Susan Horning Provides Special Education Advocacy
for the San
Francisco Bay Area. I help parents navigate special
education and understand special education rights
through consultations and direct advocacy
representation. I specialize in IEP and Section 504
Plans for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD
(inattentive and/or hyperactive) and speech and language
disorders. I help resolve disputes, and offer support
and strategic planning to secure your child a free,
appropriate public education (FAPE).
What is a
Special Education Advocate?
education advocate is someone who helps you, the parent,
navigate the educational system so that appropriate
services and supports are provided for your child. I
work on behalf of parents of students with disabilities
who are eligible for special education services and
supplementary aids under federal and state law.
What does a
Special Education Advocate do?
education advocate supports, advises and empowers
parents to make informed choices for their child by
assisting them to understand their child's educational
rights. I actively negotiate for the needs of your
child by working together with you and your school
district to secure an appropriate education for your
child. To do this I might conduct a file review of your
child's cumulative file, pertinent records and reports,
attend IEP meetings as your advocate, correspond with
your child's school district, or refer you to other
professionals who can assist you in meeting your child's
needs. I will represent you in all matters and
proceedings related to the identification, evaluation
and educational placement of your child and to the
provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE)
pursuant to the IDEA.
consults a Special Education Advocate?
parents consult with me at the beginning of their
special education journey when they experience a gut
level feeling that "something is just not right."
Others are ready to have their child assessed and want
next steps support. Some parents have a child who
has recently become eligible for special education and
they want better understanding of the complex special
education laws, procedures and practices. Most
often times, parents choose to consult with me because
they feel their child's rights have been violated, their
child is not making progress or receiving meaningful
educational benefit, or they feel the school is ignoring
them or not acting in the best interest of their child.
Some of these parents are in dispute with their school
district over Section 504 plan or IEP eligibility, what
to include in the child's IEP, disagreement over specially
designed instruction and related services, or
disagreement on the appropriate placement for their
child. I work with children eligible for IEPs and/or
Section 504 Plans.