Ocean Education Advocacy provides an array
of services to help parents an families receive the services
to which their child and/or family member is entitled.
Below is a list of just a few of these services. If
you have a need which is not listed, please contact us.
Chances are we will be able to help you, or we will lead you
to the person/organization who will be able to meet your
Consultation (by phone or in person)
Call us today for your free 1 hour consultation!
During this consultation we will discuss your
child's or family member's case to determine whether
you need an advocate or an attorney. It is our
recommendation that ALL special education families
hire a professional to assist them during meetings
with the school district. However, you will
need to determine whether your case is better
handled by an attorney. We can only make that
determination after doing a quick review of the case
and/or your input during this consultation.
Is your child getting the
services that he/she is entitled to through the
IEP/504 Plan process? Let us review your
child's case file. After obtaining your
child's records (IEP's, evaluations, medical
evaluations and any other pertinent information), we
will write a summary for you on what we find.
Because our advocates are so knowledgeable regarding
the law and programs available, we can recommend
services and/or accommodations/modifications that
your child may be entitled to. Call us today
for your consultation!
Consultation and Support
Are your child's goals and objectives specific and
measurable? Does the thought of going to your
child's next meeting intimidate you and make you
nervous? Have one of our advocates attend your
next meeting with you. We will review your
child's case file, including past IEP's, evaluations
and medical reports to prepare us. Then one of
our advocates will attend your meeting with you to
help decipher the proposed IEP and suggest
accommodations and/or modifications that will help
ensure your child's educational success. We
will also help write goals and objectives that are
When you look at IDEA
2004 does it even remotely make sense? We work
with our families to help explain both Federal and
State law and regulations. This way our
families feel more confident and empowered when
dealing with their Child Study Team members.
We offer classes, seminar and webinars on topics
from Advocacy 101 to Writing Measurable Goals and
Objectives. As the saying goes..."If you give
a man a fish, he will eat for a day. If you
teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime."
Our goal is to teach our clients to advocate for
themselves so you will be able to fight for the
services and accommodations/modifications that your
child or family member deserve.
Unfortunately, there are times when our clients and
their school districts do not come to an agreement.
It's then that we have to file for Due Process
and/or Mediation. We work with our clients to
prepare their case to be heard by either the
mediator or an Administrative Law Judge. As we
are not attorneys, we cannot represent our clients
in court, we can only help them to prepare. If
the time comes, we will also recommend that our
clients hire an attorney as the case may have gone
past the point of an advocate. Our advocates
know when that time has come and helps to make a
smooth transition to our clients attorney.
However, if an attorney is not an option, we will be
by our clients side to help them prepare their case.
Adult Transition to
At the time of graduation
from high school, or at the age of 21, our clients
age out of the school district. We help our
clients and their families prepare for this
transition. Whether our clients go on to
college, trade school or another setting, we will
stay by their side and make sure that they have all
of the accommodations/modifications they require.
This helps the family members feel more confident in
their child's or family member's transition to
independent living. There are a multitude of
both State and Federal programs, organizations and
resources available to our clients and we will help
with registration, transition and/or whatever else
is needed to help ease the transition.