It is the job of the Special Education advocate to be a skillful problem solver and seek to prevent problems; only when “preventions fail” must the advocate “seek to remedy any violations of a student’s rights” (Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, Soodak 154). Another equally important aspect of being a skilled Special Education advocate is “keeping your conscience primed,” this refers to the ability to “feel…a sense of concern, irritations and sometimes even outrage when children and youth with exceptionalities and their families experience injustice” (Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, Soodak 154). It is also vital for the advocate to have a clear picture of the “nature and extent of the problem,” this must be done through careful and detailed documentation and observations. It is not enough for the advocate to attend an IEP meeting and describe the problem in a “general way,” an effective advocate must use evidence through documentation (Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, Soodak 154). In order to make a positive impact and solve problems in an efficient and effective way an advocate must also “broaden alliances,” meaning that they must have a good rapport with the “individuals who have similar concerns and interests-teachers, service providers, principals, families, students, community citizens and others” (Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, Soodak 154). Lastly, in the context of partnerships which benefit the student, the advocate must “emphasize the creation of win-win solutions; everyone who has a stake in a problem has a way of winning through the particular solution” (Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, Soodak 155). When everyone one on the IEP team or partnership is able to experience the advocate creating win-win solutions that involve all member of the team, trust and a respect is built which strengthens the partnership within the IEP team. The advocate can do this through skilled communication, “communication can lead to win-win results; and the earlier the win-win results occur the more likely the final result will satisfy all parties” (Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, Soodak 155).

 

Our Special Education Advocacy Services:

  1. Consultation by phone or email to review and discuss any special education concerns
  2. Review all documents which pertain to the student, including but not limited to: IEPs, Current Goals and Objectives, Transitions Plans (8th Grade and above), Health Care Plan (if applicable), 504 Plans, Classroom Assessments, Report Cards, Testing Results/Reports (Any/All), Monthly Progress Reports (if applicable), Point Sheets/Behavior Tracking Sheets (if applicable), Behavior Support Plans, Social/Emotional Goals,  Student Work Samples,  Assessments provided by Occupational Therapist (OT), Speech and Language (SL) or Adapted Physical Education (APE), and any correspondences with the school.
  3. Help preparing for IEP and 504 meetings
  4. Attend IEP and 504 meetings
  5. Educate parents on how to advocate for their child with exceptional needs.
    1. IEP Binder which provides one organized location for all the documents pertaining to your child with exceptional needs
      • IEP Blueprint
      • Monthly IEP Calendar
      • IEP Journal
      • Contacts
      • IEP Material Organizer Form
      • IEP Meeting Participants
      • IEP Preparation Checklist
  6. Write any letters needed to the School District or State Departments of Education the following are examples of what we can provide:
    1. Request to Amend Childs School File
    2. Request to Begin Special Education Process and Evaluation
    3. Class Visitation Checklist
    4. Letter Requesting Due Process
    5. Letter Requesting Evaluation Report
    6. Request a Child’s School File
    7. Request for Joint IEP Eligibility/Program Meeting
    8. Letter Confirming Informal Negotiation Results
    9. IEP Meeting Attendance Objection Letter
    10. Request for Information on Special Education
    11. Program Visitation Request Letter
  7. Help Prepare for Mediation or Due Process Hearing and referral to legal counsel to handle case.

Contact Jennifer Thomas 909-510-3912 (Call or Text OK)

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