Special Education Advocacy in Rhode Island
We are here to provide families like yours with information, individual support, and professional educational advocacy support when communicating concerns to your child's teachers and school administration. Families need to clearly and effectively present their concerns to the educational team in order to receive the supports and services that their child is entitled to through federal law and state regulations. This can be extremely stressful and difficult for parents, no matter what your background or education.
Our client families have ranged from parents who, in their own professions, are scientists, architects, technology gurus, bankers, regular and special education teachers -- even a Director of School! In other words, even if you know the Rhode Island education landscape in and out, advocating for your child is the most difficult thing a parent can do. This is your child. You know them best and you are their best advocate. Unfortunately, asking for and receiving supports and services in the confusing special education maze can be mind-boggling! Truthfully, most families have little or no knowledge of what to do if their child is experiencing difficulties, what the school is responsible to provide, or what the parents' rights are within the education system.
Alarming statistics show children with disabilities, racial/diverse cultures, and those who have low income have disparate outcomes in education. We work one-on-one with families to clarify the challenges and struggles their child may have in school. We resolve disagreements between parents and schools that often arise when requesting, reviewing, or updating a child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. We draw upon our network of professionals to provide the information they need in order to ensure their child is receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Rhode Island Advocacy for Children believes no parent should have to navigate the system alone. We dedicate ourselves to working with families who do not have the specialized knowledge, training, or resources required to effectively advocate for children experiencing difficulties at school.
If you need your concerns to be heard and appropriately acted upon, contact us today to let us know how we can assist your family!