National
    Special Education
    Advocacy Institute


          A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ADVOCATES


                                               OFFERING:
     Board Certified Education Advocate Training (BCEAT™)
                                         FOR ADVOCATES

    National Special Education Advocacy Training
(NSEAT )
                                            FOR PARENTS

        Class Attendance
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NSEAI’s mission is to improve the quality and professionalism in the field of education advocacy, by encouraging the development of highly educated and knowledgeable advocates through the NSEAI, Board Certified  Education Advocate™, program. 

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    WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE!


     THE

 NATIONAL

  SPECIAL

EDUCATION

ADVOCACY

 INSTITUTE

Dedicated to improving the quality of life TODAY 
for individuals and families affected by disabilities.

 The National Special Education Advocacy Institute was established in 2008 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by education advocates and consumers of education advocacy services. The NSEAI’s mission was to develop, promote, and implement a national board certification program for education advocate practitioners and to improve the minimum standards of education for professional education advocates. This was accomplished when NSEAI established the first standardized fund of knowledge content standards, practice standards, and a criteria for their credentialing process to meet accepted standards for a national certification program, best practice standards and ethical standards of the education advocate profession. The National Special Education Advocacy Institute adheres to the national standards for boards that grant professional credentials, as a Board Certified Education Advocate, BCEA.

The NSEAI’s BCEA program is based on the successful Education Advocate Program developed by one of NSEAI’s founders in 2000 thru 2004. It has been updated every year since, it was first presented, in 2008,  as a coordinated series leading to Board Certification. Other established programs do not offer certificants credentialing nor have they assumed the responsibilities of a certifying national professional association, as NSEAI has. The NSEAI looks forward to providing the BCEA curriculum in universities across the country and offering testing through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, in Washington, DC.

The National Special Educational Advocacy Institute  (NSEAI) was founded in collaboration with well trained professional education advocates from varied educational backgrounds, who where distressed to see families get the wrong information from misinformed education advocates, educators and lawyers, about IEP development.  There were no minimum standards for the profession’s core fund of knowledge /education required for the profession of education advocacy, no defined skill sets, and the level of professionalism varied widely in the field, from parent buddies to true professionals. NSEAI expanded their trainings to promote the profession of education advocacy by: 

•     establishing a national standard and formal qualifications for educational advocacy board
      certification
 
•     providing the unique extended cross training and technical skill training required for
      education advocates 
 
•     serving a self regulatory body for the profession of education advocacy  

•     defining the unique specialized set of technical skills that set Education Advocacy apart from
      other professions. and  

•     defining services that are in the public interest of and result in positive outcomes for clients. 

 

ESTABLISHING THE PROFESSION OF EDUCATION ADVOCACY


Currently Education Advocacy is an unregulated and unlicensed practice. The development of a true homogeneous (just education advocates) self regulating association body, with defined technical skill sets and board certification are the steps PRIOR to establishing a regulated and licensed profession. This process has, most recently, been followed by the professions of Massage Therapy and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The steps to move from being a trade, occupation or what is referred to as “semi-profession” (a profession oppression by other professions), to becoming a stand alone profession are being followed by NSEAI. These steps include: 

•     Having a body of people engaged in a calling  

•     Having clients not customers   (contract arrangements and not just consumers)

•     Provide local then national training programs  

•     Provide local and then national association  

•     Distinguishing the profession and creating autonomy from other professions based on
      specific skill sets and tasks

•     Having a National Association with a regulatory body for its homogeneous members (one
      profession - just education advocates), that self regulate   

•     Developing a formal set of voluntary qualifications based on education, apprenticeship
      and examinations through an association’s board certification program, and  

•     Provide a code of ethics and practice guidelines/act. 

Then the association may petition for licensing and regulatory laws, as other professions have recently done. This licensing requires legislation and is NOT required to be a profession. 


WE WERE THE FIRST NATIONALLY

We were the first organization nationally, to take seriously the profession of education advocacy, and offer a board certification program in Education Advocacy, with a BCEA designation.

We were the first, in 2008, to develop, adopt, and publish an Education Advocacy Practice Act, guidelines and standards, that addresses the ethics in Education Advocacy private practice.

We were the first to provide training, of this caliber, 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.

We were the first nationally to require extensive continuing education for advocates, promoting quality improvement within the required core base of advocacy knowledge.  

We were the first to provide an extensive cross training in special education, including the best practices in education, behavior management, legal and clinical aspects of this broad field. This training was designed, not only to address the legal aspects of special education law and its application, but also to develop professional advocacy skills and a broad multidisciplinary knowledge base necessary to effectively and collaboratively advocate to:  

     •  Develop IEPs that are effective in getting adequate progress in students skills
     •  Develop IEPs that are educationally beneficial AND legally sufficient
     •  Promote least restrictive environment placement
     •  Promote the use of appropriate evaluation tools to identify educational needs
     •  Develop truly individualized educational plans and programming
     •  Facilitate inclusion of students with special education needs with their peers
     •  Reduce individual and system barriers to a FAPE for students
     •  Promote effective communication and IEP facilitation skills
     •  Promote the use of early transition goal development and post secondary goals
     •  Promote ethical and responsible education advocacy practices
     •  Understand the social, emotional, legal and financial impact of special education
         on families and students and the appropriate use of community based services
     •  Improve networking and marketability of the professional advocate

SOME OF OUR MANY NSEAI VOLUNTEER / MEMBERS AT A TRAINING






ADVISORY BOARD


52 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN OUR LAST MEETING.
THEY ARRIVED FROM COAST TO COAST TO PARTICIPATE.
They included community agency executives, clinicians, educators, lawyers,
professional advocates, parents, college instructors and self advocates.



