An advocate is a person who speaks or writes in support of, on behalf of, or in defense of another person or cause.
A special education advocate is an educational professional who has knowledge of the special education process and state and federal special education laws.
An advocate provides support, encouragement, and information to parents. They work with parents and the school district to help secure appropriate educational services for their child.
Our goal as your child's advocate is to ensure that the school provides your student with a free and appropriate public education that includes specially designed instruction to meet his or her unique needs.
The most important role of the special education advocate is as a teacher. We will help you and your child to develop skills that will continue to serve you long after we have gone.
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What is an Advocate?
Raising a child with a disability is not an easy task.
As a parent you have to constantly strive to help your child achieve success in all realms, especially the classroom.
We are here to help parents and students achieve success in the classroom by ensuring that your student is receiving the free and appropriate public education that they are entitled to under the Individuals with Disability Act or IDEA. We assist by attending ARD meetings, 504 meetings and teacher conferences. We also review paperwork for compliance.
We also assist with resolution meetings, mediation, and due process hearings.
If you need assistance with helping your child receive these services, please contact us.
Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings, by law are designed for parents to be full contributing members in the Educational Planning Process.
Sometimes schools and teachers forget that your involvement in the IEP process is your right. Because your child is one of many childern being served in the school, schools generally have a routine of how they handle ARD/IEP meetings.
Educator lingo including acronyms, levels of performance, and test data results can be confusing. Your school's Special Education team may forget to speake in language everyone in the meeting understands.
Having an advocate who understands the process, knows what is possible, and understands what it is like to be a parent and an educator helps bridge the gap to optimize the educational planning.