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Running head: FIELD EXPERIENCE A: ADVOCACY1Field Experience A: AdvocacyChelsee’ SostandGrand Canyon University: SPD 510Instructor Dr. JacobsFebruary 13, 2019Field Experience A Summary
Running head: FIELD EXPERIENCE A: ADVOCACY2Special education staff plays a crucial role, at assisting students and families. By assist-ing the families of student’s with disabilities, the educator must help find services and resources within the community that can be beneficial to meeting the needs of the student. It is the special education staff responsibility to provide the parents and students with local disability advocacy organizations, to help make decision as of what additional system of support in the area, can be utilized to provide the child with needed support and services. This paper will discuss some rele-vant information, that has been gathered from my interview, which can be provided to the par-ents and students to help them have an understanding as of how local advocacy organizations canprovide support to their families and the child with disabilities.Descriptive Summary of InterviewI had the opportunity to interview Brandi Book-Stute, who is the Director if Residential Services, at the Arc of Acadiana in New Iberia, Louisiana. Brandi job title consist of assigning work crew job tasks, to help assist individuals with developmental disabilities. She was able to take me on a tour to the areas in which the individuals with disabilities lived, worked, and at-tended day programs that allowed disabled individuals to interact with other disabled peers, by participating in fun activities. As we drove to our destinations, Brandi was able to provide me with a brief synopsis as of what The Arc of Acadaina entitles them to do. She stated that “ they are committed to helping individuals with disabilities reach their full potential by offering them options and providing them with meaningful opportunities to enhance their lives and promote in-dependence”. Ms. Stutes, also assist me with answering some questions regarding some of the services in which the organization provides. The first place we visit was the day program service in which The Arc, provided activities such as arts and crafts, and music therapy for the individu-als with disabilities. She also mentioned how the organization provided a continuum of place-