Contact Graciela to speak at your early childhood conference, your conference for parents raising children with special needs, advocacy skills event for parents, etc. Here is a list of recent speaking engagements and testimonials from attendees.
- "Thank you for sharing this information and your daily life with us. I enjoyed her story and it helped me think about how to teach and ask parents what works for them."
- "Awesome training; very eye opening!"
- "Wonderful real-life family story of survival and success in raising an exuberant, confident child who happens to be blind; thanks for sharing and empowering others."
- "To allow for children to be more independent in centers and to create a more interactive environment, especially in making music."
- "Give them the freedom to explore themselves and their abilities; you never know what they can or can't do unless they try it."
- "The importance of allowing a child to experiment, to 'find their one thing and master it', and to continue looking for ways to help parents set up active learning for their child at all ages"
- "I will share this DVD with families I work with who are beginning the process of raising a blind child."
- "Implement activities to increase preschoolers' mobility and confidence in their abilities at our school-hang the trapeze!; empower parents to let their kids explore but be safe (wear a helmet when necessary)"
- "Do not teach fear; teach self preservation."
- "Great! Thank you so much!"
- "Great presentation! Makes me want to switch from going into Special Ed to Advocating."
- "You are so inspiring! By far the best seminar of the day."
- "Great presentation! Specific, informative, useful."
- "This was an awesome resource for parents; as a teacher who has advocated for other children, and as a parent of a 14 year-old with an IEP, I gained so much new information. We need to figure out a way to get this type of workshop to at least every family transitioning from birth-to-three."
When asked to "list two major points you got from this training that you plan to implement" they stated:
- "Have an understanding of IDEA and look into the Wrightslaw newsletter."
- "To learn IEP law and ask IEP team to 'show me where it says that.'"
- "Make an audio recording of every meeting; purchase Wrightslaw e-book as a reference."
- "How to address district's resource problems, using the IEP goal development worksheet and parent's master documents binder."
- "The crucial nature of parent education and empowerment (we will make parent info night this year); great info about laws and ADHD."
- "Better idea of the law and ideas on how to negotiate to meet my child's needs."
- "Provide working handouts to parents; provide good basis for discussion with family on IEP rights."
- "Educate yourself on the law, ask questions, really advocate for your child."
- "I need to know the law instead of counting on the school district to follow it; send requests in writing."
- "Ask in writing for assistance; ask for written proof rather than accepting verbal explanations."
- "Parents need to be knowledgeable in the law and advocate for their child."
- "Really know the IDEA statute and help parents know the law. I, as a teacher, can legally advocate for families."
- "Make sure you request evaluations in writing; your legal right to refer for evaluation; teachers can request evaluations too."
- "You can solve almost every problem that arises objectively by referring back to the written law."
- "They can't make you put your child on medicine; don't sign the IEP at the meeting-take it home to review it."
Conference Speaking Engagements for the presentation entitled "Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out: Raising a Confident Blind Baby, Toddler, Preschooler." DVD of presentation (and comments from those who are using it to educate and inspire families) is available at www.babymilagro.org/DVD.
California Teachers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped (CTEVH). Educator workshop. San Francisco, March 2009. Created original content.