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Special Education is a journey, not a destination.

Special education is an entitlement under the law for eligible children with disabilities who require specialized education instruction in order to make progress.  As your child grows and their needs change, their special education program also needs to change.  Determining what your child is entitled to and what you must provide to the school department to ensure that their needs are met is what our advocacy services will help with.  We will support what you feel is necessary for your child to be successful.  We want what you want…Your child’s success… in school and beyond!

Our special advocacy services:

Review Records:

Review IEP:  Review your child’s IEP to determine if the goals, accommodations, services, and placement are appropriate to provide your child a meaningful education.

Review Evaluations:  Your child’s evaluations provide information to understand your child’s needs.  This enables the team to establish what services, goals, and accommodations your child will need to make progress.

School Records:  Record review includes a review of all school records, including; evaluations, progress reports, ieps, report cards, team meeting notes, and any other relevant information.

Attend meeting:

Team meetings:  IEP meetings, Annual Review meetings, 3 Year Reevaluation meetings, and Update meetings

Placement meetings: Meetings to determine appropriate placement where the IEP can be  fully implemented and your child can make effective progress.

Transition Planning meetings: Transition to Adulthood is an important part of special education for students and ensuring that the services are appropriate to enable the student to transition successfully to post secondary life is vitally important.

Manifestation meetings: When there are concerns about behavior and how that behavior is related to the child’s disability is complicated.  Parents should never attend a manifestation meeting alone.

Mediation meetings:  When the parties disagree, they can participate in a voluntary process of mediation. This is provided at no cost and the state department of education provides independent mediators.

Resolution Meetings: If mediation is not successful, the school department and the parents can participate in a resolution meeting.  This provides a last opportunity to try to resolve any disputes before going forward to a Due Process Hearing.

We will provide you with information, guidance, and support so that you will understand the process of special education and learn strategies for advocating for your child.  We use persuasive language, documentation, and legal references to ensure that your child gets what they need.  Contact us for a free phone consultation to determine if we can provide special education advocacy services to help you and your child.

 

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