Until there is an established certification process--and, someday, regulations and oversight--governing special education advocates, there are two excellent sources for common-sense advice on how to choose an experienced, well-trained advocate: The COPAA
web site (www.
The COPAA conference gave me the opportunity to meet and talk with the parents, advocates, and lawyers who are working in the trenches around the country to make IDEA more responsive to the needs of its recipients.
I left the COPAA annual conference feeling rejuvenated about the commitment that parents and their lawyers and advocates have in maximizing parent participation in the IEP process and in making IDEA work more effectively for families.
COPAA is a national policy systems leader for parents.