With over 30 years experience, I am an educational advocate with extensive knowledge of special education laws governing public schools in VA, MD and DC.
What is an Educational Advocate?
An educational advocate assists families in navigating the complex maze of educational, legal and medical bureaucracies to secure the best possible educational program and appropriate services in both public and private schools for children from infancy through high school.
What do Educational Advocates Do?
Educational advocates facilitate communication and coordination between family, school personnel and other professionals. Advocates:
- provide educational planning,
- develop individual education plans, (IEPs, IFSPs)
- conduct parent advocacy training,
- interpret educational, medical and psychological assessments with regard to the child’s educational needs,
- conduct site visits to school programs, and
- provide recommendations for school programs.
Who do Educational Advocates Help?
Educational advocates help families with any special learning concerns. is an effective, articulate advocate for children and adolescents with special needs. Expertise includes the ability to work with the following diagnoses:
- Learning Disabilities… e.g. learning deficits,
- Neurological Disabilities… e.g. Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, Tourette’s Syndrome, seizure disorders,
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),
- Emotional Disabilities… e.g. behavior issues, Mood Disorder, Social Problems or Deficits, OCD,
- Physical Disabilities,
- Speech and Language delays,
- Chronic Illnesses…e.g. cancer patients,
- Injuries… e.g. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and
- Developmental delay.