Are you confused and overwhelmed at school meetings? Are your emotions interfering with your ability to advocate on behalf of your child? Do you need help muddling through the jargon that comes with being a special needs parent? If so, you've come to the right place!
Hope Helps Board Members are trained in Special Education law and IEP Advocacy through Wrightslaw.  If you need help understanding your childs IEP, getting services within the school or simply another set of eyes and ears for your child, Hope Helps Board Members can help!
For a $100.00 flat donation per case, a designated Hope Helps representative will guide you through all things IEP for the entire school year. This means, we will help you with writing letters, organizing your files, and sitting in on those all important meetings to guide you through your rights and the laws that protect you and your child.
We will help you devise a master plan for your childs special education needs teaching you tools and strategies along the way to monitor your childs progress and improve meeting outcomes.  We also have a strong support system in place to continue your journey as a parent of a special needs child.
Call us to schedule an appointment!!!

Please come prepared for initial meeting with:

  • any paper trail with school including previous IEP drafts, test scores or letters from staff
  • private evaluations or reports from medical professionals
  • diagnostic paperwork
  • school and personal schedule

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Below is an overview of the training our officers have completed:

Special Education Law, Part 1

  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004
  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401: Definitions
  • Section 1412: “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10 day notice re: private placements, Assessments, ESY
Section 1414(a)(b)(c): Evaluations, Reevaluations, Response to Intervention

 

Special Education Law, Part 2

  • Section 1414(d): Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), IEP Teams, Parental Participation, Placement
  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals, Attorneys Fees, Placement in Alternative Educational Settings
  • Recent Decisions by U. S. Supreme Court
  • Section 504 v. IDEA
  • No Child Left Behind Act: Purposes, New Legal Definitions (reading, essential components of a reading program, diagnostic reading assessments, scientifically based reading research)
  • Minimum Standards for Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals
How to Use IDEA and NCLB to Advocate for a Child

 

Special Education Advocacy, Part 1

  • Creating Your Master Plan, Understanding the Parental Role
  • Rules of the Game: School Rules, Gatekeepers
  • Obstacles to Success: School Culture, Low Expectations, Isolation, Lack of Information, Emotions
  • Parent-School Conflict: 6 Reasons for Conflict; Dealing with Difficult People
  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!
  • Evaluations & Your Child's Disability: Using the Evaluation as a Roadmap; Selecting an Evaluator
  • Organizing Your Child's File
  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve: Standard scores, Percentile ranks, Subtest scores
Demo: How to create graphs of progress or regression

 

Special Education Advocacy, Part 2

  • SMART IEPs
  • Rules of Adverse Assumptions; Outcome Prediction in Litigation
  • Creating Paper Trails; Writing Good Letters; Letter Writing Tips; Writing the "Letter to the Stranger"
  • Preparing for School Meetings: Pre-meeting worksheets, Agendas, Handouts, Charts
  • Negotiation Skills: 4 questions; 5 rules for effective negotiating
  • Meeting Survival Strategies: IEP Meeting Worksheets; 4 Rules of Conduct
  • Advocacy Strategies: What Can One Person Do?
Educational Advocacy Groups