Special Education Advocacy Experience

Special Education Advocacy Training SEAT Trained Professional Advocate

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. COPAA
- (8 months) Walnut Creek, CA

Completed intensive year long training course for Special Education Advocacy.


Community Alliance for Special Education CASE
- (7 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Attended staff meetings involving file reviews of potential cases. Reviewed assessments (school district and independent), IEPs, and other reports (medical, teacher reports, report cards, etc.). Discussed procedural compliance violations and merit recommendations. Discussed whether case would be acceptable or not for representation by CASE. Discussed necessary action and next steps on case by case basis.

Continuing Education


March 2015 - Attended Annual COPAA Conference
Attended Break Out sessions; Civil Rights, Understanding Assessments, Advocacy Skills, Navigating the Special Education Maze and IEEs

- (2 months)

Attended Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training with Peter W. D. Wright, Esq.
Attended NDBIDA lecture on Special Education Rights & Responsibilities given by Joseph Feldman, Executive Director of CASE.

CAPSO Co-chair

Charles Armstrong SchoolCharles Armstrong School
- (2 years 1 month) Belmont, CA

Charles Armstrong School is an independent, private school for children with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, empowering them to thrive as learners in school and life.
Co-chair Charles Armstrong School Parent School Organization.
Board Member, Charles Armstrong School 2011-2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution

- (1 year 4 months)

Experience with public school Individualized Education Programs IEPs, reinstatement of IEPs, placement decisions, procedural safeguards, resolution sessions and mediation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

- (1 year 3 months)

January 2004 was denied speech therapy services for my son through Kaiser Permanente determining it was not medically necessary.
Appealed the denial and participated in a Kaiser Board of Review.
Successfully resolved my case with Kaiser reversing their decision.
Received speech therapy services until February 2006 when my son was discharged from medically necessary services.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

- (2 years 10 months) Walnut Creek, CA

February 2002 was denied Speech Therapy services for my son through PacifiCare/John Muir Medical Center determining it was not medically necessary.
June 2002 appealed denial through the Department of Managed Health Care, government office.
Requested an Independent Medical Review. Supplied the DMHC organization with all documentation necessary for review of the case. The DMHC overturned the decision for authorization and coverage of speech therapy services. Received speech therapy services through PacifiCare, JMMC and Hill Physicians Medical Group.



Susan Horning Advocacy, Walnut Creek, California - Ph. 925-938-7312 -  Susan@SusanHorningAdvocacy.com

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