• You're frustrated by the Special Education or IEP Development process.
• The student's educational GAP is increasing or they are regressing.
• You don't feel like you are an equal member of the IEP team.
• You have a good IEP and no one complies with it.
• Your voice is not heard.
WE ARE FED UP WITH ADVOCATES GETTING STUCK IN THEIR PURSUIT OF:
Your child "is doing great". Can you show me real data to prove that?
I'm ready to punch that IEP in the face - HELP!
You don't really expect me to sign that IEP do - YOU?
By 9th grade your child should be able to_____, but
So is that a functional deficit that has not be identified as an educational need?
Don't worry - we will do it but we just won't put it in the IEP.
We considered it but it is not educationally based.
Why does my advocate always side with the school district in meetings?
District policy says we don't offer those services here.
That is not in our budget. You will be taking away from other children.
1:1 aide is a more restrictive environment.
You need prerequisite skills before you can be considered for a SGD/ACC device.
You cannot include a child with behaviors in a general education classroom.
All kids with Down Syndrome get the same program.
Children with good grades cannot go to ESY.
A MEMBERSHIP THAT PROMOTES THE PROFESSION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY
MAMA AND PAPA BEAR MEMBERSHIP IEP Participation Skils
It does not matter what issue your child has. You better have GOOD EDUCATION ADVOCACY SKILLS to get:
What your child needs to access their education
Close their educational gap from their peers
Independent competency based functional skill goals and outcomes
Your child prepared to be life long learners
Social cognition competency skills (not just social skills) to be safe and accepted in the community
Access to and thrive in the least restrictive environments possible.
PREPARE YOURSELF TO BE AN ACTIVE AND EFFECTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE COMPLEX IEP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.
Positive expert community support you will need to ensure your child reaches their full potential.
LEADERSHIP MEMBERSHIP Intermediate Skills
The profession of education advocacy, (whether you have a background as a parent, teacher, clinician or lawyer) requires unique education advocacy profession specific skills.
Do you really know what research based interventions are appropriate based on a child's educational needs?
Can you facilitate addressing any area of educational need present? Need identification not diagnosis is required.
Membership is packed full of in-depth training resources on all aspects of special education advocacy., reducing the time required to be an effective advocate,
LEARN TO IDENTIFY EDUCATIONAL BARRIERS, ACCESS APPROPRIATE RESEARCH BASED PROGRAMMING AND EXPAND YOUR IEP DEVELOPMENT SKILLS.
Packed full of in-depth training resources on all aspects of special education advocacy.
CHANGE AGENT MEMBERSHIP Professional Skills
Expand your IEP DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING SKILLS.
Continue your cross training in:
• Ever Changing special education best practices
• New research based practices
• Related service advocacy
• New legal concerns
Membership Improves your holistic education advocacy approach by:
• Expanding your knowledge in all professions involved in IEP development
• Expand your skills in predicting and preventing due process
• Expand your IEP compliance monitoring and letter writing skills.
Expand your practice with:
• Reproducible community fact sheets
• Statewide Chapter Leadership Opportunities
Membership is not based on interest. It is based on competency and training. DON'T BE LEFT BEHIND!
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
FREE PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
PER MONTH / $300/YEAR
PARENT MEMBERSHIP +
THE ADVOCATE'S ADVICE PODCASTS
20% DISCOUNTS FOR SELECT WEBINARS
ACCESS TO CURRENT RESEARCH BASED MATERIALS
SPOTLIGHT YOUR SUCCESSES
(AGENCY MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE - CALL FOR INFO.)
PER MONTH / $200/YEAR
ADVOCATE MEMBERSHIP +
25% DISCOUNTS ON ALL WEBINARS
365 DAY ACCESS TO ALL 80+ HOURS OF BOARD CERTIFICATION TRAINING WEBINARS FOR REVIEW
ACCESS TO 2000+ PAGES OF DOWNLOADABLE & UPDATED HANDBOOKS & MATERIALS
SPOTLIGHT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
EVENTS BOARD PROMOTION
In 2008 we decided to take all of the knowledge and experience from PROFESSIONALLY CROSS-TRAINED SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCATES who had PROVEN successful IEP outcomes from IEP development in academic, functional, vocational, post secondary education preparation and independent living goals and skills and packaged it all in one Course for Board Certified Education Advocacy!
