IEP for Parents is a place for families raising children with disabilities to connect, learn, and share ideas.
It’s important to know that you aren’t the only parent to struggle with getting help for your child. Our team at IEP for Parents has been in your shoes and we want to help you unravel the nuances of special education for your child to meet with success.
In order to play the game you must know the rules. Let us show you how to understand and organize your child’s information, communicate effectively with teachers and administrators, and provide the knowledge you need to be an equal member of the team.
A well written IEP that includes meaningful parent input drives your child’s unique educational experience. We will give you the tools to understand the IEP process and build your confidence so you can be a stronger advocate for your child.
Meet The Team
Sue has been a successful advocate for students in public school for almost 20 years. She has two adult children and upon beginning to advocate for her son with special needs she felt passionate that parents needed to be educated, empowered and informed.
In an effort to make systemic change, she co-founded a disability magazine called Child Connections. Sue was effective at engaging people to make a change at a legislative level and led the charge to keep funding for gifted education in Florida.
Sue and her husband share time between Florida and Michigan. They enjoy boating and travelling with their children.
Parents are still encountering similar obstacles as they attempt to work with public schools and therefore Sue has worked with Susan to create IEP for Parents as the community filled with opportunities to allow parents to be the best possible advocate for their children.
Susan’s introduction to advocacy began over 20 years ago when her oldest child was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder along with a Language Impairment. A few months later her younger child was diagnosed with Autism. She immersed herself in research to learn how to help her children and quickly realized the public school system provided the best resources.
Susan became involved in the PTA at her local school, joined advocacy organizations and attended many disability education workshops and conferences. She worked as a Family and Community Partner for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida and then as a Parent Liaison for the Sarasota County School District.
Currently, Susan has a consulting firm to provide private advocacy services to families and is the author of Moms Move Mountains: Special Education Survival Skills for Parents. She lives in Venice with her husband, adult daughter, two rescued black cats and a dog named Remus. Susan enjoys watching sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, reading suspense novels and spending time with friends.
Moms Move Mountains
When a child learns differently, school expectations can become a daily struggle. Parents must learn how the school system operates and work with staff to develop an individualized education plan for their child. Moms Move Mountains was written to prepare families to act as their child’s advocate and keep their sanity in the process. Find out more or order the book through Barnes & Noble.