How will an educational advocate help parents to achieve high quality education and services for their child?

  • Represent the best interests of the student in the educational process.
  • Has a working-knowledge of Federal and State laws pertaining to children with special needs and can inform parent/guardians of both parental and children’s rights.
  • Suggests appropriate services, programs and accommodations/modifications to meet the student’s individual needs.
  • Can provide classroom observation reports.
  • Helps interpret the meaning of assessments and reports to parents/guardians, and explain their significance to the child’s educational needs.
  • Reviews all special education documents, including files, assessments, report cards, observation reports, etc., prior to Eligibility/IEP/504 meetings.
  • Prepares parents for Eligibility/IEP/504 meetings. This could include interpreting and prioritizing support materials, proposing goals and objectives, and providing/rehearsing strategies for the meeting.
  • Accompanies parents to Eligibility, IEP, 504 meetings, and any other relevant school meetings to provide advice and assistance.
  • Reviews IEP documents prior to parental agreement and sign off.
  • Helps parents/guardians put requests in writing. Drafts letters, responses, complaints and written requests to school and district officials.
  • Provides assistance in creating “a record” of school services, correspondence, evaluations, and data logs etc.
  • mpowers and educates families by strengthening their own advocacy skills.