Based in Houston Texas, Crystal Visions Academy for Special Education Advocacy's mission is to maximize the learning heart and provide parents of children with disabilities the resources, tools, and guidance necessary to ensure they have the knowledge and ability to navigate the special education process successfully. Our primary focus is to play a part in ensuring that every child maximizes the learning heart, regardless of disabling condition, has a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). In particular, we work closely with parents who need help navigating the special education and Individualized Education Program (IEP)/Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee (ARD) process and resolving conflict. It can be incredibly intimidating and scary attending an IEP/ARD meeting. It is not uncommon for parents to sit across the table from ten-plus educators during the meeting. When parents disagree with school districts, it is rarely an easy or pleasant situation. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law that governs special education in America, requires the equal involvement of parents and encourages input and collaboration from all parties.
Working with an advocate can serve a number of needs. Having another person at the table who knows “the rules of the education game” can make a big difference. Imagine playing a game and you don’t know the rules. That’s essentially what happens when parents attend IEP/ARD meetings. Everyone knows the rules but the parent(s). There is, generally speaking, a true knowledge deficit on the part of the parents. The educators attend IEP/ARD meetings for a living and are well-versed in the law and what they are required to do by law. In addition, the presence of an advocate can adjust the behavior of the educators at the table. If educators know the advocate is knowledgeable and competent, they may be more likely to accommodate requests and parental needs. As well, having an advocate can simply be comforting. It is truly frightening sitting alone across the table from ten-plus professionals. Having someone “in your corner” can go a long way to easing anxiety and increasing confidence.
At Crystal Visions Academy for Special Education Advocacy, our primary focus is to empower parents and educators with knowledge. We are also available to provide advocacy to parents and support them on their journey through the special education labyrinth. Our goal is to help parents achieve their goals for their child while also preserving the relationship with the school district. We work hard to find cooperative and collaborative solutions for all parties involved. We also offer tutoring for all subjects grades EC (early childhood) - 12th grade. Tutoring is academic support provided by a master teacher;someone with deep knowledge or defined expertise in a particular subject or set of subject area or skills.
Crystal Visions Academy for Special Education Advocacy is a dedicated professional organization in the field of Special Education. Our team of educators believe advocating for children's education is essential. Finally, we hope to raise society's awareness of how maximizing the learning heart of all stakeholders will impact the successful outcomes of student learning. Please contact us to schedule a free one-hour consultation to assess your needs.
Vickie Young Weatherspoon, M.Ed. Executive Director Maximizing the Learning Heart