Visions and Voices Together

Apr 19th, 2014
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Visions and Voices Together

Welcome to a place of hope, inspiration and support!

How many of us who have children with disabilities wish our kids would be  

accepted, happy and learning at school?

Guess what? There are students with disabilities in classrooms and schools in every state of our country that are living this kind of rich and fulfilling life.

If it is happening for someone else, it can happen for your child.  Charmaine is passionate about making this a reality for your child and working with you to achieve it!

Charmaine believes when parents and educators collaborate the student wins.  Her mantra is, 

 The 3 Rs of Advocacy are Relationships, Relationships, and Relationships.  

Q: How is Collaborative Special Education Advocacy different

than traditional advocacy?

A: Traditional advocacy is often seen as adversarial, with hostile

negotiations which can lead to stalemates.

Collaborative advocacy is a process of:

* listening for understanding
* communicating effectively
* creative problem-solving
* positive negotiating

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Charmaine’s decades of experience as a parent, special education teacher, and general education teacher make her uniquely qualified to assist parents and educators. She can help the “two sides” work positively and collaboratively, for the benefit of the all, including the most important person—the student! Charmaine can also provide extraordinary guidance to educators on effective inclusive education practices, to ensure all students learn and belong together!     Kathie Snow, parent, author, and trainer

Charmaine symbolizes both wings and wheels. She sees the big picture and vision of an inclusive world but she is also well grounded as a practical problem solver. Colleen Wieck, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities 

Charmaine is a dedicated and knowledgeable educational consultant and advocate. She understands disability issues from both a parent’s and teacher’s perspective and brings a creative problem-solving perspective.  Randy Chapman, Director of Legal Services, The Legal Center for People with Disabilities  

Please know that Charmaine is not an attorney and she can NOT give any legal advice.
P. S. There won’t be any fine print here… just transparency.