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ACCESS! Education Consulting proudly offers high-quality and reputable child-centered student advocacy services dedicated and committed to working together towards ensuring your child receives their appropriate educational program. Collectively gained from thousands of hours, spanning across three states (CT, RI and MA), spent at school-based team meetings, in-person observations, fostering community-based partnership relationships, and collaborating with hundreds of families, ACCESS! possesses the confidence to both meet and exceed your family's expectations while always skillfully mindful to foster and preserve open and effective communications between schools and families regardless of the extent of conflict.
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To get you started, ACCESS! has put together a collection of our most often requested currently used forms to give you a good start towards advocating on behalf of your child within the next 3-5 days!
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ACCESS! student advocacy services are individually constructed, but may typically include, although not necessarily limited to, depending on your level of readiness and need, the following:
IDEIA/504Plan ‘FAPE’ Advocacy:
ACCESS! IDEIA/504Plan advocacy typically consists of the preparation of a school-based team meeting agenda utilizing your Records Review report, attending a school-based team meeting in-person to assist you in advocating for your child and meaningfully expressing your inputs and concerns as well as any actions you are proposing to the team for consideration, and then drafting a written statement following up on the meeting to ensure your participation is accurately recorded in your child's educational records.
No Restraint/Seclusion Advocacy:
ACCESS! takes the position that restraint or seclusion should not be used as a behavioral intervention for any child under any circumstances, unless and until there is a demonstrative record of a school-based team’s adequate implementation, with fidelity, of research-based positive behavioral management systems (‘PBIS’) and their failure, and the use and consideration of an independently obtained assessment and behavioral plan design by an objective privately retained qualified and reputable behavioral expert experienced further in one or more predominately presenting medically diagnosed disabilities in the child.
Grade Advancement Advocacy:
ACCESS! agrees, except in some very limited exceptions, that any inability to make grade-level progress is the result of a school district’s failure to provide an appropriate educational program and not that your child is unable to learn. In moving forward, families need to be highly informed of several options for addressing both achievement gap closure, as well as any relative emotional and social concerns, including but not limited to general education initiatives and specialized instruction.
Bullying is not acceptable – whether being bullied or being accused of bullying, whether in fact or perceived. All reports of bullying should be comprehensively and objectively investigated and documented. All reasonable measures to ensure a ‘safe school climate’ should be considered and implemented, including but not limited to instituting and promoting active teacher supervisory practices and constructive administrator parent reporting models.
IDEIA Transition Planning Advocacy:
Considerable time, attention and planning needs to happen in order to adequately and sufficiently determine what your child’s specific needs may be in order to get them where they want to be and where they are deserving to go after graduation, including, but not limited to consideration of whether your child may need some thoughtful career inventorying, college campus touring, community employment engagements, commuter map tutoring, cost-of-living budgeting, AND what some concrete annual goals and objectives for each or a combination of post-secondary education planning, employment experience and independence with living generally, ought to look like.
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Suspension/Expulsion Options Advocacy:
Schools are institutions of education and higher learning, and should not therefore, unless warranted in the most serious of offenses, resort to merely exiling a child for conduct unbecoming, but rather instead seize the moment in order to teach better choice making by utilizing more productive researched-based and peer-reviewed positive based behavioral approaches designed for such corrective ‘teachable moments’, like simple rewards based systems, a concrete code of conduct, community service experiences, or researched-based positive behavioral intervention systems (‘PBIS’) in fact.
On-Going IEP/504Plan/GenEd Progress Monitoring:
As an on-going service, ACCESS! will work with you in continuing to collect, chart, and understand your child’s educational needs and progress relative to individual needs, reasonable expectations, and age and grade-level peers.
*Reduced rate 3 month, 6 month, 9 month comprehensive services contracts are available to ACCESS! clients.