"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
~ John Dewey
Consult: Sometimes parents just need some advice and guidance. School districts always have an attorney, even if he is not at the meeting. Parents consult an attorney to level the playing field.
Hire: Some parents are intimidated by CSE or Section 504 meetings, or they have a complex situation. These parents want an attorney to advocate and negotiate on their child’s behalf at the meeting. Having an attorney at the meeting makes it less emotional.
Hearings and appeals: Other parents have reached a point where the best option is an impartial hearing. They need an experienced special education attorney to carefully review the situation and make that determination.
If you are an experienced professional lay advocate who represents the educational rights of other people's children, you can now register for my two day intensive program "Representing Parents in Impartial Hearings" at the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Pre-Conference in New Orleans on March 7 and 8, 2019. This is a unique opportunity to learn new skills and practice them in a small supportive environment.
Go to the COPAA website to register. There are only a few spaces left.
See you there.