I am a Special Education Advocate. I work with parents in central Texas to ensure that children receive a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) as provided by both Federal and State law. I went through intensive training provided by the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and completed a final practicum under the supervision of an experienced Advocate. I currently am both affiliated with a law firm and freelance.
My background is in Higher Education and Disability Rights activism. I taught at a public university in Tennessee for 10 years before moving to Texas in 2014. Like many Special Education Advocates, I came to advocacy after trying–and often failing–to navigate the system on behalf of my child. No one gives you a manual when you first bring your child home just in case you need to know about Special Education. No one tells you what your rights are as a parents, or what rights your children have. Learning what to do to help your children takes time and depends on knowledgable mentoring. Knowledge truly is power when it comes to Special Education law!
For me, advocacy and activism go hand-in-hand. In 2015 I co-founded a parent consortium called TENT: Twice Exceptional Network of Texas. We started with 4 active members in Round Rock, Texas, and now have nearly 100 members across the state. I actively engage in community education projects and legislative advocacy. I blog about Special Education Advocacy and Neurodiversity at ThereOnceWasaBoy.wordpress.com.
I am not an attorney and cannot give legal advice, but I can empower you to make the best decisions possible for and with your children. I can help you navigate the complexities of Special Education law. I can help you secure both initial evaluations for an individualized education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan and any related services your child may need. I can help you interpret evaluations, endless acronyms, and placement options. Above all, my goal is to help ensure that your child receives a free and appropriate education.