Partnership Advocacy: Bringing IEP Knowledge to Families, One Binder at a Time

Speakers: Caterina Campbell and Nikki Huggan

*These speakers will be presenting in person at the Penn Stater.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance. 

Learn how two parents partnered with their local educational professionals to provide an organizational tool to help families navigate the special education process. Through the Partnership Advocacy series, these parents, along with Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, engaged families and professionals who support students receiving special education services. Creating and distributing IEP Binders to the families of incoming kindergarten students was just the beginning. This interactive session will allow participants to leave with a constructed binder that will allow them to replicate the process in their own LEA or parent support group.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech Therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals; Students; Advocates

Speakers’ Bio: 

Caterina Campbell is a wife and the mother of four beautiful children, three of whom have IEPs. She and her family live in Bangor, in the northeast corridor of Pennsylvania, near the Pocono Mountains. Caterina is the Founder and Co-Lead of the CIU 20 Parent Support T.E.A.M.--Together, Educating, Advocating, Moms, (Dads, and Families). She is passionate about leading change and is actively involved in her school district, school board, and her community. Caterina is a tenured member and local leader of the FAMILIES TO THE MAX Statewide Family Network. She collaborates with Colonial IU 20 to help educate families, educators, administrators, and future teachers attending college to improve the lives and education of all children, especially those with disabilities.

Nikki Huggan is a wife and the mother of two amazing children with mitochondrial disease and IEPs. She and her family live in East Bangor, just south of the Poconos. Nikki Co-Leads the CIU 20 Parent Support T.E.A.M.--Together, Educating, Advocating, Moms, Dads, and Families. She is a local leader of the FAMILIES TO THE MAX Statewide Family Network and is an Ambassador for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Nikki is an inspired advocate who works closely with the educational and medical communities to better the lives of individuals, particularly those who are medically fragile. Her drive and commitment motivate her to make a real difference in Pennsylvania and beyond.