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I have been an advocate for children with disabilities and their families since 1991. I have been with KPS4Parents since 2003 and currently serve as the agency's CEO/Exec Dir, lead advocate, and paralegal services coordinator. I write for professional publication, including KPS4Parents' blog "Making Special Education Actually Work" at http://www.kps4parents.org/blog. I also conduct research and prepare written correspondence, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, screencasts, legal documents, grant proposal narrative, web content, books, and organizational tools for education professionals and parents of children with disabilities.

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Special Education Advocacy Camarillo, CA
Paralegal - Special Education Law Camarillo, CA
Consultant/Speaker - Special Ed Policy & Practices Camarillo, CA
Professional Writer - Special Ed & Disabilities Camarillo, CA
Consultant/Speaker Camarillo, CA
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Special Education Advocacy

Category: Education
Description
I represent children with disabilities and their families in the special education processing, providing parent education along the way so that the parents are able to become empowered enough to advocate successfully for their children on their own. I also perform advocacy for children who are eligible for regional center services, generally concurrent with special education advocacy for these same children.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BA in Psychology, many years of hands-on experience
Years Experience: 17

Paralegal - Special Education Law

Category: Legal / Law
Description
I assist attorneys who represent children with disabilities and their families in litigation against publicly funded agencies (mostly school districts, county offices of education, county mental health agencies, and/or regional centers).
Relevant Education / Credentials
BA in Psychology Declaration per CA Bus & Prof Code Sec. 6450(c)(3) Continuing Ed Units as required by BPC Sec. 6450
Years Experience: 3

Consultant/Speaker - Special Ed Policy & Practices

Category: Education
Description
I work with public education agencies to identify more effective ways to address special education compliance concerns, with respect to both procedural and substantive concerns. This includes working with LEAs to build positive collaborations with parents; helping LEAs serve the needs of special education students with whose parents the LEAs have had a difficult time building working relationships; working with administrators to address teachers' refusals to comply with the IDEA and/or Section 504; and working with teachers to address administrators' refusals to comply with the IDEA and/or Section 504. This often very similar work to that which I do as a special education advocate. The difference is that my services have been retained by the public agency rather than by the parents.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BA in Psychology Special Education Advocacy experience
Years Experience: 17

Professional Writer - Special Ed & Disabilities

Category: Writing / Journalism
Description
As a writer, I have produced copy for books, web sites, blogs, articles, speaking engagements, presentations, reports, grant applications, business plans, and marketing materials.
Relevant Education / Credentials
ARTICLES: http://www.geocities.com/spedrights/ BOOKS: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=2632462 BLOG CONTENT: http://www.kps4parents.org/blog WEB SITE CONTENT: http://www.kps4parents.org http://www.slocoesdc.info
Years Experience: 15

Consultant/Speaker

Category: Business
Description
I consult with business and industry and speak to business groups to share the facts about the impact that special education public policy has on businesses and their owners. As a consultant, I assist employers with situations in which parents of children with special needs are suffering poor job performance as a direct result of problems they are having with their public schools and their children's special needs. Many parents are unaware of their rights and do not realize that they don't need to keep taking off time from work to go down to the school to deal with the same problems over and over. Many parents of special needs children have to quit their jobs (or get fired) due to the educational problems arising from their children's disabilities. This has a financial impact on their employers. As a speaker, I speak on these issues to employers. I also come in as the guest of the employer to provide parent training to employees, usually in a group setting, on basic special education rights and responsibilities.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Special education advocacy experience
Years Experience: 17