DFW Advocacy supports and empowers families at home through Family Services and in the classroom through Special Education Advocacy.
Through public training, 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.
By providing IEP/ARD preparation, ARD and 504 meeting attendance, and reviewing existing IEPs, we support families and help set a clear plan for the needs of the student based on their vision for the future.
Advocate, Speaker, and Trainer
Melissa opened DFW Advocacy after learning that several of her friends left their meetings not understanding their children’s goals, feeling defeated, feeling like no one understands their child, or crying during their ARD/504 meetings.
Melissa is a graduate of the Texas Partners in Policymaking program, and is a parent leader for her local Parent Training and Information Center. She has completed Special Education Advocacy Training provided by the Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates, coursework from Down Syndrome International, and has attended conferences on Learning Disabilities, and is a member of the Learning Disability Association of America. She is passionate about disability rights and education. Melissa has advocated in Washington on Capitol Hill for policy changes and has worked with local agencies from the early intervention stage on up.
Melissa is dedicated to helping parents feel included and valued in the IEP process. She believes that inclusion is one of the most important facets of education and communities and works to educate and support families, districts, and organizations about the value of this principle. Together with parents, she helps create visions and plans for a child’s future with the end goal in mind.
What Our Clients Say About Us
5 / 5
“Thank you so much for all you did to help us get special education help for our daughter. You were very helpful in helping us navigate an area we weren’t as familiar with. You are GREAT at what you do!”
5 / 5
“I just wanted to share what my son told me this morning at breakfast, ‘Mommy, I am not sure what you and Daddy did at that meeting, but I love school again.’ So thank you.”
5 / 5
“My son seems to be doing well. He is excited about going to school every day. Definitely much smoother than last year. Having you there made a big difference.”
More About Us
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.