We thoroughly research your child's disability and will make recommendations, mediate and negotiate on their behalf based on information ascertained from a wide range of experts that we partner with depending on the specific learning, cognitive deficit, health or mental health disability or disciplinary issue. We will fight for your child's special educational rights using Massachusetts and Federal Laws as guidelines.
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As your special educational advocate we will champion 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 mediating 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 PROVIDED FOR THE PARENT:
FOR THE STUDENT:
Joann has over twenty years of experience implementing IEP's and 504 Plans. She has three children that were on IEP's and 504 Plans. Joann can 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. Joann has a strong referral network of specialists, i.e.: Neuropsychologists, ABA Services, Mental Health therapists, pediatricians, CBT , DBT and other rehabilitation organizations. Joann partners with Mass. General Hospital Partners Healthcare, Childrens Hospital, Therapists, Social Workers, ARC's, Community Mental Health Centers, JRI.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Joann is a trained Parent Consultant certified by The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) in Boston and is currently one of their workshop trainers. She is also Wright's Law trained. She attends special education training sessions at FCSN, NESCA, DDS, Complex Trauma Workshops, and Department of Children and Family Workshops to stay up to date on changing Special Education Laws and new pediatric research.
She holds a BA in Organizational Development in Education from Temple University . Concentration in educational advocacy/mediation, training, juvenile justice, special education and teaching. Currently in the Masters Program at SNHU in Special Education.
Knowledge is key for parents in learning about special education laws and procedures. We provide new clients an information package on Basic Rights in Special Education and Important Resources for their child, based upon disability.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW!
THERE ARE FOURTEEN DISABILITIES UNDER IDEA
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Please be advised we are not attorneys and cannot represent you in court. If you feel that the District has violated an educational law we will refer you to a Special Education Attorney that can advise you.
PO Box 984, EAST SANDWICH, MA 02537
Monday - Friday 8am - 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed