Frequently asked questions
Do you only work in NJ as a Special Education Advocate?
Most of our services can be provided to families across the United States. Since IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is nation-wide legislation that ensures students with a disability are provided with a Free Appropriate Public Education that is tailored to their individual needs, the laws are applicable in every state. Each state does have the ability to also have their own laws (which many do) regarding students with disabilities.
Since our office is located in NJ, we have the most experience working with systems, services, and providers in our state. If you are looking for referrals, We will be most helpful if you live here. However, with our experience, we are able to collaborate and find resources anywhere a family may reside.
How do we communicate with you?
Because each child is different, each situation is handled slightly differently. Everything starts with a meeting to get to know eachother. Once that is set up, we establish a plan moving forward. I am available via phone, in person, facetime, email, etc.
We make sure that however you communicate best is made possible.
How much does an Advocate cost?
This is not a question that can be answered specifically. Our process is individual for each child. Here is what we can tell you.
Our office will call you for an initial call to gather important information at no charge. If we think we are the right first step, we will recommend a consultation appointment with an advocate. If we think there is someone else you should see first, we will send you there. The hourly rate for advocacy services is $125. A more detailed look at this is laid out in the
What qualifications/credentials does an Advocate need to have?
The short answer is, none. There is no required training or credentials for someone to call themselves a Special Education Advocate.
I have completed the WrightsLaw Special Education Advocacy Tactics & Strategies Training Course, SPAN Resource Parent Training, SPAN SEVA Training, and am continually attending conferences and applicable trainings. I also had the privilege to work with 15 clinicians on a daily basis for years- they include speech language pathologists, learning disability teacher consultants, psychologists, and teachers, who are specialists in learning disabilities and special needs.
All of this, combined with my experience as a parent of a "special", resume, and my education, has made me successful in my work as advocate.
What does your office look like?
We do have a conference room available when needed, but prefer to hang in our cozy space.