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About

About Melissa

I began my advocacy efforts 6 years ago when I, like many others, got the countless phone calls from school about behavior. Within the first week of first grade we were put on a behavior plan which ended up being the worst solution to the behavior concerns. Since then I have been learning about behaviors, attention disorders, how trauma influences behavior, and accommodations for learning differences. I have spent many hours working with teachers to promote positive outcomes for students. 

When my youngest was born with Down syndrome I took my advocacy to another level. I advocated in Washington on Capitol Hill for policy changes, I have worked with local agencies from the early intervention stage on up. I participated and graduated from the Texas Partners in PolicyMaking program and am a parent leader for our local Parent Training and Information Center. I have successfully completed Special Education Advocacy Training provided by the Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates. I completed coursework from Down Syndrome International, have attended conferences on Learning Disabilities and am a member of the Learning Disability Association of America. I am passionate about disability rights and education, and while I have over 250 hours of training, I am constantly working to advance my knowledge and skills. 

I opened DFW Advocacy after learning that several of my friends left their meetings not understanding their child’s goals, feeling defeated, feeling like no one understands their child, or crying during the meetings making it difficult to process the information. 

I am dedicated to helping parents feel included and valued in the IEP process. I believe that inclusion is one of the most important facets of education and communities and work to educate and support families, districts, and organizations about the value of this principle. Together with parents, I help create visions and plans for a child’s future with the end goal in mind. 

I have 4 amazing children and a supportive husband who helps me see my dreams for myself and others come true. I am so excited to work with you and feel honored that you would consider letting me be a part of your experience. 

About DFW Advocacy

DFW Advocacy supports and empowers families through the special education process. Providing IEP/ARD preparation and meeting attendance, reviews of existing IEPs and supporting families by setting a clear plan for the needs of the student based on their vision for the future.

Through public trainings and seminars, online resources and one on one support, DFW Advocacy aims to promote inclusion, person centered practices and policies, and encourage self-determination for individuals with disabilities. 

DFW Advocacy was founded in 2019. Advocates at DFW Advocacy are non-attorney advocates and as such do not give legal advice. Nothing provided or said by the company or its advocates should be taken or construed as legal advice.