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Group Teaches Parents How To Advocate For Inclusion
May 1, 2003

UPPER FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY--Thursday's Messenger Press ran a brief story about a group that helps parents advocate for their children with disabilities to be fully included in their schools.

Recognizing Issues in Special Education (RISE), was developed by parent Kelly Borden-Joye who felt overwhelmed by her child's IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process.

"RISE was a response to the need that parents needed more support in the IEP process," Borden-Joye said. "As a group we could make a positive change in the district to include more students."

Entire article:
"Creating stronger advocates" (Messenger Press)


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