Answers to questions about a Special Education Advocate
An Advocate is a person who speaks or writes in support of, on behalf of, or in defense of another person or cause. A Special Education Advocate does all of this for parents with children with exceptional needs. An Advocate has knowledge and expertise concerning special education and its applicable federal and state laws and works within the bounds of these laws. A Special Education Advocate is a representative that informs parents of their educational rights and assists families in negotiating and resolving disputes with the school district. This helps to secure the best possible educational program and appropriate educational services for children with special needs.
A Special Education Advocate is not an attorney. Special Education Advocates cannot practice law or provide legal advice as an attorney. If your case goes to mediation or due process, Education Center recommends utilizing the services of an attorney at that time and will recommend one, if needed.
With an extensive familiarity with local professionals, a Special Education Advocate can refer parents to appropriate professionals for additional assistance and services.
Since each child's case is unique, the process will be also. The following is generally how the Special Education Advocate would work with the parents.
You may choose to have a Special Education Advocate do everything from beginning to end or only handle certain tasks.
Special Education Advocates help families of children with any learning concerns. Some children may have already been identified as eligible for special education services or a 504 plan. Other children may be struggling at school and parents will want to know what they can do about it.
Some specific issues that may affect a student's learning are:
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