Adina Rich has more than twenty years in education and has worked in and with a wide variety of schools and learners in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex and surrounding Texas areas. A true visionary from early on, Adina identified the need for parents to truly understand their children's learning styles and for schools to really recognize the need for individualized programming and unique solutions to issues such as curriculum and staffing. In 2003, Rich Educational Consulting was born.
For the last fifteen years, Adina Rich Consulting has been providing evaluations and consulting services for educational entities and parents.
Rich Educational Consulting Provides Special Needs Advocacy and 504/IEP Support
We review your child’s paperwork, help review programming, and offer better options. As your child’s advocate, we can work with you to be proactive or reactive, whichever the case need be, about working with the school system to create the best learning environment for your child.
Working within a school’s system can be daunting. You may feel ill-equipped to provide the support your child needs. Rich Educational Consulting can support you to get the resources your child needs to unlock his or her true potential. We attend meetings, we speak the school’s language, we understand your expectations, have helped determine what your child needs, and then we help put supports in place to ensure a fair resolution. Adina Rich has been honored for her work, earning the CCAEYC Child Advocate of the year.
Rich Educational Consulting Can Help You Become Your Child’s Very Best Advocate
Turning a frustrating school experience into a happy one is as easy as packing your backpack!
Did you know the basics of advocacy are similar to getting ready for school?
IEP, 504, or School Advocacy starts with being prepared!
Know what you want to talk about.
Outline your concerns and ask questions.
Know who to address concerns to.
Communicate concerns in writing.
Communicate clearly and be a matter of fact.
Be specific about what needs to be done.
Have your child’s paperwork handy and in order.
Have data to back up what you are asking for.
Decide on a plan of action and follow up.
Don’t give up or agree to something you are not comfortable with or is not in the best interest of your child.
Stay positive and remember that you are an expert on your child!
Feel like you need more support to be your child’s best advocate? We CAN help you.
We offer several options for advocacy, including:
CONSULTATION/COACHING – Consult and meet with you to help you organize your thoughts; coach you through possible pitfalls or hurdles you might encounter
FILE AND PROGRAM REVIEW – Review your child’s IEP, proposed IEP, or 504 service plan including accommodations, schedule of services and supplements
OBSERVATIONS AND CONSULTATION – We can observe your child in a specific setting, collaborate with you and school staff, and tailor accommodations and program recommendations
IEE – Conduct Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs); (We can also work in a multi-disciplinary team just like the school district, if called for), Refer you to other providers and community resources as necessary
ARD SUPPORT/ATTENDANCE – Attend ARD/IEP meetings or parent conferences with you and help you and the school craft an appropriate program for your child and get your concerns on record;
COMPLAINTS – We will help you file complaints at local, district, and state levels
MEDIATION – We can help prepare documents and support you through local or state facilitated mediation
TRAINING - Provide advocacy training through our Parenting GEMS advocacy class and/or utilize our perfect “MAP” System
RETAINER – Varying degrees of support – Design a comprehensive and affordable advocacy retainer program to meet your family’s unique needs – from records review to school follow up and IEP/504 consultation to email and phone support for you or you and the school to unlimited support.
YOU WOULD NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR CHILD. Well, NEITHER WOULD WE!
Q: What is advocacy? Do I really need it? I do not want the school to think of me as a troublemaker or refuse to help my child.
A: Advocacy is a way to level the playing field so to speak. We help you to define and describe how you want the program to work for your child. If you have ever been told that the school can’t or doesn’t do something, your child has as much of a program or service that is possible with his or her level of functioning, or your requests are unreasonable, we can support you. We know the law, we know assessments, we know your rights, and we know how the system should work together.
