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About this expert
Mary believes in using advocacy to help parents of children with special needs. Prompted by experiences with her son, Mary started blogging about advocacy and special needs issues several years ago. Through Advocacy in Action, she runs workshops to train parents in practical advocacy skills and also assists clients who have issues relating to their child with special needs.
Mary has extensive advocacy experience having worked as an attorney in Boston for ten years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and Politics and Government and a Juris Doctorate. In addition, she has certificates in Disability Advocacy and Working with Children with Special Educational Needs.
Writing about special needs, disability and health issues on her blog, Mary also addresses special needs and disability issues on local and national radio. In addition, she co-presented a workshop on advocacy at an international autism conference.
Mary is active in the special needs and disability communities. She is a parents’ representative for the Special Needs Parent Association and is actively involved with local and national disability groups. Mary also represents parents on an HSE committee for oversight of an autism service.
Visit www.advocacyinaction.net for more information.
Articles by this expert
- How to prepare your child with special needs for the summer holidays
- Three reasons parents need to become experts on their children’s special needs
- Summer holidays: Time to find out what worked for your special needs child
- 3 ways special needs parents can improve the start of the new school year
- An overview of Individual Education Plans in Ireland
- What to do when your child is struggling in school
- Six tips to organise your child with special needs
- Special needs parents: Tips for productive parent-teacher meetings
- 6 New Year’s Resolutions for special needs parents
- 4 steps to help your special needs child transition to secondary school
- Special needs parents - Are you making these 4 mistakes?
- Exam accommodations: Why early planning is vital for children with special needs
- 10 things special needs parents want teachers to know
- 5 things to do when your child receives an autism diagnosis
- 5 websites special needs parents should know about
- 5 back-to-school tips for your children with special needs
- Autism, teens and sex education
- How to create an inclusive classroom for all primary school students
- How assistive technology helps children with writing difficulties
- 8 homework tips for special needs parents
- Your child’s IEP: Have you considered these 3 important factors?
- Preparing special needs children for life after secondary school
- Tips for students with special needs getting ready for secondary school