Q: “How can hiring a special education advocate help me?"
A: In many ways! Read on…
Get Informed Amy can….
inform you of your rights and suggest appropriate special education services and programs to meet your student's individual needs.
articulate the meaning of assessments and reports and explain them with regard to your child's educational needs.
Get Organized Amy can….
help you prepare for the IEP meeting - including proposing goals and objectives, reviewing supportive evidence and materials, helping put concerns and requests in writing, and providing strategies for the IEP meeting.
review all special education and section 504 documents, including student files, assessment reports, IEPs and Section 504 Plans.
assist you with drafting letters and written requests or complaints to the school, district, or the State Department of Education.
Get Empowered Amy can….
accompany you to IEP, Section 504, and other school meetings and provide advice and assistance as needed throughout the IEP process.
review IEP documents and advise you before you sign them.
help you get your concerns heard by the district and help you resolve a dispute.
assess the strength of your case and make recommendations on how to proceed and refer you to a special education attorney, if needed, should you believe that you are ready to take your case to due process or file a complaint.
empower, inform, guide and educate parents and students to strengthen their own advocacy skills.
Amy's primary responsibility is to represent the best interests of the student in the educational process.