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Season 1, Episode 13 — 20 October 2016
About this episode
Paula Wills and Michelle Phillips of Chicago’s Family Resource Center on Disabilities discuss the services that are available through the Parent Training and Information Center to parents trying to navigate the education provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Prior to being the Executive Director at the Family Resource Center on Disabilities, Michelle Phillips was a skeptical parent seeking help securing her son’s educational rights. She explains her journey from Angry Mom to Power Mom with the help of her Parent Training and Information Center.
About the presenters
Michelle Phillips (pictured above, second from the left) is the Executive Director of the Family Resource Center on Disabilities, the Parent Training and Information Center for the Chicago metropolitan area. She is the mother of an adult son with osteogenesis imperfecta and a recent grandmother to a grandchild, also with osteogenesis imperfecta. Prior to directing the Family Resource Center on Disabilities, she was a parent who learned to use the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act from he local Parent Training and Information Center.
Paula Wills (pictured above, right) is the Technology Outreach Coordinator for Family Resource Center on Disabilities Parent Information Center. Her interests include advocacy for parents of children with disabilities utilizing special education services, and technology and media management for non-profits.
Announcer: You’re listening to TASH Amplified, a podcast that seeks to transform research and experience concerning inclusion and equity for people with disabilities into solutions people can use in their everyday lives.
Today we have two of our favorite regular contributors to our Annual Conference, Paula Wills and Michelle Phillips, both of whom work at the Family Resource Center on Disabilities, which is the Parent Training and Information Center for the Chicago metropolitan area.
Paula is today’s guest interviewer. She is the Technology Outreach Coordinator at Family Resource Center on Disabilities. She is also the Co-Vice President of the Illinois TASH Chapter and has been the photographer at our annual conference for two years running. Importantly for TASH Amplified, because Paula does her own interviews at BlogTalkRadio, she helped us get started when we were just trying to figure out this podcast thing.
Paula is interviewing Michelle Phillips, her boss and the Executive Director at the Family Resource Center on Disabilities. Michelle will be a panelist at one of the general sessions at our 2016 Annual Conference to be held in St. Louis from Wednesday, November 30th-Friday, December 2nd. In today’s interview they discuss the services available through the Parent Training and Information Centers and Michelle’s own experience shepherding her son through the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The upgrades continue here at TASH Amplifed. Starting this week we now have a regular musical introduction, an original composition and performance by Sunny Cefaratti, the Co-Director and Autistic Self Advocacy Mentor at the Musical Autist.
Complete transcript forthcoming
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Today we talked about the national Parent Technical Assistance Center network created to provide assistance to parents as they navigate the education system created by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For help with your student’s Individualized Education Program and to access web-based information and tools right away, visit the Parent Training and Information Center in your state. To find your state’s Parent Training and Information Center, go to parentcenterhub.org, scroll down the page and click on the U.S.A. map for a directory of state offices.
Music for TASH Amplified is an original composition and performance by Sunny Cefaratti, the Co-Director and Autistic Self Advocacy Mentor at the Musical Autist. You can learn more about the Musical Autist at www.themusicalautist.org.
TASH is a values and research-based advocacy association located in Washington, D.C., with local chapters coving 18 states. In 2015 we celebrated our 40th anniversary. We offer organization, advocacy, collaboration, scholarship and education for people with disabilities, researchers, educators, service providers and family members. In addition to this podcast series, we offer a scholarly quarterly, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, a popular magazine, Connections, a series of conferences. You can learn more about TASH at tash.org. You can receive updates from TASH on this podcast and our other activities by following us on Facebook or on twitter at @TASHtweet.
This has been a sample of the colleagues and conversations available through TASH. It is only because of the excellent work that our members do that we can bring you this information. For more resources such as this and to become a member, visit tash.org/join.
We’ll hear from another outstanding advocate again in two weeks.
This interview was originally recorded on 28 March 2016.
This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.
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