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Hey there! I can help you MASTER the IEP PROCESS. I've been an advocate for over a decade and now I'm sharing my Special Education Advocacy skills & secrets.

I want to learn IEP Advocacy Skills.


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Changing the System, One Child at a Time.

I'll share the skills, strategies and support to be a working Professional IEP Advocate. (and Lobbying Skills too!)

"...Your site is the best resource for IEP information!  I direct other parents there and share information often.  You are always accurate with the most current legal info, but I also appreciate your promotion of person-centered and empowered thinking."

 –Michele W, Executive Director of Expect ExtraOrdinary

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

You've been doing this whole IEP Thing for a while, now you're ready to help others.

Let's face it--there's nothing more frustrating than the IEP process. Even more so if you have to go through it alone. You've been there--late nights reading websites, attending webinars, trying to gain all the IEP knowledge you can.

And yet, there's one piece of the puzzle keeping you from becoming an Advocate.

Your heart is where it needs to be. You know a lot about IEPs, and where to find information that you don't know. You have a decent network of supporters built up.

You know what you're missing? A STRATEGY. Being a skilled advocate is all about strategy. And I'm going to share my processes and my strategy with you.

The problem? Most training that is available to parents is either a) developed by academics who are out of touch with the realities of IEPs, or b) only focus on having you learn minute details of IDEA, often make achieving learning the IEP process more trouble than it's worth.

But what if there was a way to make sure you got it right?

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Hey There, I'm Lisa!

And I'm on a Mission to Create More Advocates for Our Kids.

When I took my first advocacy training in 2010, my only plans were to understand the process to help my son.

As I learned more, I saw all the injustices and unfair treatment, and I wanted to help others.

Then I realized, I can't do this alone. The volume of need is overwhelming at times.

The world needs more Advocates.

Over the past 12 years, I have attended hundreds of IEP meetings and helped hundreds of families be heard. I can troubleshoot IEPs in my sleep! (and sometimes I do)

Once I figured it out a system that could be repeated for any IEP concern, I told myself I wasn't going to stop until I could teach as many people as I could.

So that's what I do. I've developed a 4-Step Process for IEPs™ that applies to any IEP situation.

Evaluations, changes to the IEP, even your annual IEP meeting--you can run your situation through the 4 steps and have an action plan to address your concerns.

CONSIDER WHAT'S POSSIBLE...

Imagine having an Action Plan that works for every IEP Concern that comes up.

Here's what that can look like in just a few weeks.

  • An Action Plan to use for every IEP concern that comes up.
  • A Lifetime of Advocacy Skills and Support Network.
  • Private training and networking sessions just for working advocates.
  • Clear understanding of the IEP process and your (parent/advocate) role and power in that decision-making process.
  • How to help clients with consistent, effective communication with your IEP team.
  • You'd know how to determine what a child needs, if you have the data to support it, and how to confidently ask for it.
  • Develop better IEP habits and systems using a proven technique and system.
  • Share your knowledge, passion and skills with others.

No, I don't have a magic wand to fix all our IEP issues. But I do have the roadmap for a manageable IEP process that you've been waiting for, and a system to replicate it.

"Don't IEP Alone Academy is the best course I have ever taken."

 –Lynn

Scheduling Options to Match your Busy Life

Live Sessions are Held on Thursdays.

If you cannot attend the live session, you can watch the recordings at your convenience.

Once you register for Don't IEP Alone Academy, you have lifetime access to all future live and recorded sessions, as well as the Live Q&A sessions.

Coming FALL 2021: Political Lobbying for Parents, Building your own IEP Advocacy Business, Behavior and Discipline Deep Dive. (included with your Lifetime Access)

INTRODUCING DON'T IEP ALONE ACADEMY

Master the IEP Process and Go From Chaos to Calm.

Don't IEP Alone Academy is a revolutionary way of approaching the IEP system, designed to help you better understand and utilize your role as a parent/advocate so that you have an improved chance of moving your IEP team to "Yes!"

