One of the things I love most about being an advocate is at the end of the initial conversation, when I’ve spoken with a parent who’s child needs help invariably the parent will say something like, “I am so glad I found you. Where have you been?” One mom said to me, “When I called your office for the first time I knew somebody understood me. I knew somebody related to what I was going through. For the first time, I did not feel like I was crazy.”
At The IEP Advocate we are parents of children who struggle in school. We are parents of, or have worked with, children who have struggled in public school in some way. We have advocated successfully for our children and we want to help you advocate successfully for yours.
My daughter, 20, has cerebral palsy and I have advocated for her since pre-k. Shannon, who schedules our advocates for all our IEP meetings, is the mother of a son with autism and has advocated for him for 20 years. Courtney’s son is physically disabled. I met her when she took our advocate training class hoping to learn how to better advocate for him.
I hired Amanda after talking with her on the phone about her son. Jennifer was a client of ours first and got bitten by the advocate bug while fighting for her two children. Sherri wanted to be an advocate so badly that she was relentless in pursuing me to train her to be an advocate. I think Ann, one of our receptionists, took every advocate class we ever offered because she wanted to be prepared to fight for her son. Christine, another receptionist, has a son with Asperger’s. Sarah, our all-around go to person for technical issues, has a son with a physical disability and a son with autism. The latest addition to our IEP Advocate family, Cheryl, has a daughter with learning disabilities.
Some of Us Worked In The School System
Ellen was a special education teacher and staffing specialist for about 30 years before she retired and became an advocate. Jeannette worked as a one-on-one assistant in classrooms for children with special needs before she decided to pursue advocacy. Terrie is a teacher who tutors children with reading disabilities but has always wanted to be an advocate.
Yep, I’m incredibly proud of our team. Whether it’s one of our meeting advocates, or one of the receptionists who answer the phone, each person genuinely cares about the family they’re helping and most of all, we understand what you’re going through. We’ve lived it ourselves.