Consultant/Advocate

I work with parents of students with special needs to develop Independent Education Programs (IEP’s) and 504 Plans for students ages 3 to 22 in secondary education and transition ages through 30 with educational concerns in vocational training and college.

As your consultant, I will:

  1. Conduct a records assessment (1-3 years) to write a parent friendly report that explains everything that I read (see below).
  2. Meet with you so that I can answer any questions you may have after you have had time to review my report, and prior to any meeting with the district.
  3. Make sure that your child learns about their disability so that they understand exactly what makes learning difficult, as well as they are able to understand and as you feel appropriate.
  4. Always meet and observe my students so that I understand fully how they present in the community.

We will then come up with a mutually agreed upon plan of action for the next team meeting, which includes you opting to go to the meeting on your own with the new knowledge you have acquired.

My goal is to empower parents with the knowledge to eventually take the ball from me and allow you to be the powerful source of knowledge in the team meeting.

I consult and represent parents in special education team meetings and mediation; review placements; and testify on your behalf in hearings and your child’s behalf in juvenile court.

Price: $100 per hour with a 3 hour retainer

 $.50 a mile to travel

Virtual Advocate  

As your virtual advocate I will work with you through technology rather than face to face. This allows me to work with anyone across the country. We will utilize either Skype or Google Hangouts as the medium with which we meet and communicate visually.

We will also communicate via email and connect by conference call if necessary. If you choose to hire me virtually I will be able to represent you and your child at Team meetings as your advocate in whatever modality is made available to us. I look forward to speaking with you!

Price: $50 per half hour with a $150 retainer

Records Assessments

A Records Assessment is a comprehensive assessment of your child’s ability to learn that aligns with the federal “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), state laws for special education, standardized assessments and the new Common Core Standards Curriculum (CCSC).

It reviews, analyzes, and interprets data that is provided by a review of 3 years of the student’s special and regular education records to provide information that can be used by a team of professional; including but not limited to:

  • parents and guardians
  • transition age students
  • school teams
  • doctors
  • organizations
  • juvenile and adult service agencies and providers
  • court personnel

This review of records helps make global informed decisions specific to the presentations of a child’s disability or learning challenge based on data, in the areas of accommodations, modifications, services, assistive technology, and goals needed to create an Individual Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan in elementary, secondary, post-secondary and vocational education.

The information can then be used to make informed decisions about such things as: least restrictive environment, programs, and educational and behavioral needs.

Just as importantly, if there is no presenting disability, this resource will also explain why.

When the records show a need for more information, more comprehensive evaluations, or specific evaluative tools that will supply the teams with the information, the records assessment defines what is needed.

Basically, a records assessment levels the playing field for any entity who needs information about how to help your child succeed in their education. It also provides the knowledge that will help a student in transition to adulthood make decisions about their own life and future because it helps them understand themselves, what they need, and the way that they learn best. The information that it provides will take the guess work out of educating a student with identified or soon to be identified special needs.

Price: $300

Speaker/Trainer

As a speaker, topics and trainings are presented professionally and honestly. There are many topics that I’ve spoken on in the past, such as the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Homeless Education, Behavior, Tourette’s Syndrome and Autism. I’ve trained advocates, and many organizations that work with children with special needs around the country. My knowledge can be passed on to you!

Price: $100 per hour

$.50 a mile to travel