My primary objective is to assist parents of special needs students in their quest for a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
As a Special Ed Advocate, I:
Firmly believe that parents are the best-qualified experts on their own children.
Understand that parents seldom have time and resources to amass all the knowledge needed to support their special needs child.
Recognize that special needs parents often feel intimidated and outnumbered.
Sincerely believe that school systems generally have special needs students’ best interests at heart, but I also recognize that schools operate under severe financial, social, and personnel constraints.
Am committed to communicating clearly and civilly with all concerned partiesl. I believe that sincere and honest people working together can achieve positive results. I suggest that non-confrontational approaches will, in the end, serve the child's needs best.
Realize that "nice" doesn't always work. In that event I am prepared to do battle in your behalf.
Trust that a free and appropriate public education is the right of every special needs child.
Furthermore, as an active member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates), I follow their Voluntary Code of Ethics for Special Education Advocates regarding:
- Ethical Principles
- Responsibilities to Client
- Conflicts of Interest
The complete COPAA code can be found here.