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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.- Helen Keller
Cris Brodeur is an Education Consultant at ACCESS! Education Consulting.
Cris' passionate determination to support every child’s success has been sustained by her extensive training in the special education regulations, the IEP process, child development, mediation, and living what she communicates to families and professionals.
It has been Cris' passion for the past twenty-two years to consulting along side families to facilitate better outcomes for children.
Cris has a Bachelors degree in rehabilitation psychology, certification as a mediator in RI and certification as a highly qualified Parent as Teachers educator. She is also certified as a facilitator in the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards Family Fun Activities by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Her participation on numerous committees at both the state and community level has given her additional insight on how to work efficiently with all team members to ensure that the unmet needs of children with additional educational and/or health care concerns are addressed.
Never allow a person to tell you 'no' who doesn't have the power to say 'yes'.- Eleanor Roosevelt
Cris likes to think of herself as a parent first. She is the mother of five from a blended family. Her children all have wonderful talents and unique needs. Two have IEP's, and one has a 504 plan, two seem to be successful with out any additional assistance. Cris truly believes that parenthood has been the most rigorous training and has allowed her to become the educated person and professional that she is today.
Cris’ passionate determination to support every child’s success has been sustained by her extensive training in the special education regulations, The IEP process, child development, mediation, and living what she communicates to families and professionals.
The belief that parents should instinctively know how to Consultant for their children is just not true according to Cris. "Even the most educated and articulate parent often needs the support of an educational Consultant. When the communication between the family and the school team breaks down a neutral third party is often helpful in bridging the gap and assisting in re-opening the discussion."
Cris is grateful to have met a few remarkable people along her journey who inspired her to strive to learn more and to share that knowledge.
Collaboration with diverse people and years of navigating the many complex systems advocating for her own children as well as others has led to her expertise in this field.