Linda J. Talbert, LLC

Why a special education advocate…and why now?

You have a child — a teen, a young adult — and things are getting complicated. Maybe things are holding together at home, that is, with a lot of choreography from you.  There you have some control.  But at school? Something isn’t happening.

Perhaps you’ve expressed your concerns to teachers or administrators. But in your view this “not happening” is becoming the troublesome new norm.  Things have to change, but the stakes are high. You want allies at school and hesitate to take any action that would unravel the many elements that may be working well.

You know that you are your child’s primary special education advocate, consulting with countless (sometimes conflicting) professionals, reading the books, attending conferences, and even this moment surfing the web yet again for your next piece of the puzzle. You have a team of extended family, friends, and professionals. What might a professional advocate bring to this team? Read more...


“Congress enacted IDEA in 1970 to ensure that all children with disabilities are provided “a free appropriate public education which emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs [and] to ensure that the rights of [such] children and their parents or guardians are protected.”


U.S. Supreme Court,

Florence Grove Sch. Dist. v T.A.,

June 22, 2009