Message to Parents

October 8, 2016

Dear Parent:

I am a parent who has learning disabilities.  I know what it’s like to struggle in school without the appropriate learning support.  I was retained in second grade due to my difficulties with reading.  My teachers knew only that I was unable to learn at the same rate as my peers, but did not know that with help targeted to meet my unique needs I could excel in school.  It seems hard to believe now, given my Masters and Law degrees, but at some point in elementary school the school psychologist told my parents that I was not capable of going to college.  Having my own children now, I can imagine my parents’ heartbreak.

My learning disabilities were not understood most of my life, but I’m lucky that accommodations and lots of hard work made me who I am today.  I’ve dedicated my career to helping children like your own in school so that hopefully they won’t have to struggle as I did.   I’ve also helped high-achieving disabled students all over the country get accommodations on standardized entrance exams.

Please give me the opportunity to speak with you and explain how we can make school work for your child.  I handle each case personally.  Call me at (305) 663 -9233 or email me at Allison@MakingSchoolWork.com.

Sincerely,

AllisonHertog, Esq., M.A.

Founder, Making School Work, P.L.

14 thoughts on “Message to Parents

  1. Stephany Neve

    I was wondering if you know of a similar support system in Kentucky. I have a two children with disabilities and feel that I need to educate myself of their rights in order to protect them but, I am struggling to find the resources I need here. Please help!

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    • AllisonHertogAllisonHertog Post author

      Thanks for contacting me, Stephanie. To find a special ed advocate or attorney in your State, go to http://www.copaa.org and click on the link to Find an Attorney/Advocate. Then search in your State. COPAA is the Council for Parent Advocates and Attorneys – it’s a national organization dedicated to special ed advocacy, and I’m speaking at their conference in TX next week. They have CD recordings of all their past conferences which are a very helpful resource of information. Best of luck, Allison

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    I was wondering if you know of a similar support system in Kentucky. I have a two children with disabilities and feel that I need to educate myself of their rights in order to protect them but, I am struggling to find the resources I need here. Please help!
    +1

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    • AllisonHertogAllisonHertog Post author

      Go to http://www.copaa.org and click on the link to Find Attorney/Advocate. COPAA is a national association of special education lawyers and advocates, and has listings by State. Best of luck to you.
      Allison Hertog

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  3. john renick

    Has there been a reduction of funding in the Mackay Scholarship? I received a notice that the amount my child receives will change.Please help.
    thanks

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  4. Wendy West

    I have a 5 year old Autistic son and I am having difficulties getting accommodations for him in his ESE classroom. Even simple accommodations are being chalked up to “sorry, there is no money” even though I can’t remember hearing anything about budgets in NCLB. To make matters worse I am an ESOL instructor at this school so I have tried not to make waves for fear of loosing my job. I am over that fear now and I think because I have a working relationship with the staffing specialist at this school I should hire an advocate to help write his new IEP. My son is in Pre-K but I want to make sure when he goes to K next year he is in a mainstream classroom with a QUALIFIED teacher who can handle his few behavior issues and still give him the quality education he deserves. he is a bright child with a normal IQ and needs to be challenged in a structured and loving environment. Please let me know if you would be interested in this job. Thanks in advance for your time.

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    • AllisonHertogAllisonHertog Post author

      Dear Wendy:

      I’d be happy to speak with you about this. This is a common problem given the massive cuts to ESE services. See the article on the first page of my website. Call me at 305 663 9233.

      Allison Hertog

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  5. valerie trotter

    my child has treacherous collins sydrome she has been bullied her whole high school years very severe the school system has done nothing for one the internvention specialist was not qualified to even help a deaf student she was there only deaf studet this past fevruary 2013 she was bullied by student in the school they put a picture up of her on the website talking about her being born without ears laughing the school thought the best way to handle it they took her out of the school and put her in a ememtary shcool and kept the bullys there she is a senior her whole high school was a nightmare and i cant believe they can get away with it she hasnt been back to school yet

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  6. Yadira

    My son is diagnosed with ADD (inattentive type) which goes along with a learning disability. We live in Miami-Dade, he has an IEP and he just finished 5th grade. We’re trying to find a school that meets his needs near the South area (kendall, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay). Any suggestions?

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  7. Ralph

    Allison,
    My wife and I had our second meeting at our daughters school to go over the evaluation and request that MDCPS accept our 2nd evaluation results which specifically state that our daughter has ASD (2 Drs within 1 year). Unfortunately, once again the M-TEAM/MDCPS denied our doctors evaluation. What recourse do we have? Our dauughter is being denied her full scope of services. Please help.

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    • AllisonHertogAllisonHertog Post author

      Dear Ralph,

      I’m happy to help you. I need a little more information. I see you sent me your email and I’ll reach out to you that way.

      Best,

      Allison

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