Services

Not all advocates have the same skillset or interests.

My scope of practice is described below.

SERVICES I PROVIDE

I assist the parents of children ages 3-22

ADVOCACY INTAKE PROCESS

  • Records compilation and organization

  • Informal observations of the student

  • Document review and analysis

  • Identify special education issues; in-depth feedback with client

  • Develop case goals with client

EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY

  • Assist with the Student Study/Success Team (SST) process

  • Assist with the Section 504 Plan process

  • Assist with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process 

    • Transition to an IEP at third birthday

    • Initial referral and assessment process

    • IEP meeting(s), respond to IEP offers

  • Assist with the Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) process

COMPLAINTS

  • Calif. Ed. Code § 56500.2 - state compliance complaints

  • Calif. Ed. Code § 49070 - challenge the content of pupil records

  • Local, bullying, discrimination or records complaints

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • Work with the school district to find solutions

  • Some local alternative dispute resolution (ADR) meetings

  • Some mediations

  • Some resolution sessions

SERVICES I DO NOT PROVIDE

ADVOCATING FOR BETTER GRADES

  • Advocate for changes to assignment or report card grades

DISCIPLINE PROCEEDINGS

  • Expulsion process

  • Manifestation determination process

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

  • Evaluate or diagnose children

  • Design, monitor or manage educational programs

  • Instructional or therapeutic services 
  • Placement consultation (e.g., recommend programs)

LEGAL SERVICES

  • Write or file a due process complaint

  • Write or evaluate settlement agreements

  • Represent parents at a due process hearing

  • Post-hearing appeals to federal courts 

These resources can help parents understand how advocates work:

1005 Northgate Drive, #333, San Rafael, CA 94903 • (415) 798-7980 • sk@sallykirkadvocate.com

I am not licensed to practice law and cannot provide legal advice or services.

© 2019 by Sally Kirk