Joann Lebherz
Special Educational Advocate

Parent Consultant for Families in Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol  and Dukes Counties from Boston to Cape Cod and the Islands.

Coastal Education Advocacy

We will advocate for your child to receive the services they deserve!

We thoroughly research your child's disability and will make recommendations based on information ascertained from a wide range of experts that we work closely with depending on the specific learning, health or mental health disability.

WHY USE AN EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE?

As your special educational consultant we will advocate for your child from pre-school to high school and transitioning to adulthood. We will thoroughly and carefully review all your child's educational and medical records, which may include Neuropsychological, School Evaluations, Medical Records, Progress Reports and Report Cards. Respecting your vision for your child and we will mediate with the school on your behalf based on your child's individual special needs.  Your child IS entitled to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.


SERVICES OFFERRED

FOR THE PARENT:

  • REVIEW and organize the student’s documents
  • EXPLAIN what the documents are 
  • ADVISE on the best communication style with school personnel
  • TRANSLATE Special Education terms 
  • EDUCATE on the Special Education process by state guidelines. 
  • ASSIST AND COMPLETE state forms relative to the child's disability. 

FOR THE PARENT  WITH THE SCHOOL

  • REFERENCE state and federal education laws and practices
  • INTERPRET educational and psychological testing
  • ATTEND Team meetings and advocate for Parent and Student Concerns
  • PROVIDE suggestions for resolving issues and concerns
  • OFFER input on IEP’s , 504’s, behavior and transition plans
  • NEGOTIATE for educational services, 
  • RESEARCH placements and funding

FOR THE STUDENT:

  • COLLABORATE with professionals such as doctors, psychologists, therapists, family service agencies     and lawyers involved with student’s needs
  • SUPPORT for disciplinary issues, meetings and hearings
  • RESEARCH and review proposed educational services and placements
  • MONITOR the implementation and effectiveness of the IEP
  • ATTEND formal mediations and hearings with BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL APPEALS
  • EDUCATE how to advocate on behalf of your child


ABOUT JOANN 


Joann has over twenty years of experience implementing IEP's and 504 Plans. She holds a Massachusetts Insurance License and with this expertise is able to assist client's with the laborious state forms that have to be completed. Such as Mass. Health, Developmental Disability Service forms (DDS) and SSI forms.  She has found this service to be very helpful for an overwhelmed parent with extensive forms that need to be completed. 



EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Joann is a trained Parent Consultant certified by The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) in Boston and is currently a trainer for them. She is also Wright's Law trained. She attends special education training sessions at FCSN, NESCA, DDS, Grandparents Bringing up Grandchildren Commission Complex Trauma Workshops, and Department of Children and Family Workshops to stay up to date on changing Special Education Laws and new Research. 


She holds a BA in Organizational Development in Education from Temple University . Concentration in educational advocacy/mediation, training, special education and teaching.  



PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS


  • Joann is a Special Education Surrogate Parent for an amazing child. 
  • She is a substitute teacher and tutor 
  • Member of COPAA, PALS and a NAMI Volunteer. 
  • Member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.
  • Mass. Insurance Agent in Health, Life and Accident


IS YOUR CHILD NOT MAKING EFFECTIVE PROGRESS IN SCHOOL?

Knowledge is key for parents in learning about special education laws and procedures. We provide clients' upon meeting them, a package with information on Basic Rights in Special Education and Resources for their child. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW!

  • The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services. 


  • A Section 504 Plan is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. 


  • We will advocate for your child so that they will receive the necessary supports needed to achieve their educational as well as social/emotional goals through the enforcement of an IEP or 504 Plan and supports deemed appropriate.  Using an Educational Child Advocate will ensure better communication with the school and give you peace of mind. 

Let an Advocate Guide You....

As a parent, grandparent/caregiver, do you require a Special Educational Advocate to assist in establishing your child's individual educational plan or need help amending the IEP or 504 Plan? I can help your child succeed! Please call or email, We are here to LISTEN, LEARN and EMPOWER......

We serve the South Shore (Plymouth and Bristol Counties), Cape Cod and the Islands, (Barnstable County).



Contact~~Joann Lebherz, Educational Advocate

774-205-4278 or ceajoann@gmail.com

Please contact us for a free initial private consultation.

Coastal Education Advocacy

64 BEACHWAY ROAD EAST SANDWICH, MA 02537

(774)205-4278~~ceajoann@gmail.com

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed