Don't IEP Alone.

By Lisa Lightner

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I attend IEP meetings for a living and you just can't compete with that level of crazy.

Warning: I've been told I have a Philly accent. I don't hear it. Also, I curse. It's something I'm working on as far as personal development. So please don't be put off. I'm trying.

Inspired by her own son with disabilities, Lisa Lightner is an award-winning blogger and advocate. She has previously worked for her county's Arc and has served on the Boards of Directors for several disability organizations. 

Currently, she is her county's chairperson for the Right to Education Task Force, a federally decreed group set up in 1971 to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania had the opportunity to an education. 

When not attending IEP meetings with families or lobbying in Harrisburg and DC for disability rights, she can be found on the web at her IEP advice blog, A Day in our Shoes. She is known for her practical, realistic and implementable advice for parents.

Episode Date
The Importance of Being Proactive in Your Child's IEP Process This Summer
May 07, 2024
IEP Process Flowchart: Understanding Timelines and Effective Advocacy Strategies
Apr 30, 2024
Red Flags in IEP and 504 Plans
Apr 23, 2024
Autism Awareness: A Parent's Journey and Advocacy Efforts for Their Child's Needs
Apr 18, 2024
Managing Challenging Behaviors in Kids: Tips for Parents and Educators
Apr 16, 2024
Apr 09, 2024
Things to Know About FAPE
Apr 02, 2024
What is an IEP?
Mar 26, 2024
School Field Trips: Advocacy Tips for Challenging Exclusions Based on Disability
Feb 28, 2024
How to Organize your IEP Work
Feb 22, 2024
The Power of Words: Dyslexia Writing Solutions with Russell Van Brocklen
Feb 20, 2024
Supporting Your Child's Education: Navigating Regression in Challenging Times
Feb 15, 2024
Understanding & Supporting Kids with ADHD: A Pediatric Neurologist's Insights w/ Dr. Sarah Cheyette
Feb 13, 2024
The Role of Executive Functioning in Learning: Unveiling Strategies with Tera Sumpter, SLP
Feb 08, 2024
Supporting Families with Disabilities with Julie Walters
Feb 06, 2024
Empowering Young Entrepreneurs: Rachel Solomon's Success Story
Jan 30, 2024
Empowering Parents: Understanding IEPs and Securing Support for Disabled Children with Kelley Coleman Part 2
Jan 25, 2024
Three Essential IEP Tasks for Parents Right Now
Jan 23, 2024
Empowering Parents: Understanding IEPs and Securing Support for Disabled Children with Kelley Coleman Part 1
Jan 23, 2024
The Power of Connection: Supporting Children with Social and Emotional Needs with Maria Slavin Part 2
Jan 18, 2024
The Power of Connection: Supporting Children with Social and Emotional Needs with Maria Slavin Part 1
Jan 16, 2024
Chasing the Intact Mind with Dr. Amy S.F. Lutz
Jan 09, 2024
12 Tips for Special Education Parent-Teacher Conferences
Dec 19, 2023
Chatting with Nicole Santiago from Family ADDventures
Dec 07, 2023
Dec 05, 2023
Parents are the IEP Police
Nov 30, 2023
Social Skills
Nov 28, 2023
No Meet Addendum
Nov 21, 2023
Let's Talk About Behavior (Part 2)
Nov 16, 2023
Let's Talk About Behavior (Part 1)
Nov 15, 2023
Understanding IEEs: Part 4-What You Need to Know About Requesting an Independent Education Evaluation
Nov 08, 2023
Bonus Episode: IEP Goal Banks and Parent-Teacher Conferences with an IEP
Nov 01, 2023
The Wait Time: What to Expect During IEP Evaluations - Part 3
Nov 01, 2023
Navigating the IEP Evaluation Process: Part 2 - Permission to Evaluate Form Explained
Oct 25, 2023
Understanding the IEP Evaluation Process: Part 1
Oct 18, 2023
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): A Closer Look with Dr. Jessica Myszak
Oct 11, 2023
Finding Practical Solutions for Disabled Professionals: A Discussion with Ariadne Wolf
Oct 11, 2023
Uncovering the Hidden Link: How Speech and Language Disorders Connect to Juvenile Confinement with Dr. Shameka Stewart, Juvenile Forensic SLP
Oct 04, 2023
Nurturing Executive Functioning Skills: A Deep Dive with Tera Sumpter, SLP
Sep 28, 2023
Conversations with Child Psychologist Elliott Jaffa: Navigating Teen Behavior and Building People Skills
Sep 27, 2023
Breaking Down Barriers: Janice Lloyd Discusses Remediation and Support for Dyslexic Students
Sep 20, 2023
The Impact of Socialization in the Digital Age: FaceTime vs. In-Person Interaction, Dr. Stephanie Fields
Sep 13, 2023
We're back with Back to School Tips for 2023
Sep 06, 2023
IEPs in the Post Covid Era
Mar 08, 2022
Living with ADHD with Dr. Sarah Cheyette, Pediatric Neurologist
Jun 04, 2020
Talking with Kids about Race
Jun 03, 2020
OT Skills and Distance Learning
Jun 02, 2020
Attorney-Advocate chat about Distance Learning and IEPs
Jun 01, 2020
Q&A about Distance Learning with an IEP
May 29, 2020
Understanding PWN
Apr 23, 2020
Working on Social Skills at Home
Apr 22, 2020
