Do you have a child who has an individualized education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan, but is not receiving the services or accommodations they need?
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Do you have a child who struggles academically or has trouble getting along with other kids at school, but you don’t know why? If your child seems to have trouble in reading and writing, but is very capable in math and science, or, he seems to have trouble staying focused or organized, there might be an underlying disability present.
Both of these children have a right to an appropriate education and the support they need in preparation for their future.
If you would like support learning about your child’s educational rights and/or communicating with your school district, you might want to seek assistance from a Special Education Advocate.
What is a Special Education Advocate?
A Special Education Advocate is usually someone who has a special education degree, has a child or other family member with special needs, or has worked in a related field. They are people with a true passion for the special needs population. Advocates provide support, direction, encouragement and comfort for families and work together with you and the school district to secure the best possible education for your child.
A special education advocate stays current on State and Federal legislation.
A Special Education Advocate is Not….
A licensed, practicing attorney.
The dictionary definition of an advocate is someone who supports or defends a cause or someone who pleads on another person’s behalf; a lawyer. It should be noted that most special education advocates are not licensed, practicing attorneys, however, they are well versed in the laws and regulations of a school district as well as the Federal and State education laws.