The world of Special Education leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to transparency and direction. Some of that is simply a matter of variation as the manifestation of most diagnoses are on a continuum somewhere between mild to severe. In addition there is frequently at least one or two secondary diagnoses that can complicate the picture and make creating the IEP and attendant programming a challenge. Have all the needs been identified? Have all the needs been addressed in the IEP? Is the programming proposed by the school district appropriate for my child?
Many parents are not sure how to answer those questions and they frequently feel as though they are not being heard and the information they offer about their child is dismissed at the IEP meetings.
Professional advocates are always trying to put themselves out of business. As you can see from the list below when all of that has been accomplished the advocate becomes the occasional consultant as the parent and child take over advocacy for themselves.
Professional, Board Certified Special Education Advocates are skilled at:
“REMEMBER DISCRETE AND CHILD SPECIFIC INFORMATION CHANGES OUTCOMES!”
Marie Lewis RN, PhD, BCEA
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Marie Lewis is an author, consultant, and national speaker on best practices in education advocacy. She is a parent of 3 children and a Disability Case Manager, Board Certified Education Advocate, and Behavior Specialist Consultant. She has assisted in the development of thousands of IEPs nationally and consults on developing appropriately individualized IEPs that are outcome-based vs legally sufficient. She brings a great depth of expertise, practical experience, and compassion to her work as well as expert insight, vision, and systemic thinking. She is passionate and funny and she always inspires and informs.
MJ Gore has an MEd in counseling and a degree in elementary education and natural sciences. She worked as a life-skills and learning support teacher She has been honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the Director and on the faculty at the National Special Education Advocacy Institute. Her passion is social justice, especially in the area of education. She is a Board Certified Education Advocate who teaches professional advocates, educators, and clinicians the best practices in education advocacy.
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