If you are having difficulty getting the school to listen to your concerns or questions about your parental rights, child’s services, programs, evaluations, or teachers, we are happy to either arrange a consultation or attend ARD meetings with you. We can help you review IEPs, work with the school, and explain to you what to expect at your IEP meeting, help your voice to be heard, and your ideas to count. We are a great alternative to lawyers and sometimes more well received by school districts. We believe in collaborative advocacy. Therefore, our goal is to see our parents as partners with the school rather than adversaries. If you are not getting what you need from the school, a knowledgeable advocate can usually get to the heart of the matter. If you are reading this page, you would probably benefit from our services. Adina Rich has been honored by the CCAEYC as the 2013 Collin County Advocate of the Year!!
Q: What makes you the best advocates for us?
A: We are truly experts at what we do. We allow you to be the parent. We provide another set of eyes and ears. We have developed a philosophy of empowering parents to advocate for their child. We have a wealth of experience in evaluation, programming, transitions, mediation, conflict resolution, coaching, and communication strategies. When you hire us, you know you will be supported through all layers of the process. We listen, we act, and we will support you through the process where your voice will be heard..
Q: My child is struggling in school but the school says my child is too young to be evaluated, and they want to wait until he is in second grade. Can they do that?
A: The short answer is No. If you suspect that your child has a disability that is keeping him from learning, you have a right to ask for your child to be evaluated under Child Find.
Q: How long does the school have to test my child and in what areas will my child be tested?
A: Federal law dictates that school has 60 calendar days to test your child and 30 days from that date to call an ARD/IEP meeting to discuss the results and to determine whether a child meets eligibility criteria as a student with a disability under state and federal guidelines. If your child does meet eligibility an Individual Education Plan must be developed including specific goals and objectives designed to remediate your child’s progress. In Texas, the school has 45 school days from the date of consent to test your child and then 30 days to call the ARD/IEP meeting to discuss the results and determine whether a child meets eligibility for services as a student with a disability under state and federal guidelines.
Q: What is inclusion and should my child have that?
A: Inclusion is time spent in a general education classroom with neurotypical, same-aged peers. The short answer is, again, yes, although there are many factors that could influence or support how inclusion looks for each child. We are going to help you advocate for the best program for YOUR child and we will discuss all of the options with you.
Q: I don’t think my child’s IEP is appropriate. Can you help with that?
Q: There are things written in my child’s IEP that aren’t being followed. Can you help with that?
A: Yes, we can. It helps if you can highlight areas of concern or provide anecdotal records or other documentation.
Q: Can you help students on 504 plans?
A: Yes, we can assist you with the development of 504 supports, teacher accommodations, learning interventions and more. We attend 504 meetings as well.
Q: Do you ever go to training or continuing education to learn about changes in special education programming and legal requirements?
A: We attend workshops and meetings regularly. All of our staff are trained annually in legal requirements, have specializations in assessment, behavior plans, disability requirements, assistive technology supports, IEP documentation, inclusion support, goal writing, and monitoring of objectives. We are also trained in best practices for bullying, restraint, positive behavior supports, discrete trial, and social skills training. We have extensive training in conflict resolution, mediation, and IEP facilitation.
Q: If we want to hire you to help us, how does that work?
A: Contact us to request a consultation. We meet with you, discuss your concerns, review paperwork, and determine the best course of action. We offer several options for our families, including hourly rates, retainer contracts, and payment plans. We can talk you and walk you through or assist you with parts of the complaint process. We also can refer you to a knowledgeable attorney if the need arises. We require a non-refundable deposit of $225.00 to be applied toward advocacy services when booking your consultation. In the event that your meeting is canceled or otherwise re-scheduled, the fee can be applied toward future meeting or consultations. Unfortunately, unless prior arrangements have been made, in the event our services are not needed, we are not able to offer cash or credit refunds.
Q: My child needs additional behavior or discipline supports, but the school says it’s not necessary. Do I have other options?
A: Absolutely! Parent input and participation are key elements of the ARD/IEP process.
Q: Do you ever conduct training and workshops for parents or teachers?
A: Yes, all the time! Check our calendar of events for more information or call or email to set us up to speak to your group today!
If your question isn’t listed, call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to help you.
The answers presented here are intended only as a guide, and may not be appropriate for all situations. If you need help with a specific situation or conflict, please contact us directly.