My name is Carmen Carley and I am an Advocate for Special Education. I represent families throughout Southern California, from Malibu to Laguna. I help parents navigate through the world of Special Education in order to obtain or optimize an appropriate program and services for their child. I help by pursuing funding for the appropriate services for special needs children.
I became a special education advocate in 2002, after having gone through a major struggle with both my son’s School District and Regional Center after they denied him appropriate services. With the help of an attorney, my family went through a court case that lasted 6 days. We won the case and did obtain appropriate services for our son, however, if I would have known at the beginning of this process what I know now, I feel some or all litigation could have been prevented, saving us lots of time, stress and money.
I began to educate myself on Special Education advocacy through books, seminars, workshops, conferences, internet groups and attending numerous IEP and Regional Center meetings. From January through July of 2006, I attended and successfully completed the first Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) at the University of Southern California, followed by an internship in a Special Education Attorney’s office. In 2011 and 2013 I was invited to come to Washington DC by the National Council for Learning Disabilities and represent California students with learning disabilities by advocating for their needs with our leaders on Capital Hill.
Since 2002 I have been successfully negotiating and advocating for children with special needs to ensure their unique educational, self-help and behavioral needs are met. To date, I have represented and advocated for families during more than 700 IEP meetings and numerous IFSP and mediation meetings. I have also successfully represented families during many Regional Center Fair Hearings.
Examples of services we pursue:
•In-home Applied Behavioral Therapy (also known as ABA/DTT therapy) •One-on-one (IBI/ABA) school/community shadowing •Intensive academic support •Non-public school placement •Speech and Language Therapy •Occupational Therapy •Physical Therapy •Adaptive Physical Therapy •Vision therapy •Adaptive technology devices •Counseling services •Instruction in the home or hospital •Social skills training •Classroom/curriculum accommodations and/or modifications •Home-School-Home transportation •Respite services •Parent Education
These services can be part of a general education or special education placement.
Please contact SBCA today to discuss your child’s unique needs and decide if an advocate for special education can be of assistance to your family.
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WHAT WE DO
We pursue funding for the appropriate services for your child by:
Advocating for you during IEP or IFSP meetings with the School District and Regional Center.
Representing you during Regional Center Fair Hearings.
Advising and educating you about your family’s rights with regard to special education, regional center services, and your parental involvement.
Assisting you in your communication (written and oral) with the School District and Regional Center, so that all your requests will be followed up upon.
Optimizing your relationship with School District and Regional Center representatives by showing them that you know what your child’s and your rights are, so they are more likely to fund the appropriate program for your child.
Helping you better understand your role in the education of your child so he/she can be a lifelong successful learner.
Assisting you in your quest to obtain the most appropriate and robust program to meet your child’s unique needs.
Managing your case in the correct strategic way, should you ever need a referral to a special education attorney.
Teaching you how to become effective parent advocates for your child.
We serve clients in the following school districts:
ABC Unified (Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, parts of Lakewood, Long Beach and Norwalk), Bellflower Unified School District, Beverly Hills Unified School District, Culver City Unified School District, Cypress School District, Compton Unified School District, Downey Unified School District, El Segundo Unified School District, Hawthorne School District, Hermosa Beach Unified School District, Huntington Beach City School District (incl. Seal Beach), Inglewood Unified School District, Lakewood School District, Lawndale Elementary School District, Lennox School District, Little Lake Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District (Beverly Hills, Carson, Gardena, Harbor City, Santa Monica, San Pedro, Westchester, etc.), Lynwood Unified School District, Manhattan Beach School District, Newport Mesa Unified School District, Norwalk School District, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, Paramount Unified School District, Redondo Beach Unified School District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Torrance Unified School District, Westminster School District and Wiseburn School District.
If you do not find the District you deal with on our list, contact us anyway! We might be able to expand to your area or refer you.