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Parent mentor attends conference in Milwaukee
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Tuesday, August 06, 2013 7:01 PM

Cathy Ruiz, parent mentor for Western Buckeye Educational Service Center and service coordinator for Paulding County Family and Children First Council, recently attended Region 4 Parent Technical Assistance Center Summer Conference in Milwaukee.

Ruiz represented the Paulding County area and participated in trainings, meetings and conferences with the current OCECD executive director and several staff members.

With this training, she aspires to provide the highest quality services available for the parents of children with disabilities, as well as area school districts and county, region, and state agencies with whom she collaborates around the region.

Ruiz has served as a parent mentor for the past six years. As a parent of two children with special needs, she understands the daily struggles and trials and tribulations associated with raising children with disabilities.

Because of her passion and indisputable understanding of the special education process, she has dedicated the past six years to helping other parents who deal with these same issues. More specifically, she provides information and resources to families and school districts, including educational laws, district programs and services, community resources, and special-needs-related resources, all free of charge.

Additionally, Ruiz, who has spent numerous hours presenting special-needs-related trainings state-wide, will guide families through the special education process, including rights and responsibilities; will listen and provide support to families and educators on an individual basis; will attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings at a parent’s or school’s request; will organize and conduct informational sessions or workshops based on the needs of families and school personnel; and will attempt to build collaborative partnerships between families, schools, and committees to benefit students with disabilities.

She can easily be reached by telephone at Wayne Trace Payne Elementary (419-263-2512 ext. 454) or by e-mail (cruiz@wb.noacsc.org).