WE WORK TO RAISE AWARENESS IN ACADMEIC AND LEGISLATIVE CIRCLES AS WELL AS, TO HELP PEOPLE CAUGHT IN THE CYCLE OF MISUNDERSTANDING WITHIN THE WORLD OF EDUCATION AND SPECIAL SERVICES.
WHAT WE OFFER:
INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY SERVICES, TRAINING, WORKSHOPS, TUTORING, INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.
Rhode Island Advocacy for Children believes no parent should have to navigate the Special Education system by themselves. Especially, those families who do not have the financial resources to independently handle the costs of special education professionals and experts. Alarming statistics show children with disabilities, racial/diverse cultures and who are low income have disparate outcomes in education. We work with families to clarify the challenges they have within their child's Individualized Education Plan. We draw upon our network of professionals and collaborator to provide the information they need in order to ensure their child is receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). We provide these services at low-cost or no-cost, depending on families income. Call us today and let us know how we can help your family.
REVIEW AND CONSULTATION
Before IEP, 504, and evaluation meetings with the school are scheduled, we can work together to develop a strategic plan. Our consultation and review is designed to support you throughout the educational process. We provide the information and support needed to work directly with the school systems. Parents or caregivers can also chose to have us support them during these sometimes contentious and complex meetings. Through collaboration with other Rhode Island services and professionals and the knowledge of special education laws and regulations, our consultations allow you to focus on your child and his or her individual needs. Attempting to juggle a wide range of issues, challenges, personalities, and hidden agendas can be formidable indeed -- we are here to help!
PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION
Often times, the most daunting task is acquiring and organizing your child's school records. This is particularly important if you:
- Have not kept ALL of your child's grades, reports, team meeting notes, copies of IEPs, correspondence, and other documents over the years.
- Suspect that the school district may not have all the information that is needed in order to design a thorough and comprehensive educational program at school.
It is imperative that your records are complete and organized in the most efficient manner. This collection of records allows you, an advocate, a special education attorney or other professional access to all documents at the exact time they are needed. You are entitled to ALL of your child's records compiled throughout the years by the school(s). The right to review school records is guaranteed by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
ATTENDANCE AT IEP MEETINGS
Preparation is the key to ensuring your child receives the appropriate educational supports and evaluations.
- We meet with you personally to create goals, agendas, and action plans to develop winning strategies for your child's IEP Meeting.
- We attend IEP meetings with you to guide, advocate, and assist you in communicating your concerns.
- We plan and present thoughtful requests for services during the IEP meeting.
- We assist you with follow-up written documents to memorialize goals and the action items you discussed in the IEP Team Meeting.
Never go into an IEP meeting alone if; communication with the school has become increasingly difficult, you are uncomfortable, the terms and recommendations are not understandable or your requests for services are falling on deaf ears.
Our success is measured with the number of people we help, with the quality of our programs and with the services we provide. These programs are fueled by our dedicated staff, caring volunteers and generous donors like you.