How to Advocate for Your Child

with Special Needs

Jan 15th, 2021     6pm-7pm

Kids with special needs depend on their parents to advocate for them in the special education process,

especially during these unusual times.

Maria Lang Gavidia, Special Education Consultant and former Special Programs Director at BRSSD and Pacifica School District, will share from over 20 years of experience in public education and tell parents what they need to know in order to effectively advocate for their kids with special needs.

Topics include the key questions to ask at an IEP meeting, the most important pages in your child's IEP, warning signs that your child's services/placement are inappropriate, and more!

Ms. Gavidia began her career in special education as a school psychologist. After 11 years, she became an elementary school principal for the next several years, then moved into the role of Special Education Director, where she remained for 9 more years.

Throughout her career, Ms Gavidia has worked on behalf of students with special needs ranging in ages from preschool through high school. She has experience with each of the 13 eligibility categories designated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as qualifying conditions for special education services. Her areas of special interest include child and adolescent mental health, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities, and attention difficulties,

Like all special education administrators, last spring, Ms. Gavidia led a team of special educators as they transitioned IEP programs to remote instruction. She brings first hand knowledge of the changing special education environment to her advocacy and consultation practice.

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