Did you ever wish you had someone to sit on your side of the table? Not just a lawyer. Not just someone with first-hand experience teaching kids with disabilities. But also a passionate advocate for your child’s needs. Well, you’ve finally found me. Allison Hertog, the firm founder, is one of only a handful of lawyers in the country who has a Masters degree in Special Education.
I founded Making School Work, P.L. because I struggled throughout my school years with multiple undiagnosed learning disabilities. I was retained in second grade and my disabilities were not accommodated nor even understood until my adulthood. My parents were told early on that I would never attend college. How wrong they were.
What makes Allison and her team different is that we look at your child’s situation from an educational, emotional and legal perspective. And most importantly, we ask you what you want for him or her and then look for out-of-the-box ways to achieve it. We seek solutions that may not have been immediately apparent to yourself and your friends and family. That kind of problem-solving comes from years of personal and professional experience, and the drive to achieve in spite of where you are now.
The mission of my law firm is to help South Florida children and young adults with autism, ADHD, learning and other disabilities to 1) obtain more and better services in public school, as well as accommodations for standardized tests; 2) make the most of the hidden choices and resources available for your child; 3) navigate the process of attaining significant private school tuition funds via the McKay Scholarships for their disabled children; and 4) obtain a Flordia education savings account that parents can use for therapies, home schooling, tuition, virtual school and other costs via the PLSA program. When parents work with me they get personalized attention and a passionate advocate who does not get intimidated and will not give up on your child. A huge part of what I do is to bring the vast resources and expertise of the nation’s fourth largest school district – Miami-Dade – to the disposal of your child at special education meetings. What I try to do at every school meeting is to bring from under the rubble that part of your school administrator which got into education to help children. Sometimes people’s hearts get buried under the bureaucracy of running a school. My aim is to bring their core goodness out to help your child.
To find out more about Ms. Hertog, read the November, 2012 interview in the 2E Newsletter, a national publication for parents of twice exceptional children which won the National Parenting Publications Award. Also see reviews by former clients on Avvo.com here.