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Ask the Advocate Blog 

In our informative blog, Ask the Advocate, you'll find posts that answer the special education questions parents most often ask.  These blogs are full of great advice and informative links.  Our blog has been featured in Dystinct Magazine

You can also view past episodes of Ask the Advocate LIVE.  This live Facebook series allows Lorraine to answer parents' top questions live on the internet!


10 Questions to Ask When Hiring An Advocate

Hiring an advocate is a big decision.  These 10 questions help you find out the information you need to choose the advocate that is right for your family. 

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Special Education


We always say that advocating for your child is a journey.  To help you avoid some common bumps in the road, we've created this roadmap.  It lays out the special education process and what to expect every step of the way. 

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Top 10 Signs of Dyslexia

Parents Often Miss

Not sure if it's dyslexia? Check this list to see if your child exhibits these common signs of dyslexia that are sometimes missed.  Dyslexia is a lot more than backward letters- find out more in this free download.

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4 Steps to Success!

How to Prepare for Your Next IEP Meeting  

This easy-to-follow checklist helps you prepare for your next IEP meeting so that you can join the meeting feeling confident and ready.  You'll learn what to gather and what to think about in order to best represent your child's interests and help them get the education they deserve.  

Outside Resources


United States Special Education Regulations:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.


State Regulations Governing Special Education Programs in Virginia

This document is a comprehensive look at the Virginia state regulations for educating all students with disabilities.


International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is the oldest organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. It is also committed to providing complete information and services to address the full scope of dyslexia and related reading and writing challenges. It provides dyslexia specific resources and factsheets.

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

Founded in 1977 by Carrie and Pete Rozelle as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, the organization provided leadership, public awareness and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.

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The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC) is the preeminent source of cutting-edge research, informed advocacy and trustworthy resources to help those with dyslexia reach their full potential. The Center’s tools and resources are used widely by parents, educators and those with dyslexia to advocate for greater recognition and support for dyslexic children and adults.

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Decoding Dyslexia Virginia

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia is a grassroots movement focused on linking families to resources, support, and educational interventions for dyslexia. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in Virginia.


Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a national non-profit dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, including blindness, visual impairment, and dyslexia. Learning Ally improves the way students learn at home and in the classroom.



AIM-VA is a service of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) through a grant to The Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University. AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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