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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Small Group Discussion Leaders: Upcoming Transition Tuesday Workshop Series

Enroll in the 5-Session Series Starting February 26th

Here is information about, and contact information for, some (but not all!) of the professional educational advocates who will be so generously sharing their expertise with us as small group discussion leaders in the course of our upcoming "Transition Tuesday" workshop series.

Paricipants are assured of highly-qualified, personal attention to their individual questions and concerns.

For additional information or to register, please call Amanda Renzi at 617-658-9800 or email nesca@nesca-newton.com.


Find complete details and a schedule HERE.


Educational Advocates

Catherine S. Mayes

Catherine Mayes is Autism Project Advocate at Mass. Advocates for Children and an advocate in private practice. The mother of a young adult with autism, Catherine resides and works on the South Shore. She is experienced in the Boston Public Schools, Newton, Brookline, Waltham, Needham and other districts along Route 95 South. She especially enjoys working with families with teens with HFA, AS and NLD who have great potential, but struggle socially and emotionally as a result of their disabilities. At MAC, Catherine provides technical assistance, including brief phone consultation, to families with students with autism from throughout the state.
Telephone: 781-837-9636
Email: Catherinesmayes@aol.com

Reva Tankle, Ph.D.

Trained in 2004 as a Special Needs Advocate at the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Dr. Tankle has since worked with hundreds of families of children with a wide range of disabilities. A licensed psychologist and the parent of two school age children, Dr. Tankle currently teaches the FCSN’s Parent Consultant course on “The Use of the Neuropsychological Evaluation in the IEP Process.” In 2011, she joined NESCA as a post-doctoral fellow, for additional training in pediatric neuropsychology. Pending completion of that training, she is not accepting new advocacy clients. Her NESCA staff biography is HERE.
Telephone: 617-658-9800
Email: rtankle@nesca-newton.com

Trish Orlovsky

Founder of Better Outcomes Advocacy, Trish Orlovsky has successfully represented children with special needs across eastern MA for the past decade. She specializes in IEP development, parent training and consultation, and proactive engagement on behalf of students with developmental disabilities and complex medical/learning profiles. She was trained and certified by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and Wrightslaw, and is a member of the Mass. Down Syndrome Educators Task Force. Her professional development includes over 80 workshops, Basic Rights presentations for the Federation and ACMI cable presentations on NICHCY training modules. For proactive engagement on behalf of families of children with special needs, in 2008 Orlovsky received the Federation's Patricia Blake Advocacy Award. Trish, her husband, Alex, and their son, who has Down Syndrome, are residents of Arlington.
Telephone: 339-368-0463
Email: t_orlovsky@hotmail.com

Stephanie LeBlanc

Stephanie LeBlanc, owner of Autism Spectrum Advocacy, offers comprehensive special educational advocacy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Autism, Rett Syndrome, PDD-Pervasive Development Disorder, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder). She helps families strengthen their own advocacy skills by guiding them through the special education planning process. The mother of four children, one of whom has autism/PDD, she received her training from the FCSN and The SEAT (Special Education Advocate Training) Program. For additional information, visit her website HERE.
Telephone: 508-625-2209
Email: Stephanie@ASadvocacy.com

Jennie H. DunKley

Jennie H. DunKley is a 12+ year veteran special education consultant and advocate, and a senior trainer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs’ (FCSN) workshops for private groups, educators, advocates, evaluators and SPED-PACs. She has received extensive advocacy training though FCSN, Wrightslaw and the OSEP/COPAA SEAT (Special Education Advocacy Training) program, which included a practicum at the Massachusetts Disability Law Center. She is a Board member of MASS Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN) and an Advisory Committee member for SpedEx, the new Massachusetts pilot dispute resolution program. DunKley also chairs the Massachusetts Special Education Advisory Council (SAC), on which she serves as a parent representative.
Telephone: 508-230-7357
Email: jdk@jdk-com.com

Andrea Brandeis

Andrea Brandeis, a principal (with Marjorie Walsh, below) of the advocacy firm CCSNMA – The Center for Children with Special Needs of Massachusetts, was trained by the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) and Wrightslaw. She has an extensive business background, which she brings to the negotiating table. Brandeis provides services to MAC – Mass. Advocates for Children, and also to the Federation for Children with Special Needs, as a facilitator and trainer serving the Southeast Region of Massachusetts. She is a member of SPaN, the Special Needs Advocacy Network. A parent of children with special needs, Brandeis has advocated effectively for hundreds of kids. Visit the CCSNMA website, HERE.
Telephone: 781-331-5437 (KIDS)
Email: andreabrandeis@Ccsnma.com

Marjorie Walsh

Marjorie Walsh of CCSNMA has degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. She has over ten years of experience as a special education advocate. Walsh has helped children with various disabilities, from families in many communities. She was trained by the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN), and has taught many Parent Workshops through them. In addition, Walsh completed USC's SEAT Project for further advocacy training. She is also the parent of two grown, college-educated children who required special needs services throughout their school days.
Telephone: 781-331-5437 (KIDS)
Email: intakespecialist@ccsnma.com

Bonnie Polakoff 

Bonnie Polakoff, owner of Polakoff Educational Advocacy, LLC, is well-known throughout the state as the listserv moderator of the award-winning Concord SEPAC listserv. Polakoff advocates for families of children with ASD, ADHD, NVLD, executive functioning deficits, auditory processing disorder and behavioral and mental health issues. She prides herself in being not just an advocate for the child, but in being an advocate for the entire family, offering emotional support and wide access to resources. Bonnie is both Federation and Wrightslaw trained, and she works in both Metrowest and Central MA. She’s a presenter for the Federation of Children with Special Needs and is a strong believer in empowering parents. In addition to her private advocacy practice, Bonnie is a Special Education Surrogate Parent, advocating for kids in the foster care system that don’t have parents who can advocate for them. She is passionate about what she does, which is evident when you meet her. For more information about Bonnie, visit her website HERE.
Telephone: 978-371-9886
Email: polakoffadvocacy@gmail.com


The Transition Tuesday Series

All sessions will take place in the lower lobby of our building at 55 Chapel Street in Newton, from 7:00 – 9:00pm. There is ample free, off-street parking in the lot directly opposite the main entrance, marked with a blue banner. The cost is $15 per session or $60 for the full series of five. Seating is limited.

Find complete details and a schedule HERE.

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