NSEAI PROVIDES A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM:

National Special Education Advocacy Training Program™ (NSEAT™) is a series of
12 stand alone courses that may be taken individually or as a series.

When combined with examinations and practicum, the Board Certified Education Advocate Training™ (BCEAT™) leads to National Board Certification designation as an Board Certified Education Advocate™, BCEA™


2013-14 - Training

PA CLEs - Continuing Legal Educatation Units
(72 PA CLE Credit Hours) (66S and 6E) (6 PA CLEs per Course)
CLEs are not available via webinar

Act 48 credits from the PA Dept. of Education are offered 6.0 hours per course.
Act 48 credit are not available via webinar.

Academic institutions may accept 1.65 quarter credit transfer hours, per course,
or a no-credit / non-certification grade per course.

ATTENDEES:

Attendees come from a broad base of backgrounds:

   •  Parents
   •  Professional Education Advocates
   •  Professional Educational Consultants
   •  Grandparents
   •  Caretakers (of those with special needs)
   •  Lawyers
   •  Behavior Specialists
   •  BCBAs
   •  Psychologists
   •  Occupational Therapists
   •  Speech and Language Therapists
   •  School Nurses
   •  School Board Members
   •  Teachers of:
        Special Education
        the Visually Impaired
        the Deaf
   •  Physical Therapists
   •  School Principals
   •  Social Workers
   •  State, Local and National Advocacy
       Agency Representatives
   •  State and National Representatives
   •  College Professors
       in fields related to Special Education
   •  Graduate and Undergraduate Students
       in the Fields of Special Education
   •  COPAA SEAT Attendees
   •  Wright's Law Seminar Attendees
                                                                                          •  Community Based Service Providers

OFFICES AND RESOURCE LIBRARY




The National Special Education Advocacy Institute was pleased to announce the opening of its new offices and extensive resource library at 3625 Chapel Road Newtown Square, Pa. 19073, which opened December 2013. From its inception, the NSEAI has sought to provide access to expertise, training, and resources for all those in the special education field ( parents, special education advocates, schools, behavioral specialists, related service clinicians, and special education lawyers). Our new facility is a major step towards achieving that goal. The resource library contains over 1000 professional volumes and resources, valued at more than $25,000, covering a wide range of educationally based services and topics. Many of the books are from specialty publishers who normally sell only to restricted-access professional libraries, and therefore not easily available to the public. The core collection, of over 900 volumes and resources, is on generous extended loan from the personal library of NSEAI Clinical Director Marie Lewis. The remainder have been specially purchased by the NSEAI, which will continue to expand the collection. Parents, advocates and clinical professionals and lawyers from the special education field may consult these resources on site by appointment or during trainings.  

These resources include information on special education, information related to student disabilities and the topics below to name just a few:  

Applied Behavioral Analysis  
ADA
Adaptive Physical Education
ADHD
Activities of Daily Living
Advocacy
Alternative
Augmentative Communication
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Schools
Anxiety Disorders and the Classroom
Apraxia Articulation
Assistive Technology
Athletics and Disabilities
Audiology
Autism and the LRE
Autism Case Management
Autism Methodology
Autism Research
Autism Specific Programming
Bipolar Disorder
Cerebral Palsy
Charter Schools
Common Core Curriculum
Compensatory Education
Compliance Issues
Conduct Disorder
Confidentiality of Student Records 
DIR
Disability-Based Bullying
Disciplining Students with Disabilities
Down Syndrome
Dyslexia
Early Intervention
Educationally Based Assessments
Educationally Based Evaluation
Electronic Education Records
English Language Learners With Disabilities
Evaluations and Testing
Evidence-Based Education
Executive Functioning and Accommodations
Expressive Language
Expulsion
Extended School Year
Extracurricular Activities and Disabilities
Facilitated Communication
FBAs and BIPs
FERPA
Fine Motor Skills
Fragile X
Functional Independent Skills
Functional Vision Evaluations
Graduation Requirements
Gross Motor Skills
Harassment
Hearing and Visual Impairment Accommodations
Highly Qualified Teacher
Home Based Instructions
Home Programming
Homebound Programming
IDEA and Parental Rights
Identifying Student Needs
IEP Preparation
Independent Educational Evaluations
Intellectual Disability
Juvenile Delinquency
Least Restrictive Environments
Manifestation Determination
Mental Health Disorders and Accommodations
Multiple Disabilities
Neuropsychological Evaluations
No Child Left Behind
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Occupational Therapy Evaluations
Occupational Therapy Interventions
One On One Aides
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Orientation And Mobility
Other Health Impairment
Paraprofessionals
Patterns of Disciplinary Removal
Physical Disabilities
Physical Therapy
Positive Behavioral Interventions
Positive Behavioral Support Plans
Postsecondary Transition Services
Pragmatic Language
Private School Placement
RDI
Reading Disorders
Receptive Language
Related Services
Research Based Interventions
Residential Placements
Response to Intervention - RTI
Restraint and Seclusion
SCERTS
School Counseling
School Psychology
School Psychology and RTI
School Safety Section 504/ 504 Plans
Sensory Regulation and Integration
Service Animals in the Schools
Short-Term Suspensions
Social Awareness
Social Cognition/ Thinking
Social Communication
Social Engagement
Social Skills
Specially Designed Instruction
Specific Learning Disorders (math reading & writing)
Speech and Language Evaluations
Speech and Language Pathology
Students with Medical Needs
Supplemental Aids and Services
Systems Advocacy
Tourette Syndrome
Transition Planning
Transportation
Traumatic Brain Injury
Truancy
Vocational Education
Vocational Rehabilitation



                   OUR GOAL IS TO PROMOTE AND IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES
                                        ACROSS ALL DOMAINS AND SETTINGS,
                             THROUGH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY.