MMD Advocate about Us

Date: 2007-09-01
Source: MMDAdvocate

So, what makes me the expert with advocacy you may ask?

First, I would never claim to be an expert. I have just learned by living this life day by day. I am the parent of 3 children, 2 of whom are special in their own right. I have an 11-year old daughter with autism and deafness and an 9-year old son with a speech and language delays and a hearing loss. My 8-year old daughter is neurotypical and keeps us just as much on our toes!

I have single-handedly successfully advocated for both our daughter and son for some 9+ years since diagnosis. Way back then, the reality that no one from the school district was going to come over our house and teach us what we needed to know hit me right between the eyes. From that moment forward, I started attending every conference, professional development session, workshop, class, you name it, I was there.

I was on the Internet every night into the wee hours, soaking up all the information I could on how to best advocate for my child.

At the same time, I always maintained an excellent relationship with my school district. No matter how emotionally hard what I was dealing with was for me, in ‘the room’ I put all those feeling aside and put on my ‘game face’ and got to work for my child. This was my most important job in life. And I did my job very well. I was able to secure an out-of-district placement for my daughter in preschool and have never looked back.

I bring this same passion to each case I take on. I got into this business for the children and for the families that need my knowledge. So many families do not know their rights, and thus do not access all that their child is entitled to simply because their district is not about to tell them what could be. I am here to help those families. I believe with all my heart that this is what I was meant to be doing with my life at just this moment in time. If I can help you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact me today.

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