Special education advocates are people with a true passion for the special needs population. This may be someone who has a child or other family member with special needs who was successful in advocating for appropriate services for the child, or it could be someone who has worked in a related field. Advocates provide support, direction, encouragement and comfort for families – they work together with you and the school district to secure an appropriate education for your child. Special education advocates stay informed about the most current state and federal legislation.
In most cases, special education advocates are NOT licensed practicing attorneys, but are frequently utilized before taking the more expensive legal route.