Over 6.5 million children in the United States receive special education services. However, of these children, 43% FAIL to successfully complete high school by receiving either a diploma, modified diploma, or certificate of completion.
Families live in a constant state of conflict – fighting to obtain the services guaranteed their child under federal law (Individuals with Disability Education Act, 2004). Often these families struggle alone, unsure who to call or where to turn.
While many free and fee based organizations offer advocacy services, many lack the resources needed to let families know where they are. Now Ideal Lives has published an online directory of experienced, professional advocates that can help these families successfully navigate the special education maze.
“Professional services of any kind can be expensive, but I believe that every child is entitled to an appropriate education regardless of their family income. To ensure that no family is left out or left behind, our directory lists both volunteer and fee-based experts—willing and able to support families in their time of need,” says Lisa Simmons, Director of the Ideal Lives Project, sponsor of the online directory.
The Ideal Lives Advocate Directory currently lists advocates across the United States, both by state, as well as, a listing of those who offer nationwide services. The directory is continuing to grow and advocates not currently listed can complete a directory application available at the website.
Parents and advocates interested in learning more should visit www.ideallives.com and click on “Advocate Directory” in the left hand navigation bar.