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Author: Lisa Lightner

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I attend IEP meetings for a living and you just can't compete with that level of crazy.

Warning: I've been told I have a Philly accent. I don't hear it. Also, I curse. It's something I'm working on as far as personal development. So please don't be put off. I'm trying.

Inspired by her own son with disabilities, Lisa Lightner is an award-winning blogger and advocate. She has previously worked for her county's Arc and has served on the Boards of Directors for several disability organizations. 

Currently, she is her county's chairperson for the Right to Education Task Force, a federally decreed group set up in 1971 to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania had the opportunity to an education. 

When not attending IEP meetings with families or lobbying in Harrisburg and DC for disability rights, she can be found on the web at her IEP advice blog, A Day in our Shoes. She is known for her practical, realistic and implementable advice for parents.

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My chat with Kyle Boyer about how to talk with our kids about race. To get the list of resources, watch the video or read the transcript: Talking with Kids about RaceSupport the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
I'm chatting with OT Jaime Bassman about easy ways to practice OT skills during distance learning.You can click that hyperlink above to watch the video or read the transcript.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
I'm chatting with 2 special education attorneys about all things.To watch the video or read the transcript: https://adayinourshoes.com/attorney-advocate-distance-learning-ieps/Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
I'm taking parent questions about distance learning during the pandemic. This is the audio from a Facebook Live event.To watch the video or read the transcript: COVID-19, FAPE and Distance LearningSupport the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
Understanding PWN

Understanding PWN

2020-04-2340:12

A review of PWN and its importance. THis is a Facebook live event that I did a few months ago, but I uploaded the video file to here as a podcast.Read more about the PWN: Prior Written Notice PWN: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
Recap of my chat with Ashley Rose from Mission Cognition; she shared some ideas on how to work on social skills while we're stuck at home.You can read the list of ideas or watch the video here:18 Tips to work on Social Skills/SEL while you’re stuck at home (from a BCBA!)Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
I hosted a Facebook Live event about schools issuing PWNs during the shutdown.IF you wish to read more about this or watch the video instead, you can do so here:Extended School Closings | Some schools issuing PWNs as a Placement Change.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
Choosing my battles in this time of crisis.Coronavirus and School Closings | Will your child still receive IEP services?Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
Part 2 of my discussion with Steve Jacobson from Jacobson and John, LLP.Oh my gosh, we covered so much! We talked about AT equipment out of school, before and after care programs, section 504, some hallmarks of bad IEPs and 504s and so much more.If you'd like to contact Jacobson and John, a special education law firm near Philadelphia, you can do so through that hyperlink.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+...
Part 1 of 2, I'm interviewing Special Education Attorney Steve Jacobson. We talked about unilateral placements for Special Education, and how to tell when you might need an attorney to get involved with your IEP disputes.If you are interested in learning more about the firm or to schedule a free consultation with a Special Education Attorney in Pennsylvania, you can click the hyperlinks. Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Trainin...
I'm talking IEPs, seizures, research and more with Monika Jones from the Brain Recovery Project.To learn more about:The Brain Recovery ProjectOur mission is simple: We help children reach their full potential after brain surgery to stop seizuresThe Brain Recovery Project: Childhood Epilepsy Surgery Foundation969 Colorado Blvd. | Suite 101 | Los Angeles, CA 90041We help kids reach their full potential after epilepsy surgery.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP...
No excuses--why parents must engage in the IEP process. Because we are the IEP police!Read more: Parents, You are the IEP Police. Yes, you!Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
I hate being the bearer of bad news. I really do.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
Join me as I chat with Genia from GoodThingsInLife.org. We're talking about our kids' social roles, ableism, inclusion, tokenism, inspiration porn, chronic grief and so much more.Please note: This is much longer than most of my podcast episodes. I decided to leave it as one for those who are able to listen in one sitting. Here is the Power of Roles event she mentions in the podcast.Genia Stephen is a speaker, host of the Good Things In Life podcast, and founder of Good Things in Life which he...
Part 2 of my chat with Advocate Jackie Waldie from South Dakota.Jackie Waldie has been an advocate for 2 years. Prior to advocacy she was a 5th grade teacher for 12 years and obtained her Master's Degree in Education. Upon leaving teaching, she specialized in tutoring the Barton Method through Rapid City Dyslexic Care. She lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with her two wonderful children and husband. She advocates all over the state under the name Inspire Education at www.inspire1learning.com...
I'm chatting with IEP Advocate Jackie Waldie about all things IEP, and what it's like to sit on both sides of the table.Jackie Waldie has been an advocate for 2 years. Prior to advocacy she was a 5th grade teacher for 12 years and obtained her Master's Degree in Education. Upon leaving teaching, she specialized in tutoring the Barton Method through Rapid City Dyslexic Care. She lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with her two wonderful children and husband. She advocates all over the state unde...
Part two of my discussion of post-secondary opportunities for kids with IEPs.Guest today is Eric Endlich, Ph.D., psychologist and founder of Top College Consultants®, helps teens with special needs transition to college. He works with students worldwide.Colleges and Programs for Students with Learning Differences (video)Autism-Friendly College ListEric Endlich, Ph.D. (617) 515-3568 (cell) | (833) 932-7759 (toll free)Founder, Top College Consultants®Serving the Full Spectrum of Learners Like u...
Part 1 of 2: I'm chatting with Eric Endlich of Top College Consultants. We're discussing post-secondary opportunities for kids with IEPs.You can find Eric at:Colleges and Programs for Students with Learning Differences (video)Autism-Friendly College List(617) 515-3568 (cell) | (833) 932-7759 (toll free)Top College Consultants®Serving the Full Spectrum of Learners Like us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedInSupport the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teac...
IEP Data Collection

IEP Data Collection

2020-01-2127:00

IEP Data Collection-What does it look like? Who does it?How to get Meaningful IEP Data | Examples | Collection | SheetsSupport the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
I'm chatting all things Special Education Advocacy with Patricia, a parent advocate from central Florida.The 7 things you need to become a Special Education Advocate.You can contact Patricia, she only works in the central Florida area, at patty26ar@gmail.com.Support the Show.More IEP Help for You IEP Toolkit for Parents and IEP Teacher Toolkit Online Training Options Search 650+ Articles Get a free IEP Organizer Get Your IEP Questions answered by an advocate
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