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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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4 Courses for the Price of ONE

Changing the System, One Child at a Time.

It's the whole package--Training, Support Network, even Lobbying!

"...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 for more.

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.

You know what you're missing? A STRATEGY and ongoing SUPPORT.

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 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.
  • 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.

For Winter 2022: Political Lobbying for Parents and Advocates, 4-Session Transition Workshop (included with your Lifetime Access)

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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. Help your child, or help others--you have the option with this training.

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....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 CONTINOUS SUPPORT

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 48 hours 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!

One Price--4 Courses with Lifetime Access

- Part 1 -

Advocacy Skills & Support

The main component of the Academy is my 4-Step Process to efficient IEP advocacy. In just 7 sessions, if you do the lessons and the activities, you will work toward moving your IEP team to YES. Live weekly Q&A sessions.

- Part 2 -

Professional Advocacy

If you wish, complete the Pro Advocate training components. In it, we go over everything you need to get your own IEP Advocacy business started in just a few weeks. Take this component whenever you feel like it--now, or 5 years from now.

- Part 3-

Deep Dives in IEP Issues

Deep Dives are special training session where we take a real "Deep Dive" into an IEP advocacy topic. So far, there are 18 recorded sessions in the library, on behavior, discipline, ESY and more. Coming Winter 2022--a 4 part deep dive on IEP Transition.

New for Winter 2022

Parent and Advocate Political Lobbying

Learn how to have your voice heard about the issues you care about. I've been an active lobbyist, both paid and volunteer, for almost 2 decades. I've been trained and credentialed by groups like the UN Foundation and Save the Children. I've testified before Senate committees and hearings. Now, I'm sharing all that knowledge with you. Learn how to keep current with the issues and legislation and how we can begin to create real change for our kids.

"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 get access to all the tools to understand and meaningfully participate in the IEP process with your own child or 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 webinars. Each pre-recorded webinar is 30-60 minutes. Once you've gone through the training, you can return for future (live) sessions or watch replays as often as you want. If you have questions, there are weekly live Q&A sessions.


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, 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. There are also live Q&A sessions held weekly every Fall, Winter and Spring session.


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.

Convenient Scheduling Options

Attend the live sessions or do all the learning at a time convenient for you. Everything is recorded and stored in the Academy.

Core Advocacy Content

Pre-Recorded

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

$297

LIVE Deep Dives

LIVE Sessions for Winter 2022 Include:

  • We are doing a 4-Part Transition Workshop. This will be an intense, participatory workshop for parents and advocates. We are going to go through EVERYTHING related to Transition to Adulthood with an IEP. This is arguably the most important part of a child's IEP career, so let's make it matter.
  • The other 3 Live Deep Dives for Winter 2022 will focus on Systems Advocacy. Learn how to know what issues are current for our kids and how you can have your voice heard about what you care about.

$297 Included!

But wait, there's more!

Pro Advocacy Content

Pre-Recorded

  • Getting Started in Professional Advocacy
  • How to Set your Prices
  • Onboarding New Clients
  • Advertising your Business
  • Talking about Money with Clients
  • Attending Meetings with Clients
  • Time Management and Burnout
  • Weekly Q&A for Learning and Practicing, Networking.

$297 Included!

Recorded Deep Dives

18 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
  • LRE
  • Aides and Paras
  • and much more....with new ones added often!

$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 participants 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.