I came to this work of protecting students with disabilities after having raised a son with autism. Quinn is 20 years old as I write this. Diagnosed before the age of 2, my son moved from one end of the autism spectrum to the other.
Raising Quinn has been the most profound experience of my life. The struggle, which continues today, has defined me as a person. I feel my son has taught me more than I have taught him, humility being at the top of the list. Through humility, I developed strength and self-confidence. But most importantly, I found my voice.
It has been a privilege to use that voice to protect the legal and civil rights of other students with disabilities, and their families. I am here to empower parents who struggle to understand their child’s disability and to help them advocate for the educational resources their child is entitled to under the law.
I have a determination when it comes to special education advocacy, in part, because it helps heal the wounds of my own journey. I belong to an Inner Circle of support that is available to you and your child.
Inner Circle Advocacy for Children – Protecting Students with Disabilities:
– Enjoys being with and supporting families
– Respects and embraces diversity
– Behaves professionally
– Encourages parents to make choices and speak out
– Understands best practices change over time
– Consults specialists in the field when needed
– Understands how to use community resources
– Works to ensure the lives of children with disabilities continues to improve