Helping Children go from Sad to Glad in School

Do You Need Help?

1. Does your child need help in school?
2. Is your child reading at grade level or is your child's behavior causing a disruption to him/herself and/or others in the classroom?
An ACE parent advocate will talk to you and can answer many questions about school procedures and the special education process. 
We assist parents in the process of helping their children succeed in school. We assist parents by helping them use available school system options that ensure procedural laws are followed in the treatment of children with learning and behavioral problems. We help all types of families and we assist in cases where children are not identified with a disability, as well as cases where children have disabling conditions such as:
  • learning disabilities 
  • developmental disabilities
  • physical disabilities 
  • psychological disabilities   

Why Our Work Is Critically Important! 

A Child’s Self Image 

We recognize that schooling affects a child's self-concept and who s/he will become as an adult individual. When children with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and undiagnosed emotional disorders do not get needed help in school, healthy maturation and learning is inhibited.

ACE is dedicated to helping parents of special needs children plan an appropriate public education designed to create healthy productive future citizens. We achieve our mission by providing parents of special needs children intensive case analysis and support utilizing available methods for ensuring lawful treatment and accurate intervention. 

Research shows that students who get their needs met in school while they are young are:
  • Less likely to drop out
  • More likely to go to college
  • More likely to find stable long term employment as adults

We achieve our mission by providing parents with:

  • ensuring the school evaluates a child for special education eligibility, when appropriate. 
  • Intensive case analysis using your child's cumulative school records, work samples, parent interviews combined with a high level of parent-advocate communication and educational and legal research.
  • Developing important issues to be addressed with the school district
  • Negotiation with school districts on behalf of children and parents
  • Explanations of special education rights, procedures, and responsibilities
  • Support for parents by attending 504 or IEP meetings with them
  • Recommendations and options for parents regarding educational needs, including testing, remediation, placement, and services
  • Assistance to become an active decision-maker in special education
  • Filing California state compliance complaints 
  • Facilitating the development of school district based parent-networks
  • Keeping parents informed about current political and legal changes 
  • Helping create change through grass-roots activism

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