Helping families navigate Special Education services
Open Doors Educational Advocates
"It is with great confidence that I recommend Open Doors Educational Advocates. It is for their attentiveness, flexibility, knowledge, and determination that I make this recommendation. I have worked with the group over the past two school years to care for my son’s 504 plan. This was a very unique situation in the sense that my son already had an existing 504 plan, but due to its loose wording, it was being violated without the awareness of given teachers. Because of my emotional state, I decided to reach out to the group to represent my son to be sure that his needs were being met. Before our meeting at the school, I met with a few of the advocates to discuss the current conditions and review his 504 plan. In this meeting, they made very concrete recommendations and helped me to channel my emotions in a way that served my son. At our meeting with the school, administration was made aware of the violations and was informed that more specific language would help my son andhis teachers. From this point forward in the meeting, the school was compelled to work collaboratively with our advocate. In instances where the school was hesitant, the advocate provided strong rationale for why each accommodation was necessary and why the language had to be such. In addition to adding and rewording accommodations and testing modifications, the advocate further developed the 504 through adding specifics in terms of the health impairment affecting my son. After 6 years experience of navigating this on my own and also using other advocates, this was by far my best experience. I felt as though my son was thoroughly understood, supported and was being represented by those well informed of educational law and pedagogy.
Arguably the best part of my experience is the group’s continued interest in my son’s education as they check in with us frequently to be sure that his needs are being met by his 504 plan and that the particulars of it are being honored by the school. It has been two years of tremendous strides for my son and strongly recommend their services to anyone looking for an educational advocate." Carla K., Port Jervis
"Triesha and Patty at Open Doors have been a huge blessing in our lives. Our family was completely unsure about navigating the world of special education and they were our best guides: calm, warm, professional, respectful and thorough. They listened to our every concern and provided us helpful insights along each step of our process. We had a lot of concerns that hiring an advocate might mean the relationship with the school district would take on an adversarial tone but that couldn't have been further from the truth. Having advocates meant that the school district took us very seriously. It signaled to the district that we were absolutely committed to getting the most appropriate services for our preschooler. During the few moments when there was tension with the district, Triesha and Patty coached us on how to diffuse the tension. Not only did they help us achieve all our goals for our child's needs, they also brought us peace-of-mind during the process. We are grateful for their assistance and would recommend them to other families without any reservation." Marcy N., Poughkeepsie
We also can present to your PTA, SEPTA, or other parent organizations on a variety of special education topics. Let us know what your organization needs and we will be happy to create a presentation for you!
Consultation with school personnel
Understanding Part 200 regulations
Guidance to community supports
Teaching parents how to advocate for their children
Due process support
Let us guide you through the CSE process
The legalities within special education in New York State are many. Parents are often unsure of what their child needs to succeed and what the school district can and should be doing for their child. Open Doors Educational Advocates work with families in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, and throughout the Hudson Valley to gain understanding of your child's special needs, the supports within your school district, and how to maximize those supports to ensure that your child receives the free and appropriate public education they are entitled to.
Whatever your situation and the challenges your child faces, we have solutions.