Special Education Advocates or IEP Advocates help parents 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.
The advocates’ goal is:
To ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living 20 U.S.C. 1400 (d).
Some of Gold Standard Advocates Services include,
1. Consultation by phone or email regarding special education concerns;
2. Review all documents including IEPs, assessments, report cards, state testing and correspondence with the school;
3. Help prepare for IEP and 504 meetings;
4. Attend IEP and 504 meetings;
5. Educate parents and teach them self-advocacy skills;
6. Write letters to the School District or State Department of Education; and
7. Help prepare for Mediation or Due Process Hearing and referral to legal counsel to handle case.
Local Service Area:
1. All of Los Angeles County including the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.
2. All of Ventura County including Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.
Although our local service area for providing IEP Advocate services are in Los Angeles, we can help consult you from anywhere in the U.S.
What do we charge?
We charge $85 an hour including travel time. We would also require a retainer agreement to be signed and an intial $500 retainer upfront to be escrowed against future billings. A sample retainer agreement can be sent to you on request.
Alternatively, if you only want an IEP review and do not need someone to attend the IEP meeting with you we charge a $350 IEP review fee. IEP reviews typically take about three to four hours and will require that the parent provide us with all of the necessary documents that we request. The goal of the IEP review is to empower the parents to advocate for their child with the help and guidance needed to point them in the right direction.
The IEP Success Kit
For those parents who want to learn how to advocate for themselves we have created the IEP Success Kit to give you the tools we use every day to successfully advocate for our clients. We not only walk you through the process of how to successfully advocate for your child, but also get and keep you organized. To order the IEP Success Kit click here.
Special Education Advocacy Certificate
Our supervising advocate has successfully completed the University of San Diego's Special Education Advocacy Program. A copy of the Certificate is available upon request.
Special Education Social Community and Information Website
Come visit the newest addition to the Gold Standard Advocates family of special education services at www.SpecialEducationAdvisor.com which is a community of parents, educators, and special education service providers dedicated to helping families with special education needs children understand their special education rights and receive appropriate special education services.