Educational Advocacy Services

Empowering parents to build bridges with their school districts instead of walls.

Families are often overwhelmed by the complexity of special education laws that entitle a child with disabilities to a free and appropriate education (F.A.P.E.) in the least restrictive environment (L.R.E.). Northeast Arc Educational Advocacy Services helps families navigate the special education process, which enables parents to become more proactive members of their child’s educational team. Our advocates work cooperatively with families and schools to develop an appropriate individualized education program (IEP) that meets the individual needs of the student, and keep up to date on federal and state laws that entitle children with special needs to appropriate programs and services.

Educational advocates also provide families with referrals to various resources both within and outside their school systems, and confer with medical professionals, counselors and educational consultants in an effort to develop a full understanding of the child’s needs.

Northeast Arc’s Educational Advocacy Services are a “fee for” service with competitive rates that includes:
• 1:1 consultations and record review
• Representation at team meetings and mediations
• Overview of state and federal special education laws
• Developing an appropriate IEP
• Other educational needs: social/emotional, vocational, assistive technology, communication, behavior, travel training and extracurricular activities
• MCAS: accommodations, appeals process and student success plan
• Summer programming: recreational, academic and therapeutic
• Resolving IEP disputes through due process
• Transitioning from Early Intervention
• Transitioning from Adult Services (chapter 688)
• And more!

We also provide trainings to parents, Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (SEPACs), Early Intervention programs and school district staff. Topics vary and range from Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education, Basic Rights, The Autism Act (ARICA), Turning 18 and more. 

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact the Advocacy Intake Coordinator at 978-762-8352.

OFFICE LOCATION: 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA 01923

Discounted rates for Educational Advocacy services are available for families who maintain a membership with Northeast Arc.