Michele Tivey (Westonite) is CT’s Autism Advocate

Introducing Connecticut Autism Advocate


New Website!!

Two Parent Workshops in January!

Dear Friends and Fellow Mommies,


Based upon my experiences with my son’s Special Education program at school, I began to research how one becomes certified to be a Special Education Advocate in the state of Connecticut.


Well, guess what?  One doesn’t!


That’s right, there are no statewide (or Federal) education, training or course requirements required for Advocates.  So, just how do you know if the person charging you thousands of dollars to participate in your child’s PPT meetings is qualified to give you and your School District advice about your child?  Basically, it’s a guessing game.


As a former attorney, I was determined to learn as much as I could about the IEP process in Connecticut for my own child.  I completed  several Connecticut state training courses for advocates (although not mandated, they are available,) Federal IDEA training by WrightsLaw, the premier course provider on Federal Special Education Law, and months of my own research.


Now, I hope to provide affordable, non-threatening assistance to Parents of children with Autism.  I think Advocates are too expensive.  I think they often worsen the atmosphere between parents and schools.  Finally, I do not think parents really understand how an Advocate can help them, or why they need one.


I will working for Parents who want to change the way they work with their school.  To parents who wish to cooperate, not argue, I will be a negotiator.  To those who seek an affordable option and not an open ended stream of bills, I will offer services at a flat fee instead of an hourly rate.  And to parents who are still tangled in a complicated process, I will offer advice and preparation.


Please share this email.  It provides a link to my website, and information about two Parent Workshops I am offering in January for everyone looking to get started on the road to a better way. I am more than happy to speak with anybody who might need my help.  Thanks so much!


Angel Fish Therapy is Sponsoring

Our First Parent Workshop!

angelfishI am proud and flattered to announce that Angel Fish has agreed to sponsor our first Parent Workshop.  Ailene Tisser and Cindy Freedman are no strangers to the Fairfield County Special Education Community.  They and their amazing staff provide our kids with exceptional aquatic therapy and a rare combination of professionalism and love.


Angel Fish Parents and their friends are invited to attend our first Parent Workshop entitled. “How to Really Read an IEP,” at a discounted price, thanks to Angel Fish Therapy’s generous sponsorship.  Join us for this unusually frank discussion. You will come away understanding the IEP document like never before!

Please Join us
Friday, January 28, 2011
“How to Really Read an IEP”
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Courtyard Mariott
474 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 849-9111
Special Angel Fish Sponsored Admission: $25 (cash or check at the door)
Courtyard Mariott is conveniently located on Route 7, just minutes from most parts of
Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Ridgefield, Weston and Redding.

NOTE: Attedance is limited to 40 Participants.

Please RSVP today to: CtAutismAdvocate@aol.com

Sunday Parent Workshop Series


Parents with Special Needs children can gain a tremendous amount of knowledge about the IEP process and available therapies through our Sunday Parent Workshop Series.

We will be offering these Workshops on issues of interest to parents for learning about therapies and treatments, networking with other parents and discussing how to get our children’s school programs to provide everything our children need to succeed in an educational setting.

Workshops will cover a variety of subjects such as:
  • Connecticut and Federal Special Ed Law
  • Vision Therapy
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • GF/CF Diet Secrets … and more!
Join us on
Sunday, January 30, 2011
“Prepare for Your PPT”
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Courtyard Marriott
474 Main Avenue
Norwalk, Connecticut 06851
(203) 849-9111

Admission:  $40 (cash or check at the door)
Courtyard marriott is coveniently located on Route 7, just minutes frommost parts of
Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Ridgefield Weston and Redding.


NOTE: Attedance is limited to 40 Participants.

Please RSVP today to: CtAutismAdvocate@aol.com

ct seal2011  Workshops for SEPTAs and Schools
Special Education PTA groups (SEPTAs) are afforded deeply discounted rates for Workshops.  Details are on the website.  CtAutismAdvocate.com

School Districts looking to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation costs should also review the website for information on a special 10 Hour challenge.  With 10 hours of training for teachers, administration members and paraprofessionals, we can make a huge difference in how parents and schools relate to one another.  CtAutismAdvocate.com

We can change the way Parents and School Districts

communicate with eachother.  Please take an opportunity to review

my website www.CtAutismAdvocate.com; and attend a Parent Workshop.

Together, we can improve the Parent-School dynamic.


My commitment is to provide clients with:

  • Affordable flat rate fees;
  • Negotiation instead of representation; and
  • Not to escalate the tension in Parents’ relationship with their school.

Michele’s blog can be found here or http://www.ctautismadvocate.com/the-blog.html.


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