How we help

Student Advocacy, Inc. has been helping children who are struggling in school since 1982. Our individualized approach to education advocacy begins with understanding a child’s challenges in school by collecting and analyzing facts, providing a comprehensive record review, and meeting with the student and parent. After identifying the core issues, we then help parents and schools to better understand the child’s needs and educational rights.

Our assistance is provided at no cost to the student, or on a sliding scale. We are an independent non-profit, legally based education advocacy agency, relying solely on individual donations and grant support.

Serving Westchester and Putnam residents only, our services range from providing technical assistance to parents and professionals, to representing students and families at school meetings including: Committee on Special Education Meetings, Manifest Determination Reviews, and School Disciplinary Proceedings. We handle a wide range of issues, such as school registration, residency challenges, special education, transportation, attendance, and school disciplinary matters. We take a collaborative, problem solving approach, as we negotiate for the appropriate assistance. In limited circumstances, we represent students on State Complaints and Appeals to the Commissioner of Education.

Our goal is to get children on track to succeed in school. In our Resources section, we have provided a book entitled “101 Answers: How to Get Help at School for Your Child with a Disability, A Guide for New York Parents”, which is based on our long-standing and successful representation of students with disabilities.

Resources

We are always available to do training for parents and professionals within the community.

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