About the Company
Your non-attorney Advocate
Based in Austin Texas, Ms. Spencer is a Special Education Advocate who is also a parent like you.
She has clients in more than 20 area school districts, as well as several Charter schools, covering Regions 4, 12 and 13. Her focus on data and growth analysis is a skill developed from a background in wealth management. Her approach to issues and problems is long-term and holistic, advocating for services that prepare a child for further education, independent living and employment. Areas of expertise include IEP development, ARD meeting participation, mediation and single issue Due Process Complaints.
Moving from Kansas to Illinois then Texas, prepared her for the challenges of ensuring educational continuity and provision of comparable services when transferring IEPs and 504s from state-to state for her own children. She has assisted many out-of-state clients in this matter.
In addition to certification as a presenter for NAMI Central Texas 'Parents & Teachers as Allies' Program, and co-presenting at The International Dyslexia Association Austin conference on 'Dyslexia as an SLD', Ms. Spencer has provided training to the Epilepsy Foundation, Team Luke, Hope For Minds (Traumatic Brain Injury) and numerous support groups and businesses. As a member of the Council Of Parent Advocates and Attorneys and the ADHD Coaches Organization, she participates in continuing education opportunities such as COPAA's annual conference and the International Conference on ADHD.
Relevant experience includes:
NAMI advocacy committee member: Provided resources on the development of a diversion program and Mental Health Court presented to the assistant district attorney for diversion, Travis County.
Expert panelist: Wrightslaw Training, Arlington TX. Fielded questions about tests and other topics in Special Education.
Regional Coordinator (Region 13) for Partners Resource Network, the state Parent Training & Information agency. Disseminated information to parents one-to-one, through workshops, Symposiums and Conferences- and recruited Parent Leaders to attend ARD meetings.
Gifted Education Advocate: Resource Chairperson on the executive board of Challenge Advocacy Network Development Organization, BPS101, Illinois, where she advocated for gifted curriculum differentiation with school administrators, and proposed alternate methods of identification for gifted/talented services. Additionally, she provided resources to parents of Twice-Exceptional students, level 2 gifted and above, and advised on placement appeal using off-level testing and program recommendations through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
ADHD Parent Support Group, Batavia Illinois. Provided resources to parents.
Parent Leader: Illinois State Board of Education Parent-Educator Partnership program. This role prepared her to support parents at IEP meetings and help them develop appropriate measurable goals.
She holds a M. Ed. in Adult & Higher Education with an emphasis on 'Barriers to Learning' from the University of Oklahoma and a B. A. (Hons) in English & American Literature from the University of Kent, U.K.
Get in touch with her today — she looks forward to hearing from you!