Advocacy is a service of Newfound Learning Center, Inc.
devoted to helping parents navigate the difficult and confusing
ARD/504 process. Call upon one
of our experienced Texas certified administrators with
doctorates in education to assist you in obtaining a quality
educational plan for your child. Bring more than good
intentions to your ARD/504
meeting. Get the professional support and advice that you need
to help your child.
Newfound College Advocacy - Support for special needs students does not need to end in high school. Newfound will develop ADA plans for college students locally or nationally.
Dr. MarshaGuernsey, at (214) 390-1749
Member Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
1. What is advocacy? The ultimate goal of advocacy is to
obtain the best possible education for your child. At Newfound
you will have the experience of an educational expert to help
you navigate the many obstacles of the
2. Why should I have an advocate? Would you try to fix your
$30,000 car by buying a repair manual? Probably not. Likewise,
a public school district has many specialists and resources at
their immediate disposal. Without specialized training and
expertise with special education and the
ARD/ 504 process you will most
likely be at a significant disadvantage.
3. What is the cost? There is a charge of $150.00 per hour.
Additional charges may be assessed for travel, consultations,
and other expenses that may be required. We do not offer
4. Does the ARD Committee have
to accept the recommendations of the Advocate and or parent?
No, however, there are appeal options.
5. Are you getting all of the services for your child that they
are entitled to receive? Does your child qualify for Extended
School Year (ESY) services?
Does your child have a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)?
If so, what happens when a problem occurs? What about
assistive technology, special
education counseling, and independent evaluations? There is a
lot to know, and this is only the beginning.
6. What is your child's IQ? What does this mean in terms of
educational services? How is educational progress measured? Who
measures it? What happens if adequate progress isn't being made?
7. What curriculum materials is your child using? Are these
"research based"? Are the teaching methodologies and curricular
decisions based on current peer reviewed research? Do you know
how to interpret the information that is presented to you?
8. Where do I begin? Contact Dr. Marsha Guernsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The information on this web site is
for general information only. Each child's situation
is unique, therefore, Newfound Advocacy and will not
make recommendations for your child before meeting
with a child's parent and reviewing all relevant
information about a child.
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