Special Education Advocacy
If you’re the parent of a child with a disability in a public school, you know that the process of determining appropriate services for your child can be confusing and difficult to navigate. You may have a disagreement, but feel intimidated in a setting that includes multiple education professionals, all “on the other side of the table.” You’ve been given or read your “due process rights” with many pages of fine print, but maybe you're still unsure of what to do, or how to proceed- especially if you have a disagreement.
The truth is, even though the process is supposed to be designed to value your input and create a collegial team dedicated to developing a plan of appropriate services for your child, disagreements can and do happen, and outside factors that aren’t supposed to play a role in determining appropriate services for your child often, in fact, do.
You’ve been told about formal complaints, resolution meetings, mediation and the like, but how do you do it, and which conflict resolution method is appropriate for your situation?
An Advocate on Your Side
Wouldn’t it be great to have a knowledgeable advocate on your side of the table? Dr. Bob Metty limits his practice to taxation and special education representation. He holds an Ed.D. in Special Population Services and graduated with honors from both the University of Alabama Farrah School of Law and the Concord Law School. More importantly, he’s sat at the IEP meeting table in the following capacities: general education teacher, special education teacher, guidance counselor, advocate, and, most importantly, as a parent of a child with autism. He’s authored special education regulations and district guidance publications and investigated formal complaints for the Florida Department of Education as a senior educational program director and he’s presented special education topics at local, state, national, and international conferences- and, as the author of What’s the Big IDEA, a guide to understanding special education, he literally “wrote the book” on special education.
If your having a problem with your child’s school and you don’t know where to turn, call us or drop us an email. An initial consultation is free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.