Navigating the special education system can be daunting and confusing. We work with you to review existing IEP documents and assessments, determine if services being provided are appropriate and support you in understanding special education processes. We help families obtain special education evaluations where appropriate. We also help support the creation and implementation of Section 504 plans for students who do not meet special education criteria.
•Records review: assessments, IEPs, 504 plans
•Attendance at meetings
•Assessment, classroom observation
•Independent Educational Evaluations
•Regional Center, IHSS support
An educational consultant works with the individual needs of students and young adults to find the most appropriate wilderness, school or therapeutic program to support client needs.
AAI staff visit programs nationwide and internationally so they have first-hand experience in which to tailor program recommendations for each client.
Individualized placement recommendations
Local schools: public, private, nonpublic
Residential programs for students with mental health challenges: wilderness, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers
Referrals to funding sources
For parents who just need some basic advice, we offer parent coaching support. After an initial consultation, we review documents and provide advice on next steps for parents/guardians to follow.
We help families understand assessment results and draft IEPs.
The AAI team frequently conducts presentations at professional learning opportunities and conferences, as well as for community and parent groups.
Recent topics have included: IEP v. 504 Plan, Building Trust with Families, and Writing Goals with an Advocate's Eye.