This Online IEP Coaching Academy was created to help parents be better, more effective IEP advocates for their kids and because not every parent has access to an advocate. So far, I have helped hundreds of families.

We all have piles of IEP papers all over our homes, right? How do you know what to keep, what to discard, what matters, and what data you need more of? How do you get an IEP Team to not just hear your concerns, but actually listen to them?

If you are interested in Leveling Up your IEP Advocacy Skills, this is for you.

" The biggest role it played in me helping my son was that I didn’t know ANYTHING about IEPs at the time. Therefore, I didn’t know anything was required, that I had rights, and that I played a key role in the process. Because of the organizer (and the questions it helped me generate), I went from being a mom whose son never even had an IEP to a mom whose son was approved for a non-public school that can meet his needs. I went from being a total IEP rookie to an IEP all-star ."

 –Berlyn M, parent and teacher

EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN IEP COACH

Before you Purchase Don't IEP Alone:

I UNDERSTAND that my RISK-FREE Don't IEP Alone Academy Purchase Includes:

  • Yes! I understand that I will have UNLIMITED LIFETIME ACCESS to Don't IEP Alone Academy for one price.
  • Yes! I understand that I have until the start of Lesson 3 to request a FULL 100% REFUND.
  • I understand that I will have full access to the Don't IEP Alone Academy comprehensive library of printable worksheets, documents, planners, and other IEP tools.
  • I will be eligible for all future webinars, live or recorded.
  • If I put the time and effort into this training, I will become a better IEP advocate.
  • I will learn how to develop an IEP strategy, learn what to ask for and how to ask for it, and increase my chances of moving an IEP team to YES!
Yes to all of this!

- STEP 1 -

Beginning

The cornerstone of effective IEP advocacy is data and organization. You'll learn what to keep, how to keep it, and for how long. You'll also learn how to do an effective Records Review. Plus how to easily keep clients and their records organized for the future.

- STEP 2 -

Middle

Next, once you learn what you can support with data, we'll learn what you're entitled to and what is appropriate to ask for. No more "What should I ask for?" or "Can I ask for this?" You'll know before you make your ask. Advocacy doesn't have to be as time consuming as it is, with my process.

- STEP 3-

More

Then, together we'll develop a communication and follow-up strategy for you to use with your IEP team.

We'll review all the options and responses--because the IEP process never changes. Only the kids do.

"The IEP process is frightening and can make a person question their knowledge, ability, and confidence.  Every time I walk into an IEP meeting with these materials in my hands, my confidence is restored because I go into the meeting organized, structured, and ready to take on what is often very scary.  The practical tips help me feel empowered because I know I can refer to them — quickly — when I start to lose my focus or when doubt in my ability to advocate creeps in.  Overall, having this instills confidence for me because I know I am prepared and ready… and this helps me stay calm and allows me to do what I need to for my child."

 –Nicki, Attorney

REAL RESULTS THAT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

What makes Don't IEP Alone Academy special is that I am both a parent and an experienced, award-winning advocate. But, I've never forgotten what it's like to be a confused, frustrated IEP parent. I explain this in ways that you'll "get it." LIFETIME ACCESS means any time you have a question, you come back and ask.

Patricia S says:

"Thank you. Your information has been very helpful while I’m trying to navigate this world. Thank you for helping me learn how to advocate."

Beth W says:

"I just want to thank you for all that you do. You help so many kids by helping us.... THANK YOU LISA!!!💕💕"

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"It helped me to be on even footing with the IEP teams for both of my sons. It didn't just help me stay organized. I was able to review what was working and what wasn't, and it also lets me plan for the future. An added bonus was that I looked professional at IEP meetings, so my concerns were taken seriously."

 –Mayra Z

HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED...

Online IEP Coaching Academy materials

Get What You Need to CRUSH IT in IEP Meetings.

