Both advocates and education consultants guide parents though the process special education process. They are paid to come to TEAM meetings with you and advisor you on your child's situation. They have a variety of college degrees, background and experiences. Often the advocate or Educational consultant will consultant, or join forces with a SPED lawyer if the situation calls for it.
Advocates: are usually parents of special needs children. They have been trained by the Federation for Children or other SPED organizations in children rights.
Education Consultant: are usually education professionals. Have a degree in education. Some are parents of special needs children. Most are trained to do educational testing of your child and may also be trained by the Federation for Children or other SPED organizations in children rights.
SPecial Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN), an association of advocates and other special education professionals. That provide educational presentations, enhances the professional growth and development of its members and to act as a primary resource for advocates. On their website there is a list of advocates, parents can contact for assistance and are also welcome to attend their workshops on advocacy and topics in special education, check their Program Calendar .
P.O. Box 269
Natick, MA 01760
or visit there website:www.spanmass.org
You do not need to attend law school to become an advocate or education consultant. Some parents do the advocate training, just so they can be better advocate for their own child.
Two groups we know of who offer
The Federation charges (since 2006) $325 for parents, $425 for professionals there are 8 sessions . Limited scholarships are available for parents
Federation phone number: 617-236-7210 or
or visit their website: www.fcsn.org
Other organization and business (i.e. The Dept. of Mental Retardation,
Wrightslaw, etc.) offers Educational
Consultant Training at different rates.
An article from Wrightslaw on
advocating (Why advocate, types, what do advocates do, planning)
Advocating for Your Child - Getting Started
The following is a list of professionals who comes recommended by at least three SPED PAC members, we cannot in any way guarantee the result. It is important to check their references, review their credentials, and interview them to understand whether their skills and approach are a good fit.
These are advocates and education
consultants who work in the Concord area.
(Some advocates do not like to do work in the town they live in.)
Listed in order of town:
|Advocate's name, Business name, Title||Town||Telephone||Type of disability members have personal experience||What members see as their strength||Degree||Referred by|
LD's, NLD, Autism Spectrum, Aspergers, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Early Intervention (Turning 3).
Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) trained, knowledge of the law and evaluations. Can assist and advocate for all aspects of special education.
||JE, AC, TV, DH|
|Burlington, MA 01803||781-272-7747||MR, Autism, etc.||Is a Federation for
Children with Special Needs (FCSN) trainer, running
meetings, and special education law.
||-||KV, MO, LH
|Cambridge, MA 02138||617-491-4222||LD, ADHD||Her reports, and access to evaluators||SA, CC|
|Concord, MA 01742||978-371-2182||LD, ADHD, Dyslexia, SI, Aspergerís Syndrome||Federation Children with Special Needs (FCSN) trained, knowledge of the law, understanding of evaluations, reading issues, executive functioning and social issues.||BS||CC, SA,
|Arlington, MA 02474||339-368-0463||
MR, Autism, Aspergerís Syndrome, SI, medical issues
Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) trained. A member of Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN). Experienced with multiply disabled students and the use of Assistive technology (AT) Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
|BA||MO, SL, LH, DM|
|Acton, MA 01720||978-263-9725
||NVLD/NLD, ADHD, LD, Aspergers, Autism Spectrum||Federation for
Children with Special Needs (FCSN) trained. Can assist and
advocate for all aspects of special education.
MO, LH, TO, LW
|Very involved with SPED organizations and special education issues.||-||MO, SW,
|Newton Center, MA||781-861-6585||Autism, PDD, S&L||Will observe your child's program, researches your child's background, and interviews the parents and child. Advocates with the school system on present as well as future needs.||Ed.M.||JC, KB|