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Triangle Company Works For Schoolchildren, Parents

Posted August 16, 2001

— Most parents support their child's school and the way their children are taught. But when a child's needs require a change, parents are often bewildered trying to get schools to listen to them. Kidvocacy, a new business on the child's side, is ready to help.

Schools can be a confusing place for students, but even a harder place for their parents, and if a child has a disability, everyone can feel lost in the bureaucracy. When wrangling with school systems, parents can sometimes hit a wall.

"You always know what you want. It's your child, you've raised him since the moment he was born. But you don't know what the school offers or how they offer it, or what services are available," said parent Jeanne Duwve, whose son has special education needs.

Duwve knows her son's school means well, but she worries about inconsistencies in how he is being taught.

Then this summer, the family received a blow: Duwve's son was transferred to a new school.

"One of the reason he loves to go to school is so that he can hug all his teachers. Taking him away from that would have destroyed his year," said Duwve.

Duwve thought the school's action was final, until she found Kidvocacy.

"Many parents will contact me and express to me that they don't feel like they're heard, they don't feel like they have a voice. I help them with that," said Kidvocacy Advocate Jacqueline Wisnauskas.

Kidvocacy finds solutions based on one thing: what is best for the child. They meet with the family, they form a plan, and then head to school.

"If you bring us together, we can become a whole, if you have all the shareholders together, and all those pieces put together the goal is success for the child we're working with," said Wisnauskas.

Duwve's son began classes Monday with everyone on his side He maintains consistency and routine, which is part of his special education plan, and his parents are delighted.

Kidvocacy charges on a sliding scale based upon the time and complexity of the case.



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