We used it to develop a National Board Certified Education Advocate (BCEA) Course to help parents and advocates, just like you to achieve success.
We are now expanding this to include a professional membership to our Membership Academy.
We've trained ALL Advocates, in the IEP development and monitoring process, at their professional continuing education unit level, whether it be Teachers CEUs, Lawyer CLEs, Clinical (OT, S/L, Psy) credits , BCBA credits ...) We get this information at another level!
(We do this because we are tired of people throwing spaghetti at the wall
hoping that something sticks)
We have a library of content for you to dive straight into as soon as you join, full access to all topics related to IEP development, compliance and management, including quick strategy tutorials and expert workshops to deep dive on specific skills.
Our community is the heart of the Membership Academy and the place to go for all your questions, asking for feedback, gaining support and getting to know other like minded parents and advocates.
We are blessed with members who are amazing with a wide range of skills and expertise, and they make the Membership Academy forum an incredible resource to turn to 24/7.
When you pose a question on the membership, you are responsible for compiling the information provided by your colleagues and disseminating to the group. Sharing is required. We don't tolerate takers and users
We are the FIRST in so many ways!. Board Certification is a STAR of EXCELLENCE. We have been the first in this profession is so many ways.
Get a grip on the technical side of developing and managing a truly appropriate IEP- SAVING YOU HOURS OF FRUSTRATION
• Checklists, Cheat-sheets, workbooks
• immediate access to materials
NO unproven theory or relying on outdated experience. We're in the trenches and are successful at this difficult work.
SMALL MINDS DISCUSS PEOPLE; AVERAGE MINDS DISCUSS EVENTS; GREAT MINDS DISCUSS IDEAS.
Tap into the collective knowledge & experience of a like-minded community. The Academy community is there 24/7 to answer all your questions and provide feedback and support.
• Thriving positive community of education advocates and their expertise, who put their heart and soul into supporting our children with disabilities.
Members tell us they learn a lot from watching us 'do our thing'
Pod casts are living 'case studies.
We will be transparent in showing behind the scenes of our own businesses.
A professional resource not a place to complain or kvetch, no controversial postings, No personal attacks or negative/inappropriate comments. I do not want to know non essential information about you.
Straight-talking and practical advice.
Stop throwing stuff at the wall and hoping something sticks!
We are giving you step by step roadmaps to desired outcomes.
• Expert workshops
• Q&A sessions
We focus on online training and community based educational advocacy. This is the kind of site that the majority of our members are looking for. That said, much of our content is relevant to all types of professional educational advocacy: private practice, agency or parent advocacy.
• Step by step roadmaps to desired outcomes
• Expert workshops
• Q&A sessions
• immediate access to materials and trainings
• Thriving positive community of education advocates and their expertise and who put their heart and soul into supporting our children with disabilities
• Checklists, Cheat-sheets and workbooks
Absolutely - This memberships covers every stage of planning, creating and maintaining an IEP - from the very start where you just have an evaluation and nothing more. In fact now is the perfect time for you to join; as not only do we have training that will take you through every step, but you'll also be able to get support and advice from within the community too, to help you through your special education journey.
Assuming you want to keep growing your practice then the we can help you with fine tuning your ability to handle difficult cases, low incidence diagnoses, client acquisition, community trainings and retention strategies; as well as supporting you with working towards your future goals.
This is certainly not a "beginner only" community - far from it! We've helped clients grow from no practice to needing to hire other advocates in less than a year, to keep up with their business, so there's plenty of expertise that you're sure to benefit from in your continued growth.
It's time for you to take action. Simple as that. If you really want to have a successful, outcome based IEP that closes the gap and gives children FAPE then you need somewhere to get answers to all of your questions - especially the ones you don’t know you have yet. You need support, community, and most of all... accountability!
Techniques are proven and tested. Recommendations are evidence based. This is that place. If you really want to make a difference, the time is now.