Public School Advocacy

IEP/504 help to get what your child needs to succeed in public school.

Service Description

Getting your bright child with learning-related disabilities to receive the help needed to succeed in public school is often stressful. Without adequate knowledge of the federal and state special education laws and local school system policies, it is difficult to be a fully active participant in the IEP/504 process. We understand that you know your child's needs best and are the most important member of the school team. With a knowledgeable and supportive (non-attorney) advocate at your side, you are more likely to have your concerns heard. Having a calm, unemotional, collaborative, yet tenacious voice supporting your child's needs at your meetings will often provide a more productive outcome. We will start with a full review of any educational, psychological or other evaluations as well as school and related reports to best understand your individual child’s strengths, challenges, and needs. We will help with... • Guiding you through the IEP or 504 plan process. • Advocating for your child's needs. • Supporting you through interactions with the school to reduce stress and anxiety. • IEP and 504 meeting attendance (or coaching behind the scenes). • Effective parent input statements. • Collecting important data. • Staying organized as you navigate the special education process. • Ensuring your IEP or 504 plan is being implemented. • Public school placements. • Escalating things within the school district as needed for resolution. • Ensuring your parent voice is heard and considered at team meetings. • Supporting you at any team meetings or conferences. • Developing a strategy to get to YES on important issues at the IEP/504 table. • Collaborating with outside professionals to support your case. • Supporting your child in receiving needed services and goals. • Advice and education on IEP timelines and how the system works. • Expert document review (e.g., IEP, 504, assessment reports, Prior Written Notice, Invitation Letters) • Crafting polite but firm letters to school staff. • Referrals to attorneys if needed. • Helping with other public school concerns such as bullying; change of school assignments; transcript review; course selection; and gifted, 2e, or special education programs. With a trained educational consultant supporting you, you can let your guard down with the school, knowing that a professional is there to help you through these challenging school experiences.