Again and Again.

When you purchase Don't IEP Alone Academy, you will have access to all the tools you need to understand and meaningfully participate in the IEP process with clients.

LIVE TRAINING

I'm going to take you through my exclusive 4-step process to tackling IEPs and will do that with 7 LIVE webinars. Each webinar will be 30-60 minutes, followed by a live Q&A. Once you've gone through the training, you can return for future (live) sessions or watch replays as often as you want.


LIFETIME ACCESS TO FIT YOUR SCHEDULE

If you can't make a session, watch the replay. You receive LIFETIME ACCESS, so if something comes up, you can complete the course when you have time. If you have IEP concerns in the future, you're welcome to rejoin some or all of future live training sessions.


TOOLS FOR YOUR IEP TOOLKIT

I want to make sure that our Don't IEP Alone Academy members have everything you need to make you a better IEP advocate. Which is why, in addition to all of the LIVE and recorded webinars, ACTIVATE members will also get access to our full library of bonus programs and resources, including the IEP Toolkit.


ONGOING PRIVATE SUPPORT FORUMS

Don't IEP Alone Academy will include a lifetime membership to private, online support forums only for Academy participants. Coming Fall 2021: Private Chat Forum just for Advocates, including Monthly Zoom Workshops.


BONUS MATERIAL ADDED OFTEN

Want to do a deep dive on a topic like Assistive Technology, FBAs, or Discipline? In addition to the series of 7 webinars, bonus deep-dive content on specific areas will be added often. The IEP Toolkit is updated about every 18 months. And again, you'll have access to it for a lifetime!


NO RISK

Academy Participants have up 48 hours to request a refund. Just email us before then.

"Lisa, I could not limit how much I love this to a sentence or two: Your IEP organizer, your information...it all makes sense out of nonsense.  You remind.... to stay focused and get the job done. I admire you (and perhaps even envy) your steadfastness and determination.  Take care!"

 –Mary M, Mom to 2 kids with Autism, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities

Convenient Scheduling Options

Core Advocacy Content

Pre-Recorded

  • Intro and Recap of the Previous Lesson
  • 30-60 minutes of new material
  • Live Q&A each week during school year (minus holiday weeks)
  • Hands-on learning activity using your child's files, such as how to do a record review.
  • How do I interpret a child's evaluations?
  • What is FAPE? What can I ask for on an IEP?
  • How to communicate effectively with an IEP team.

$297

Deep Dives

Pre-Recorded Sessions include:

  • Homework and Special Considerations and Issues when you have an IEP; how to add homework to your data collection process
  • The IEP Placement Decision Making Process, explained.
  • How to Write an IEP Goal
  • IEP Eligibility Categories and Special Factors: What are they and do they matter?
  • An in-depth look at your Parental Rights/Procedural Safeguards
  • An in-depth look at IEP Evaluations and understanding the results
  • IEP Transition

$297 Included!

Deep Dives

Live Sessions Fall 2021

  • September 16-Assistive Technology
  • September 23-Behaviors, FBA, BIP
  • September 30-Suspensions, Discipline, Manifestation Hearing
  • October 7-Dear Colleague Letters (what they are, what you can do)
  • October 14- 1:1 Aides and Paras
  • October 21- Understanding LRE Continuum
  • October 28- IEP Process and the Forms you sign, understanding the significance of each one
  • November 4- The Holidays are Coming--Data Collection at Home
  • November 11- IDEA Educational Surrogacy

$297 Included!

"....has helped in more ways than I can tell you. I have custody of 2 grandsons with autism and this was new unchartered territory for me. You have shown me what questions that I need to ask and have saved me precious time in placing all of my documents in order so that I can turn to them as needed without having to hunt for them. Again, thank you so much."

 –Lori H, IEP Grandparent

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS....

Is Don't IEP Alone Right For Me?

WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH DON'T IEP ALONE ACADEMY?