PWNs, Assessments and FAPE during school shutdown
Apr 20, 2020
Unpopular Opinions-I'm not expecting FAPE.
Mar 16, 2020
Attorney-Advocate Chat, Part 2
Mar 05, 2020
Attorney Advocate Chat with Steve Jacobson
Mar 04, 2020
The Brain Recovery Project
Mar 03, 2020
Parents are the IEP Police
Feb 13, 2020
I'll be the wet blanket
Feb 11, 2020
Talking about the Good Things in Life
Feb 06, 2020
Part 2 of Advocate Chat with Jackie Waldie
Feb 04, 2020
Advocate Chat with Jackie Waldie
Jan 30, 2020
Top College Consultants, Part 2
Jan 28, 2020
Interview with Eric Endlich, Ph.D.
Jan 23, 2020
IEP Data Collection
Jan 21, 2020
Special Education Advocate Chat, Volume 1
Jan 16, 2020
Should your child attend the IEP meeting? At what age?
Jan 14, 2020
How to Write IEP Goals (and who writes them?)
Jan 09, 2020
How many IEP meetings is too many?
Nov 21, 2019
More talk about Grades and IEPs
Nov 19, 2019
Disability and Placement
Nov 14, 2019
Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov 12, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
"Respect my authoritah!"
Nov 05, 2019
How to get something added to an IEP
Oct 31, 2019
Senate Education Committee hearing testimony
Oct 29, 2019
Advocate-Attorney Chat with Jennifer Price, part 2.
Oct 24, 2019
Advocate-Attorney Chat with Jennifer Price
Oct 22, 2019
Listener Question from Washington State
Oct 17, 2019
You're standing too close to the elephant.
Oct 15, 2019
Hello to Tricia in Florida
Oct 10, 2019
FERPA questions
Oct 08, 2019
State regs vs IDEA
Oct 03, 2019
IEPs and Aides/Paraprofessional
Oct 01, 2019
The Educational World is different.
Sep 24, 2019
Son Refusing Services
Sep 18, 2019
Participating in the Evaluation process
Sep 17, 2019
How can I be a better advocate?
Sep 12, 2019
My child is 15 and cannot read.
Sep 10, 2019
Dear Desperate Southwest Mom
Sep 05, 2019
You won't believe why I was gone all summer :/
Sep 04, 2019
Ask an Advocate- IEP or RTI
Jul 24, 2019
Ask An Advocate-Presume Competence
Jul 22, 2019
What's New? I'm back with some changes!
Jul 17, 2019
Parts of the IEP: Wrapup
Jun 26, 2019
Location, location, location
Jun 24, 2019
Disability Classification on the IEP
Jun 19, 2019
IEP Special Education Placement
Jun 17, 2019
Jun 12, 2019
Related Services
Jun 10, 2019
SDIs on your IEP
Jun 05, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Goals and Objectives
Jun 03, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: State and Local Assessments
May 29, 2019
"Meet them where they're at"
May 28, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Transition
May 22, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Present Levels
May 20, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Special Considerations/ Special Factors
May 17, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Procedural Safeguards and Medicaid sheet
May 15, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Attendance Sheet
May 13, 2019
The Parts of the IEP: Cover Page
May 10, 2019
Truancy and your IEP
May 08, 2019
Can I 'walk' if not graduating?
May 06, 2019
Travel Tips when your child has disabilities.
May 03, 2019
Where can I find a Special Education Advocate?
May 01, 2019
Reading Programs
Apr 29, 2019
IEP Meeting Q&A
Apr 26, 2019
Llama llama so much drama
Apr 24, 2019
Parents need to fully engage in the IEP process.
Apr 24, 2019
IEP Related Services
Apr 22, 2019
Special Factors in the IEP
Apr 19, 2019
IEP Transition-Part 2
Apr 17, 2019
IEP Transition-Part 1
Apr 15, 2019
Manifestation Determination Hearings
Apr 12, 2019
IEPs and Discipline, Suspensions.
Apr 10, 2019
Medical Records and the IEP
Apr 08, 2019
Gawd I hate April.
Apr 05, 2019
You'd know if your child was having seizures, right? Maybe not!
Apr 04, 2019
IEE-Independent Education Evaluations
Apr 03, 2019
It's no joke, sometimes kids with disabilities are excluded from field trips.
Apr 01, 2019
Stop calling me to come pick up my kid.
Mar 29, 2019
A 13th and 14th year?
Mar 27, 2019
Our Insurance Appeals and Drama
Mar 25, 2019
Should you hire an IEP Advocate?
Mar 22, 2019
Getting your IEP team to YES
Mar 20, 2019
PWN-If you don't know it, you should!
Mar 18, 2019
Parents' Right-Procedural Safeguards
Mar 15, 2019
Can I ask for "this" on my IEP?
Mar 13, 2019
Actually, it is brain surgery.
Mar 12, 2019
How to Not Cry at your IEP Meeting
Mar 11, 2019
Stressed out about IEP meetings? Let's change that.
Mar 08, 2019
Who can I bring to my IEP Meeting?
Mar 06, 2019
"What's the one piece of advice you have?"
Mar 04, 2019
The Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP
Mar 01, 2019
Why did they do that?
Feb 27, 2019
ESY-Extended School Year and IEPs
Feb 25, 2019
The Emotional Disturbance Classification
Feb 22, 2019
504s are being overused.
Feb 21, 2019
Can I uninvite someone from my IEP meeting?
Feb 21, 2019
Don't IEP Alone
Feb 21, 2019
What's the Most Imporant Part of the IEP?
Feb 21, 2019