ABOUT SECTION:

I am a non-attorney educational advocate. Evaluations drive all special education services. As a Bilingual Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), I am able to interpret, other disciplines’ evaluations, and review testing protocols. This adds a very important dimension to the provision of my advocacy services! I am also a Certified Individual & Family Counselor. My experience as a Certified Advanced Mediator increases the possibilities of resolving disagreements and disputes resulting in win-win situations. I am the Grandparents Support Group, Inc, http://www.grandparentssupport.org, Educational Advocacy Director.

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I love to spend as much time as possible with family and friends; I enjoy facilitating positive interaction between individuals from different walks of life; very often, I find myself doing presentations to parents, caretakers, and/or individuals with disabilities on subjects from advocating for their rights to fully participating in initiatives to improve their everyday living; I love to read; when working, I often have music playing in the background; I am always hungry for acquiring new knowledge. 

Areas of Experience / Expertise:

Disability Regulations
US Department of Education:
Individual Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

US Department of Justice:
Office of Civil Rights
American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
1.10-11-16 ADA Title II Regulation Supplement:
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of
Disability in State and Local Government Services
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Not Limited to Areas of Disabilities Services:
Autism
Other Health Impairment (OHI) conditions
Dyslexia
Dysgraphia
Dyscalculia
Chronic Illness
Hearing Loss and Deafness
Intellectual Disability
Learning Disability
Mental Health
Physical Disability
Vision Impairment and Blindness
Traumatic Brain Injury
Severe Low Incidence Disabilities,
those rated as up to less than 1% of the total
K-12 of the population. Trauma

Professional Training & Experience:
Non-Attorney Advocate, COPAA S.E.A.T Participant - Nine years' experience
Master of Science in School Psychology - Licensed Specialist in
School Psychology (L.S.S.P.) Twenty-years' experience.
Certified Counselor - Ten years’ experience.
Licensed ESL Teacher - Master of Education in English as a Second Language,
Certified Advanced Divorce and Child Custody Mediator - Eight years' experience.
Certified Arbitration and Ethics Mediator - Seven years' experience
Texas Education Agency Educational Service Centers – Annual 50 to 60 hours of training

Language Proficiencies:
English, Fluent Bilingual/Bicultural.
Spanish, Native, Fluent Bilingual/Bicultural.



Professional Memberships:

The Association for Conflict Resolution – ACRH.
Attention Deficit Disorders Association Southern Region ADDA-SR.
Council of Parents Advocates & Attorneys –COPAA.
Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH).
Learning Disabilities Association of Texas LDAT. Texas Organization of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates – TOPAA National Association of School Psychologists. Texas Association of School Psychologists