Faith is a non-attorney special education lay advocate who has been highly successful in advocating for children of all abilities to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
What will Faith do as your child's advocate?
- Take the time to understand your child's individual needs and get to know your child as a person.
2. Listen attentively and work in collaboration with your family not only to resolve immediate issues but
to effectively assist you in planning for your child's future.
3. Provide your family with the information you need to know about your child's educational rights
and available options allowing you to make informed decisions about your child.
4. Educate your entire family while moving through the advocacy process, thus allowing you to feel
confident in your own ability to advocate for your child in the future.
5. Work to repair and maintain relationships between you and school administration.
6. Act in a professional manner at all times.
7. Be responsive to your needs, calls and emails.
8. Adhere to a voluntary code of ethics (currently there are no ethical guidelines an advocate must adhere to)
As a member of COPAA, Faith has agreed to adhere to a voluntary code of ethics as set forth by COPAA
Some Information of Interest (this is not a comprehensive list of education/training):
- Member and former List Moderator for COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates)
- B.R.A.C.E Conference (Bullying Remediation and Court Education project)
- Special Education Advocacy Training (William & Mary School of Law) First Advocate in the state of CT accepted to the program 2013
- Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from William and Mary School of Law 2017
- Authorized facilitator of FETA workshops (From Emotions to Advocacy, authored by Pete Wright - wrightslaw.com)
- FAPE University (Free Appropriate Public Education) 2012
- Certified in Mental Health First-Aid 2014
- Certificate of Completion in Kinesics (reading body language) 2012
- Trained in Principled Negotiation
- Volunteer advocate for children at increased risk in various towns throughout CT
- Franklin Pierce College (Business/Accounting)1995
- Stewards of Children certificate (recognizing child sexual abuse)
To schedule an appointment, please call: (203) 493-4237.