For many years, I watched helplessly, as my child struggled to be understood. He is a very intelligent, high functioning boy who could not verbally define his discomfort or express his frustration appropriately. Although I had requested an evaluation in elementary school, it did not seem to be adequate and the middle school requested a re-evaluation. Unfortunately, the district’s second evaluation did not provide any further insight and in fact, built upon the prior misdiagnosis, further hindering my son’s ability to succeed. I was determined to prevent this and to have my son receive the correct classification with accommodations, modifications and actual goals that were appropriate but I did not know how to proceed. I wasn’t sure what I was legally entitled to or even how to phrase my request. I had heard from several other parents that Shawne would be able to advise me. I was overwhelmed by emotion and the task before me seemed impossible: Shawne broke it down and made it manageable.
Shawne's knowledge of special education laws, understanding of special needs children and compassion as a fellow parent were invaluable. Her experience and familiarity with the district was an added bonus. She listened carefully, read everything and asked questions that made me focus on moving forward. Shawne not only helped me write a letter that was concise, objective and effective, but also walked me through the process step-by-step, so that I would know what to expect and how to respond. She helped me keep my conversations with the district factual and productive, something that I had great difficulty doing on my own. Shawne was my support system, my sounding board, my voice of reason. I tell everyone, that it is because of her guidance that I was able to have my son evaluated independently, in order to have the correct diagnosis on his IEP. While he still faces challenges, they are now met with a better understanding of how we can support him and clear goals for him to work towards. This has made a tremendous difference in all of our lives, but especially in how my son feels about himself. He is now beginning to advocate for himself! M.M., Huntington
I reached out to Albero Advocacy to help me prepare for an IEP meeting. I needed assistance interpreting and prioritizing support materials, proposing goals and objectives, and providing/rehearsing strategies for the meeting.
What I found most helpful was Ms. Albero’s working knowledge of State and Federal laws pertaining to children with special needs, and her ability to clearly inform parent/guardians of their rights. If need arises, she can research a specific issue or case that is pertinent to a child’s education program.
I would recommend Albero Advocacy. Ms. Albero represents the best interest of the student in the educational process. She can suggest appropriate services, programs and accommodations/modifications to meet the student’s individual needs.
I sought help because the services that my son was getting were not working and he needed something more. I did not know enough about how everything worked to know what my son really needed. I had seen Shawne at PTA events and she has always shown herself to be extremely knowledgeable about all things education. She was so eloquent it was a no brainer to ask for her assistance when it came to my son.
The most helpful part of the our communications with Shawne was ….well all of it. She initially talked me through what would happen with the testing. This was exactly what I needed, knowing what it all meant when it seems like it is in another language. Then during our meeting, she helped us understand the results, what they meant for our son and what we could ask for and what the options were. It was SO helpful going into the meeting for the first time, feeling like we knew what might happen or at least what the options meant.
I recommended Shawne to a friend who sounded like she could use a knowledgeable friend on her side to help navigate the anxiety provoking and overwhelming special education system.
M.R., East Northport
I felt that after seven years of AIS and no significant success, I wanted to pull my child out.
Being on the honor roll for five consecutive semesters and having a private tutor was enough. As an educator, I am familiar with district
RTI plans, and steps to follow to exit AIS. My child didn't quite meet all of the requirements to exit AIS and the district administrators were unbending. I felt like I hit a brick wall, but was determined to keep trying.
My concern was that keeping my child in AIS was emotionally
damaging, making her feel "stupid". She had to go early in the morning
for AIS, before school, or during school and miss art, a class that she is passionate about. My goal in reaching out to Shawne was to find a way to pull my child from AIS.
The most helpful part of our conversations and meetings was
Shawne's calming, understanding nature. Shawne is honest and extremely knowledgeable about the education system and the rights of children. If she is unsure of any issue, she has a wealth of resources to find answers to any question or issue.
When anyone has any question navigating special education or
school district issues, the first name that comes to mind is Shawne
Albero! My advice to every parent is to never give up fighting for what
you believe is best for your child. Shawne Albero is brilliant, calming, and is incredibly knowledgeable about navigating a path for
your child no matter what the issue is. L.S., Northport