Empowering Families to Navigate Special Education Services
Education, the cultivation of knowledge and life skills through learning, is a fundamental need for all children.
F.A.C.T. Educational Advocates are not lawyers or teachers, but they have studied educational law and are trained to help you navigate the special education system.
They can guide you through your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan processes and requirements. These plans ensure children with a disability can access the educational services they need for academic success.
“I’ll be by your side through the entire process. I can come to your IEP meetings and help you determine effective IEP goals and objectives for your child.” said Cindy McMurtrey, F.A.C.T Educational Advocate. “I will give you as much, or as little, support as you want.”
What Problems Can F.A.C.T. Educational Advocacy Solve?
Many of the parents, grandparents, guardians and other family members we work with are worried their child may not be getting the educational services they need.
Here are examples of some typical concerns.
“Johnny has been diagnosed with autism and the school wants to evaluate him. What should I do?”
– Laura, Mother, O’Fallon, St. Charles County, MO
“Jane has Down syndrome and she has an IEP, but the school is not following it. How can I make the school provide the special education services she needs?”
– Duane, Stepfather, City of St. Charles, MO
“The school is following Brad’s IEP for his learning disability, but it is six months into the school year, and he is failing every class. What can I do?”
– Janice, Aunt, St. Peters, St. Charles County, MO
“I think Sara needs more speech training than the school will provide, but I don’t know how to get it.”
– Frank, Brother, Weldon Spring, St. Charles County, MO
“I am worried about my grandson Matthew’s grades. I think he may have ADHD but I don’t know how to find out if something is wrong.”
– Raquel, Grandmother, Lake St. Louis, St. Charles County, MO
Qualifying for the Educational Advocacy Program
Your school-age child must have a developmental disability diagnosis to qualify for the F.A.C.T. Educational Advocacy Program. If you suspect your child has an issue, our Advocates can help you work with the school to determine if your child qualifies for special education services.
The first meeting is always free. But if it takes more than our initial talk to solve your problem, if you live in Saint Charles County or Warren County, and your child is eligible, there is no fee for services. We also serve families in Franklin, and Lincoln Counties for a fee.
If you have a problem paying the fee, we have generous payment plans and scholarships.