Navigating the special education system can be confusing, overwhelming and emotional. You’re worried about your child. You’re dealing with people you don’t know, information that is new and an alphabet soup’s worth of acronyms.
No parent should go into it unprepared. At Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s first annual Special Needs Resource Fair, panelists explained the pros and cons of self-advocacy, paid professional advocacy and paid legal representation — and when each option should be considered.
Parent Support Arizona (non-legal advocacy)
Hope Kirsch, M.A.(Ed), Esq.
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC (special education attorneys)
Christopher Tiffany, M.Ed.
Director of Family Support at Raising Special Kids (self-advocacy)