Parent Mentor

A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help parents of a child suspected of or diagnosed with a disability. The Parent Mentor provides training, support, and information services to help families and educators communicate effectively to ensure that students with disabilities receive a meaningful and appropriate education.

Services provided by the Parent Mentor include guiding families through the special education process, attending meetings with families to offer support, and helping to build collaborative partnerships between families and schools. Our parent education program also provides a lending library with resources for families to borrow on a variety of topics related to disabilities and special education. All services are provided to families free of charge.
 
Please contact our Parent Mentor if you have any questions or need support. She has been through the process and can help!

Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor
Telephone: 419-214-3066
Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org
 
 

Sibshop Program

One program supported by the Parent Mentor is the Sibshop Program. This program is focused on siblings of children with disabilities who are ages 9-16. Sibshops are lively, action-packed workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so-good things, and for many, somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another- if they are given a chance. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with new games designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range and special guests.

More information about attending the program for the 2018-2019 school year will be available soon.

National Sibling Support Project
 

Parent Trainings

The Parent Mentor collaborates with community agencies to organize and support trainings that may be of interest to parents.

Parent Trainings are offered in collaboration with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.
 
Please contact our Parent Mentor if you have any questions or need support.

Parent Mentor Programs


Participants will gain a functional knowledge of parent’s rights under IDEA, special educations laws to better support and advocate for their child.

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