To start, you get 7 Webinars taking you through the 4 step process to being a better IEP advocate.

You have access to these pieces of training, live or recorded, for a lifetime. Including all the printable materials. After the 7 Initial Sessions, you can return to all or part of the live or recorded sessions as often as you wish. Plus, Deep Dives on specific topics will be added regularly.


WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In Don't IEP Alone Academy, you'll learn:

  • How to do an IEP Records Review
  • How to develop an action plan for an Annual IEP Meeting.
  • How to be prepared with data for your asks.
  • How to Effectively Use Procedural Safeguards
  • Have a 4-step formula for every IEP issue or concern.
  • How to Be a Better Advocate for your child or others.
  • Too much to list on one page!

IS THIS A REAL BOOK?

This is not a book, it is a comprehensive learning and support system for IEP Parents.

Please keep in mind that all materials are delivered digitally in PDF format or video. You need internet access to participate.


CAN I GET A PHYSICAL COPY?

At this time our accompanying products are only available in digital PDF format. Many Parents use a service like Staples, Kinkos or BestValueCopy and get it printed and shipped to their home. Note: Much of the printed/printable material is worksheets, not a book that you'll read cover to cover.


HOW SOON AFTER PURCHASING WILL I RECEIVE MY PRODUCT?

You can access the pre-recorded content within minutes of signing up. All you have to do is commit to being a better advocate.

Replays will be available within a few hours of the live webinar. Once a live webinar is uploaded for viewing, you can watch it as many times as you wish. Or, join future live sessions.


WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?

Participants can receive a refund as long as it is requested within 48 hours.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER DON'T IEP ALONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

If you parent a child with an IEP, then this is for you.

Friends, Caregivers, Aunties, Foster Parents, Educational Surrogates, Grandparents, Godparents...you're all encouraged to take the course so you can be a support person for the one(s) you love.

If you have an attorney or currently in the stages of Due Process, please wait until you have completed that before enrolling.

CAN I BECOME A WORKING ADVOCATE WITH THIS TRAINING?

Yes, but know that there is no licensure or certification with this program. However, this is the exact process I use with my clients, so there's no reason why other advocates could not use it as well.

There is no single nationally required license or certification to become an Advocate. I'm one of the Top Special Education Advocates in the country, and I'm on a mission to share my knowledge with as many people as possible.


WHAT IF THE IEP TEAM STILL SAYS NO ?

One of the unfortunate things about IEPs is that the system is not fair. It is stacked against parents. Some schools will say no until a parent either hire an attorney or stop asking. I cannot guarantee how any School Staff will respond.

But what I can tell you is this--With the Academy, you will know what you have data to support, and what you don't. And you will efficiently, effectively, and meticulously be following the IEP Process outlined by IDEA.

I don't get satisfaction for my families just because I'm an advocate--it's because I know what I can support asking for on paper and what I cannot. And I know how to work toward getting data if we don't have it.


HOW DOES THIS WORK WITH THE LAWS?

Many training agencies just take you through IDEA and other laws, pointing out a few things here and there. I'm turning the advocacy process upside-down--we're taking an advocate's approach and working within the framework of IDEA. Memorizing the laws isn't helpful. Having an action plan to implement, that follows the laws--that's helpful.


WHAT'S THE INVESTMENT?

Hiring an advocate is expensive. Many charge $50-$200 per hour and more. For the same price as what you would pay an Advocate for just a few hours, you will have a lifetime of advocacy skills. Don't IEP Alone Academy is $297 for lifetime access.

"Thanks for everything you do. Your knowledge is a gold mine!"

 –Karen F, IEP Parent

100% Money-Back Guarantee

Not happy with the Academy? Just email us know within 48 hours and tell us why. No, this is not a "No Questions Asked!" refund policy. If you're not happy, we have questions so we can improve it for future participants. IEP @ ADayInOurShoes.com.