Educational Advocates provide consultative services to parents and guardians of children who require Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) or 504 Plans.
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
FAPE is an educational right of children with disabilities in the United States that is guaranteed by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Under Section 504, FAPE is defined as “the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet individual needs of handicapped persons as well as the needs of non-handicapped persons are met and based on adherence to procedural safeguards outlined in the law.”
Hiring an advocate is a very personal decision
Hiring an advocate is a decision that is as much about personal style as it is about the advocate's qualifications. It is important you find an advocate that matches your needs as a parent or caregiver.