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What is a Special Education Advocate?

January 25, 2014 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Special Education Advocates or IEP Advocates help parents write appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and attain special education services for their child with a disability from their public school system.  They do so by familiarizing themselves with the special education process.  Please be aware, advocates are not attorneys.  However, advocates are extremely helpful in IEP meetings to assist in the negotiation process between parents and their school.  The Advocate can provide information about special education options and requirements and can help seek specific services or programs.  The advocate knows local schools resources and can see solutions others might not.  A Special Education Advocate is: Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Advisor Blogs for 2011

December 18, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The following is a list of the most viewed special education advisor blogs from 2011. This doesn't include any of our guest articles which will be published separately. 2011 was Special Education Advisor's first full year of operation and we have grown more quickly that we could ever imagine. We currently have over 21,000 visitors a month and over 50,000 page views per month. We continue to grow every month and it's all because of our members and visitors. Thank you for your continued support and without further adieu here is the list: Read the rest of this entry →

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The Purpose of an IEP

April 22, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

I was reading a few blogs about Individualized Education Programs (IEP) over the last month and a few of them have me concerned that as hard as we try to educate parents about IEP’s many still don’t understand their purpose.  Some of the misconceptions I have heard or read about lately include:

  • Children with IEP’s won’t get suspended for fighting when other children would;
  • Children with IEP’s get special provisions made for them that they will come to expect even after their school days are over; and
  • Children who grow up with IEP’s never learn responsibility because they are used to getting their way. Read the rest of this entry →
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