Advocates for Angels
provides experienced advocates/consultants to work with families to ensure their child receives an appropriate education to meet their unique needs in the least restrictive environment. Valerie Aprahamian and associates attend IEP, 504 and SST meetings, conflict resolution and mediation, participate in team meetings and case conferences, conduct classroom and DIS observations, and work with families navigating compliance procedures. Advocates for Angels focuses on ensuring that children with IEP’s receive an inclusive education with emphasis on a transition plan that will prepare them for an independent future.
The Rights of Children with Special Needs
In 1975, Congress enacted legislation to protect the educational rights of children who are disabled. These laws were created to ensure that children with special educational needs are identified as early as possible and receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
The greatest challenge to parents and educators can be properly identifying special needs children. The behavior exhibited by special needs children can be misinterpreted and considered as defiance, lack of motivation and/or laziness. That misidentification can lead to punishment, instead of an appropriate education.
Valerie Aprahamian has been helping parents for 15 years to obtain the services and programs their child is legally entitled to receive. We have extensive experience advocating special needs programs and teaching parents how to navigate the IEP process. Valerie Aprahamian is a mother of 2 special needs children, both have received Special Education and Regional Center Services. This gives Valerie Aprahamian and Advocates for Angels a unique understanding of the issues and challenges parents may be facing in meeting the needs of their special needs child.
Whether your child is experiencing learning difficulties, lack of attention, developmental disabilities such as autism, speech and language issues, depression, anxiety, bulling or struggling at school, contact Advocates for Angels so we can discuss your circumstances, explain your rights and set you and your family in the right direction.
The advocates at Advocates for Angels are committed to providing meaningful advocacy advice to our clients and consider every child’s case to be unique. Special education law is complex; you may have many more questions that have not been addressed here. Please contact Advocates for Angels to discuss your child’s specific case. We are devoted to helping parents and guardians with the legal issues surrounding their special needs child.
The services offered for Special Education by Advocates for Angels are:
- Individual Education Program Development
- Continuum of Placement Options in Least Restrictive Environment
- Designated Instructional Services/Related Services
- Assessments and Independent Educational Evaluations
- Behavior Intervention
- Expulsion and Suspension
- Manifestation Determination
- Signing the IEP
- Dispute Resolution
- Compliance Complaints
- Legal Overview Consultation
- Special Education Law Parent Training
Children with an IEP are members of the general school population and it is their civil right to be educated alongside their typical developing peers. These children deserve an appropriate education based on their individual strengths and areas of need. Parents and school districts must work together as equal members of the IEP team to provide what the child needs, and what State and Federal regulations require. To provide anything less would be an injustice.
- To promote that all children can learn together.
- To promote the acceptance of diversity and community awareness.
- To promote parent training of their rights and options in the development of an Individualized Educational Program for their child.
- To promote children on IEP’s being taught in the Least Restrictive Environment.
- To promote district collaboration with parents and independent service providers
- To educate all students together to reach their individual potential.