AZ Educational Advocate, LLC
Consultation, Collaboration, and Advocacy
The special education process can be overwhelming for even the most educated and involved parents. As your advocate, I am able to support and lead you through the entire process. We will prepare for meetings, attend together, and I will actively engage with the school staff through phone calls, emails and meetings to ensure that your child’s 504 Plan or IEP is appropriate, measurable and serving to
bring meaningful benefit to their educational experience. I will attend MET, FBA/BIP,504, IEP and transition meetings with you, as well as provide classroom behavioral observations when appropriate.
Laura Passmore, M.Ed. As a certified teacher, I have dedicated countless hours to building multi-modality lessons and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of each individual learner. I’ve developed hundreds of IEPs and led numerous meetings as a special education director. As an advocate, I stay current with state and federal legislation, as well as current curriculum and educational programming through 30 hours of annual conferences and training. I am an expert witness on educational legal cases.
Every child has a right to learn and to maximize their potential in the public/charter school setting. My job is to enact the process and to ensure implementation and compliance from school/district staff as they provide an appropriate education to each child, specifically addressing their unique strengths and needs.
It can be invaluable for parents to have a knowledgeable advocate from the education field by your side through what can be a frustrating and time consuming process of gaining support for your child. Meetings become more efficient and effective when an experienced education professional can help to lead the process, highlight rights and opportunities for support, increase school accountability and answer questions along the way.
Professional, reliable, advocate serving Arizona statewide.
We are committed to quality services leading to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) as defined in the federal and state laws. This affords meaningful benefit and progress in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for all students.
Step 1: Contact Laura @ 623-512-8514
Step 2: Consultation
This is an in person 2 hour meeting that includes file review, questions and summary of suggested supports. Release, contract signed. Fee due at time of service.
Step 3: Meetings, Communication & Support
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires schools to serve the educational needs of eligible students with disabilities.
● Schools must evaluate students suspected of having disabilities, including learning disabilities.
● Not every child with learning and attention issues qualifies for special education services under IDEA.
If you think your child needs special education services, you have to follow a legal process to make it happen. This process can be confusing. It can involve several laws. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the most important one to understand. As the nation’s special education law, IDEA provides rights and protections to children with disabilities and to their parents. Learning your rights under IDEA can make it easier for your child to get the help he needs (and is legally entitled to) at school.
If the school is not helping or responding when you tell them that you think your child needs extra help or is having learning struggles, here is what you can do:
Know your rights and timelines associated with requests for evaluation and the meeting process. Keep all documentation and emails regarding any requests previously made.
Is there anything that can be done when the school is not following my child’s IEP or 504 Plan? Yes. IEP compliance is taken very seriously by the Department of Education. 504 Plan compliance is taken very seriously by the Office of Civil Rights. I can support you in following the appropriate process to ensure compliance and that your child’s rights are respected and needs provided for, as afforded through IDEA or OCR.
Yes, I serve clients throughout the state of Arizona. Some travel fees may apply for distances greater than 35 miles. Our focus is on positive outcomes and proactive solutions for students, families and schools.