After earning a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan and while completing an M.A. in Teaching from Northwestern University, Linda Talbert had her first professional experience in special education in a class of 30 with intellectual disabilities. Later, she taught secondary English and social studies in the general curriculum before becoming an instructional designer in the computer industry.
Linda entered the special education orbit in a personal way almost two decades ago when her now-young-adult son presented with a significant disability. She pursued continuing professional coursework in educational assessment and statistics, educational therapy, language pragmatics, sensory processing disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, professional advocacy, and behavior analysis. For several years, she served in a volunteer leadership capacity with the National Alliance for Autism Research and in the initial days as it became part of Autism Speaks; she currently serves on the executive board of Abilis, Inc.
Linda now runs her own practice as a non-attorney advocate and provides legal research, writing and other paralegal services for Connecticut-based special education law firms. Linda also serves as an educational advocate for foster children through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s “surrogate parent” program. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and son.
Member-Advocate: Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and graduate of its
Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) program.