Just know, our in-depth experience and insight will support you on this path due to our comprehensive experience as an “insider”; you will immediately see a difference working with our support.
The level of partnership and collaboration, which develops due to our understanding of the special education laws, policies, instruction, and most notably, the school climate and culture, allows us to serve as a valued member of the school intervention team. As a former Special Education Director, Behavior Specialist, Principal, Highly Capable Coordinator, and trainer, as well as a K-8 teacher, an extensive background allows us to truly understand a wide range of perspectives, which supports the development of mutual understanding between clients and staff.
This is essential when selecting an advocate. For the traditional advocacy approach often creates an adversarial relationship and establishes or reinforces division between the stakeholders across the table: Our intent is to support each child through solutions, creativity, and partnership. However, we won’t back-down when it comes to your parental rights and appropriate services for your child!
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Why an Advocate?
There are life’s moments when one seeks the guidance and expertise of a skilled and experienced professional: Your child’s education is one of those times.
Consider the following: When one faces legal questions, an attorney is often the best resource to seek. If medical concerns develop, a physician or specialist may serve you best. And when you have issues with your automobile, you often seek a skilled mechanic: It’s often best to seek the advice of an expert.
So when you are facing questions or concerns related to your child’s IEP, 504 Plan, or an impending Evaluation, an experienced advocate with extensive insight will serve you and your family best. Again, there are somethings you can go the DIY route; but then again, are you really comfortable making life-changing educational decisions within a process that continues to feel uncertain or confusing?
Never go it alone!
Our initial conversation, around 30 minutes, is free. And it will be very informative and helpful. At that time, we will explore your situation and see if education advocacy is your best option moving forward. We also will discuss the costs of this process and determine a price-point which will align with your financial position. Our goal is to serve everyone and assure that pricing does not get in the way of your decision to secure services!
What are you waiting for? Give us a call.
Our philosophy is to serve everyone …
At the core, special education is founded upon “free and appropriate education” to the extent where services and resources are inclusive and guided by each child’s individual needs. We believe every child is a gift, and our advocacy practices support this premise.
As a result, our advocacy services are guided by understanding, transparency, and knowing that not everyone walks a similar social, emotional, or financial path; each one of us has a different story.
So during our initial consultation, we will spend extensive time together, so you can tell your story. And by doing so, we will develop an individualized program as well as a fee schedule which will work for you and your situation.
We support parents through two services:
Consultation: Providing you the “insider’s” understanding of the process so you can navigate successfully as an “I.E.P.” Parent:
Through a consultation partnership, we work before and after each meeting in support of self-advocacy. Our clients consistently share how this level of service provides the necessary guidance which leads to agency and confidence for both parents and students who prefer to work directly with the school and team members.
Over the years, most clients who select “Package A”, keep in touch and drop in for consultation whenever they feel over-whelmed or a bit lost within the education process. We truly appreciate these long-term relationships!
Direct Advocacy: Providing you the full spectrum of services and support before meetings, during meetings, and following up afterwards; our intent is to support you through the process.
Due to complex nature of Special Education, Behavior, or Highly Capable services, the majority of clients select “Package B”; which brings us together during the meetings through direct advocacy. By doing so, you will have a level of expertise and insight working on your behalf which can serve as a calming force within a very challenging process.