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Friday, May 12, 2023




What do you get when you cross a superhero with a student with a disability? A FAPE warrior!

FAPE stands for Free Appropriate Public Education. It's a legal right that all students with disabilities have to receive a quality education, just like their peers without disabilities. But sometimes, students and their families have to fight for their FAPE rights.

That's where FAPE warriors come in. FAPE warriors are parents, advocates, and other supporters who are committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities get the education they deserve. They know that FAPE is more than just a legal right. It's a matter of justice, equality, and opportunity.

FAPE warriors are a diverse group of people. They come from all walks of life, and they have all sorts of different backgrounds. But they all have one thing in common: they're passionate about fighting for the rights of students with disabilities.

FAPE warriors are often the first to raise the alarm when a student's rights are being violated. They'll work with school administrators, teachers, and other professionals to make sure that students are getting the services they need. They'll also advocate for changes to laws and policies that make it harder for students with disabilities to succeed.

FAPE warriors are not afraid to fight for what they believe in. They're not afraid to stand up to school administrators, to file lawsuits, or to go to the media. They're not afraid to make waves.

Because they know that when it comes to FAPE, every child deserves a voice.

So if you're a parent, an advocate, or a supporter of students with disabilities, I encourage you to become a FAPE warrior. Join the fight for justice, equality, and opportunity for all students.

Here are some tips for becoming a FAPE warrior:

Get informed. The more you know about FAPE, the better equipped you'll be to advocate for your child. You can find information about FAPE on the websites of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

Get involved. There are many ways to get involved in the fight for FAPE. You can attend school board meetings, volunteer for advocacy organizations, or even run for office.

Be persistent. Don't give up if you don't get the results you want right away. Keep fighting for your child's rights, and eventually you'll succeed.

Remember, every child deserves a quality education. Be a FAPE warrior and help make that happen.

The Parents Who Fight the City for a “Free Appropriate Public Education” | The New Yorker