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Moving to Florida From a Different State? Get your child’s IEP reviewed before you relocate and before you have your first IEP meeting in Florida.
Child smiling with ornamental hat

Here Is My Story

Child smiling with ornamental hat

Here Is My Story

My daughter was born with cerebral palsy.

The doctors told us Katherine wouldn’t live beyond her third birthday. We ignored them, took her home, and loved her with everything we had.

In 2009, I started The IEP Advocate. Along the way, some remarkable, talented individuals joined me and today, with a staff of 30+ advocates, we are the largest private advocacy organization in the country, serving families across the United States. I have personally participated in over 2,500 IEP meetings, consulted with over 4,000 families, and taught advocacy strategies to thousands more.

Instinctively I knew if she was going to have the best shot in life, I had to learn about “special education.” I attended numerous seminars, workshops, and training. The governor of Florida appointed me to a state policy board regarding early intervention and education. I worked with a slew of organizations, sat on dozens of educational committees, and learned as much as possible. Soon I was helping other parents get IEP’s for their children.

As a parent, all you want for your child is to learn to readwrite, do the mathbe happy in school, have friendsbehavefinish homework (and turn it in!), and you want them to have a chance to reach their potential, whatever that is for them.

However, if you’re reading this, things probably aren’t going so great. You are lost, confused, and scared to death your child is going to fail school, and — here’s the biggie — if they don’t do well in school, they may fail in life.

It doesn’t have to be this way, you CAN get the public school system to help your child and we are going to do it together.

Over the past several years, I developed “IEP’s Made Easy” — a simple to follow, easy to understand, easy to execute training that walks you through the IEP process (or 504 Plan) one step at a time. You can go as slowly — or as fast —– as you want to go based on your experience level and personal situation.

After working together, parents have told me they’re more confidentmore effectivemore knowledgeable than ever and their children are finally getting the help they need.

Now it’s time for you to do the same…let’s do it together.

Pam Lindemann
Founder and President

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