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Basic Guidelines for Choosing an Educational Advocate for Your Child

Basic Guidelines for Choosing an Educational Advocate for Your Child By Stephanie LeBlanc and Christine Riley, Educational Advocates Working with your school district to ensure your child is receiving an appropriate education can be challenging. Often parents feel they are not an equal member of their child’s educational team and that decisions are not always …

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year from all of us at Autism Spectrum Advocacy!  We hope that 2016 will be another exciting year of positive change and personal & professional growth. Special-needs parents everywhere have been sharing their own resolutions for the new year, and there are always suggestions for how to enrich our own lives while meeting …

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Sped Child & Teen: A Great Resource for the Autism Community in Massachusetts!

SPED Child & Teen is a wonderfully informative website established and edited by Sharon Riddle about current & future Autism-related programs, workshops, seminars, support groups, camps and other resources & matters of interest for families in Massachusetts.  The website was inspired by Sharon’s family’s never-ending quest for programs and services to help their own family …

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Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

On November 16, 2015, the US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued an important new “Dear Colleague” letter. OSERS provided in this letter a definition of “general education curriculum” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). IEP goals must be aligned with grade-level content standards for all children …

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Home, home in on the range: looking at “average” behavior data

When discussing your child’s progress in the context of a behavior program, you may be told that “on average, your child demonstrates X number of X behaviors per day”. If this average is lower than it has been in the past, that’s great news: the behavior program is effective!  Or is it? It’s important to …

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Light It Up Blue on April 2


April 2, 2015 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. University of Massachusetts Medical School Sherman Center Multipurpose Room (first floor) 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655 University of Massachusetts Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Child Psychiatry is again observing International Autism Awareness Day on April 2 with a musical celebration of autism awareness and acceptance at …

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21st Annual Family Fun Fair, March 21 2015 in Milford

Advocates from Autism Spectrum Advocacy will participate in the 21st Annual Family Fun Fair taking place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 (snow date: March 28th) from 11am to 2pm at Milford, MA High School.  Please stop by and speak with us at our table! The annual Family Fun Fair is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department …

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Upcoming FREE IEP Clinics

Do you have concerns with your child’s IEP? Speak with an ASA advocate, free of charge. We will be offering a series of pro-bono 1-hour IEP consults on Monday, March 23 to parents working with The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts which will be held at their Franklin, MA location from 9:30-12:30.  Currently, 6 …

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An Act to Provide Equal Access to Evaluations for Children with Disabilities


“An Act to Provide Equal Access to Evaluations for Children with Disabilities” is a bill that establishes more reasonable rates for independent educational evaluations (IEEs), which are often needed (but nearly impossible to obtain) in order to ensure appropriate special education services for children with disabilities. The current rates set by the Massachusetts for independent …

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Need Help?


    Overwhelmed by “SPED-speak” at Team meetings?  Feeling outnumbered?  Confused by your child’s IEP & worried that it may not address all areas of needs? Concerned that you might not “know enough” to be able to effectively help your child?  We can help! ASA advocates are accepting new clients for Spring 2015: call us …

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