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May 8, 2024

Fighting for Your Child’s Right to Assistive Technology

Welcome to another enlightening episode of The Parenting Cipher with your host, Genie Dawkins. Today, we dive into a critical yet often overlooked aspect of education: the accessibility of assistive technology in inner-city public schools for students with behavioral neurological diagnoses like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. We'll explore how budget constraints limit these vital resources and discuss practical steps parents can take to advocate for their children. From sharing personal struggles to navigating the often challenging public school system, Genie provides a comprehensive guide on how to equip our children with the tools they need to succeed. Get ready to feel empowered, as this episode not only tackles tough issues but also boosts our resolve to support and uplift our kids in their educational journeys. Join us as we unlock the potential of every child with the right support and technology.

In This Episode:

Genie Dawkins shares her personal struggle with securing assistive technology for her son and uses her experience to offer insight and advice for other parents in similar positions. She discusses the disparity between the resources available in underfunded public schools versus private schools and stresses the importance of parents' advocacy to bridge this gap.

Key Takeaways:

- Understanding the spectrum of assistive technologies and their significance in supporting students with disabilities.

- Navigating the challenges presented by the underfunding of assistive technology in public schools.

- Practical steps to advocate for assistive technology, including knowing your legal rights and collaborating with educators.

- The benefits of assistive technology in not only aiding academic success but also boosting student confidence and independence.


07:38 Adapting assistive technology to support students in need.

10:08 Underfunded schools impact children's education and support.

14:10 Assistive technology helps students focus on comprehension.

17:08 Schools may lack awareness and resources for assistive technology.

20:15 Special education consultant advocates for technology access.

22:15 Closing the gap for neurodiverse kids is essential.

28:05 Instructions sent for child's independent learning.

29:28 Use speech-to-text to ensure accountability in schools.

34:53 Choosing a song for personal motivation and growth.


Links and Resources:


"Assistive technology is not just a tool; it's a bridge to unlocking our children's potential." - Genie Dawkins

"Every child deserves the right tools to succeed, and sometimes, it's up to us as parents to build that toolkit." - Genie Dawkins

Speaker Biography:

Genie Dawkins is a devoted mother and dynamic advocate for children's education rights, especially those with special educational needs. With her insightful podcast, The Parenting Cipher, Genie empowers parents with knowledge and strategies to support their children's educational journey and advocate for necessary resources, including assistive technology.

Tune into this episode for a deep dive into how assistive technologies can revolutionize learning for students with special needs and how you can play a pivotal role in that transformative process.

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