Advocacy

Parents of the of 170,000 children in Massachusetts with special needs rely on their local school districts to provide appropriate services. Getting those services is especially difficult during the current economic recession. Even tougher, parents say, is dealing with feelings of ostracism as they hear others begrudging their families funding for services. Reporter Cathy Corman listened in on a workshop at a non-profit organization in Boston dedicated to teaching parents how to demand respect as they advocate for services for children with special needs.