Attention parents who dread IEP meetings & want to do the best for their kids!

Finally, you'll never be alone again when advocating for your child, introducing the Parent Advocate Trailblazers membership community!

Do you find yourself being so overwhelmed and you don’t know what to say when you hear something that doesn’t make sense at IEP meetings?

Are you tired of the arguing and just want to cut to the chase so your child gets help?

What if, instead of being alone, overwhelmed and isolated, you could have the support of a professional advocate and other parents who are blazing trails for their child and yours?

Do you wish you could connect with another parent who has been there, that also knows the inside of how schools work, is a professional advocate and can really help?

I remember those days when our son Dylan was young and what we wanted for him wasn't what the district was offering.  My husband and I were both special education teachers and yet we still needed help figuring out how we could make sure Dylan got what he needed.  I was surprised how we were treated and kept thinking...if this is how they treat us, how do they treat other parents...

I knew when I retired from teaching I would still want to help parents understand the special education system and learn how to advocate even more effectively for their children.  I've been doing this with my advocacy business by working individually with parents, speaking at conferences, my live Facebook shows, and now creating this wonderful community of parents Parent Advocate Trailblazers.

Would you love to have a one-stop place to get trusted advice, have monthly video trainings you can participate in, and access your own Advocacy Resource Library 24/7 so that your advocacy skills and your confidence grows?

If so, I’d love you to join our Parent Advocate Trailblazer membership community!

We use a closed Facebook group as our safe place to vent, ask for ideas, share experiences, celebrate our successes, and a place for our trainings and your advocate resource library.  This is not your ordinary Facebook group. We make differences together, each day!

There's daily support whether you need some cheering on, specific ideas to help your child, and/or answers about what different special education regulations mean.  As you learn more, you can do more.


Here’s what you’ll get as a member of this elite group…

Live Video Trainings Every Month Just For Our Membership Community:

You and I will connect on monthly live videos with your fellow parent members. And yes, you’ll have 24/7 access to the replays of the training videos.  During the monthly videos, we’ll be getting these things done:

*   Increasing Effective Advocacy Skills

Uncovering advocacy tactics that work, learning more about the ins and outs of the special education process and resolving concerns before they become big issues and roadblocks. You'll be learning the science of advocacy, the nitty gritty details, and the Art of Advocacy, the communication, problem solving, and relationship parts. 

*   Building Your Own Advocacy Resource Library

The minute you join you can download done-for-you letter templates.  Instead of wondering what you need to say in letters, you have access to samples I've done for you.  If you don't see what you need, let me know and it will be written for you.

Your Resource Library also has Letters of Guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs.  These are terrific to use when making the point that what you're asking for is aligned to what the federal Department of Education is expecting from schools.

I've developed handy dandy checklists for keeping track of which educational records you've received, what to include in your parent input at IEP meetings, to keep track of the district's response to requests, and much more.

All materials in your Advocacy Resource Library are organized, have already been vetted, and been proven to work and get results. 

*   Building A Community Of Parent Advocates

It doesn’t matter if you child is just starting to receive special education services, or if he/she is beginning to transition to high school

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to go to your first IEP meeting, or you have been to more than you want to remember…I’ve got your back and want to help you.

You'll have support from other trailblazers in our community, walking beside you.  This is a place we can learn with and from each other.

Would you like to have the power of many parents beside you?

Would you like to know positive strategies they’ve used?

Have them cheering you on?

Knowing what works and doesn’t work?

Good.  You’re in the right place.

But we’re just getting started.

You also get…

Daily Support Delivered Right In Our Private Membership Community

This is where you can jump in and ask that question that has been bugging you for awhile, or one that just popped into your brain and get answers!

I’m deliberately taking the extra effort to be in our Membership Community at least once per day because I know you’ll get more out of it when you can count on access to a professional advocate every day.

But that’s not all…your fellow parents will also be in there sharing their experiences and expertise they have.

And to tie it all together, you’re also getting…

Live Monthly Strategy/Q & A Sessions!

In order to make sure you can use these advocacy tactics, tools and support – implement what you learn – and see results, I’m also giving you time where I personally show you how to use everything I’ve given you so you can take specific action steps.

During the strategy/Q & A sessions we can role play asking for new services for your child, answer your specific questions about YOUR child, and so much more.

The bottom line is this: I’m not just telling you what to do.  I’m personally showing you how you can do it.

And the reason why is because this will get you the results you want even faster…and that’s what this Membership Community is all about – getting your child the education they deserve.

The help and interaction you receive in one month could easily be worth more than $500.00 of my one-on-one services.

Imagine never walking into a meeting unprepared again.

Imagine feeling that you know exactly what to say at every moment to be the best advocate for your child.

Imagine feeling like you know just as much or more, than the people you're going up against and that you are intimately prepared for this meeting and to get the best results for your kid.

Imagine having someplace to turn to with your questions no matter when, no matter what comes up, and no matter when you have your questions. You have someplace to go to get answers.

Imagine having some free time when you don't have to think about school and meetings!

So go ahead and become a member today.  You’ll be wishing you could have done this years ago!

I look forward to seeing you in our Membership Community.  Let’s start making sure your child is happier and learning more each day with their friends!

See you soon,

Charmaine Thaner, M.A.

P.S. There's no obligation to continue your membership.  No questions asked and we'll remain friends. 

P.S.S. I'm not an attorney and can't give you any legal advice. 

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What other parents are saying about working with Charmaine:

"Our family is often reminded of what Charmaine has done for us. A year ago we were in a terrible place finding out that my son had been severely mistreated and neglected at school. We were lost- and had no idea what to do for him or where to place him. 


Charmaine came to our rescue and helped us find Jaxson a school that truly supports his needs. We had no idea where to begin to help him. She plowed right through all of what had happened and knew just what needed to be done.

The school district seemed to genuinely listen to her and provided us what we needed after what happened. She did not miss a step in the process and her vast knowledge helped facilitate the district to meet our needs.

We continue to call her when we have any IEP changes, or needs that come up because she takes the stress out of the meetings. It has been invaluable to work with her and recommend her services to anyone with any kind of related needs!!"

  Jessica T.

 

"Before I started working with Charmaine, the IEP document completely overwhelmed me, and I felt that I wasn’t an equal member at the table in the IEP meetings. I didn’t see how I could affect real change.

Charmaine taught me how to dissect the IEP into manageable components and has been invaluable as an advocate with a school system that still works to exclude kids with special needs from a mainstream education.

She has helped me understand my children's rights and how to help create a strengths based IEP. Through her help, I am becoming more clear and confident as an advocate for my children."

 Kristi R.

 

Compassion, Experience, Knowledge, Support and Results are all things that come to mind when I think of Charmaine Thaner.

 

Maneuvering Special Education can be hard as a parent. Charmaine with her quick wit, compassion and many faceted understanding of the process can help parents receive the confidence and knowledge they need to better advocate for their children long after she has provided the results of advocating for your child. Collaborative results that work for you, your child, and the school.

 

I have had to the opportunity to work with Charmaine when I came to her confused, upset and felt defeated. I did not know how to help my child. Through her ability to train me as a parent and advocate for my daughter, I no longer leave an IEP Meeting in tears feeling like I have not had the opportunity to have my say. I can now confidently speak, research, and advocate in a more positive and collaborative way.

 

Hiring Charmaine has been a blessing to us. I look forward to gaining more knowledge and continuing to advocate for my daughter with Charmaine’s continued guidance. Thank you Charmaine for inspiring change in our schools so our children will be happy, successful, and learning!

  Laura A.

 

 

 



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