfortable setting. These workshops allow siblings to share their experiences and have a forum to discuss their own specific needs. Sibling Workshops are appropriate for individuals ages 10 to 21.
- Registration is now open for the JMFamily Advocacy Sibling Workshop. Join us for an opportunity to discuss common experiences shared with having a brother or sister with a disability. The next session will take place Tuesday evenings (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24) from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Joseph Maley Enrichment Center (7128 Lakeview Parkway West Dr. Indianapolis, IN). To register please complete this online form.
- Workshop Facilitators are a vital part of the success of this program. JMFA is seeking Facilitators who want to develop relationships with others as they share their own experiences as a sibling of someone with a disABILITY. If you feel that you are willing and able to become a part of the Sibling Workshop program as a Facilitator, please complete our online application.
JMFA educates the educator to take a proactive approach to meet each of their students’ unique needs. The Foundation provides learning opportunities for teachers and administration to understand the IEP process and Article 7. This component is addressed by working with current teachers to provide training and resources and working with education students as they complete their undergraduate coursework.
For more information, please submit the inquiry form below or contact JMFamily Advocacy Program Coordinator, Mary Bowman (firstname.lastname@example.org).