"The NSEAI – BCEA training is the national standard for identifying qualified special education advocates. It focuses on the core issues of educational advocacy and the need for cross training across educationally related specialties. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. I never stopped learning during the whole program! "
"Finally! a professional organization that addresses Special Education Advocacy with a focus on educational and clinical expertise vs. just a narrow legal approach to advocacy."
"This organization respects the unique contribution that Special Education Advocates bring to the table – no matter what their original training. My class included teachers, school administrators, Parents, Students, Psychologist, OTs, S/L Therapists, RN’s and Lawyers. It is rare, as a professional educator and school psychologist that I recommend a program so highly. It was a wonderful experience!"
"It is refreshing not to be considered a hand maiden to a lawyer without the rights and privileges of a paralegal. I am not here to write briefs or do legal research, quote the law and make legal decisions. My goal and NSEAI’s goal is to address a student’s broad educationally based needs and consult on the development of an effective IEP or 504 plan. After taking this training I now feel so much more prepared to do just that and assured that my client’s children will receive a Free and APPROPRIATE Public Education."
"I have taken so many seminars. Never have I taken a course of study so well formulated and broadly based so as to cross train a seasoned Special Education Advocate like myself to do my job and do it with a renewed level of excellence."
"I feel great finally being acknowledged as a BCEA. I have spent years getting training in multiple areas surrounding education and supporting those with disabilities to get a FAPE."
"The historic lack of any standards, in this industry, has allowed poorly-qualified advocates to promote themselves. NSEAI has set a new national standard now so that everyone has the same quality information allowing us to effectively advocate. Being a BCEA is my top ranked professional credential"
COMMENTS BY PROFESSIONAL ADVOCATES WHO ATTENDED NSEAI’S PROGRAM:
"YOU ARE READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL BUT IS YOUR CHILD’S IEP?
Ah, back to school time is here. If you are a parent with a child with autism, chances are back to school time is not all happy and full of celebration. We experience a different type of anticipation. Mother Nature has robbed us of typical milestone celebrations like moving on to the next year (which brings with it a huge transition time) or a new school building (new opportunities for bullying) or perhaps staying in the same building (reminding us that our child has not made significant progress). Maybe you’re sad that your child didn’t get to enjoy a full summer because they require ESY. In addition to these concerns, a new school year often brings about a whole new IEP team and whole new set of stress. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Several years ago, I participated in one of my son’s IEP meetings and I left with a bad feeling in my gut. Right around that time, I got a flyer with information to become an NSEAI Special Education Advocate. Making the decision to take that training has been life changing for our family.
The NSEAI training consists of 12 courses—you can take them all or can just take a few if specific topics interest you. My son was only three then, so we decided to invest in the entire series. The IEP process is not that scary once you understand it in detail. I’ve learned to state my concerns in language that my team responds to. I’ve learned how to get my concerns properly documented and how to pinpoint exactly what my child needs are and how to appropriately ask for his needs to be addressed.
NSEAI was the first around and in my opinion, the best. They were the first organization nationally, to take seriously the profession of education advocacy and offer a board certification program in Education Advocacy. They were the first to develop and publish an Education Advocacy Practice Act that addresses the ethics in Education Advocacy private practice. They were the first to provide training that is open to parents, community agencies, clinicians, educational advocates, lawyers and school personnel-each group learning, cooperatively, to appreciate each other’s role in providing FAPE."