Meet Claire Hooley, MS.Ed, JD, IEP Advocate

Claire Hooley, MS.Ed, JD, IEP Advocate

Advocating for those unable to represent themselve

Assisting individuals in obtaining legal benefits to which they are entitled

Experience in Mediation, Arbitration, and Negotiation

Family Training Program Coordinator

Federal Government employee for 23 years, working in the areas of Disability and Labor Law

Former Educator

Special Education Advocate

Labor Representative

Parent counselor in therapeutic grant-funded and private school programs.

Training to help parents and their children traverse the IEP process to obtain educational benefits.

Claire is native to Buffalo, New York, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education. She worked with special needs children and their parents for over 10 years before going to law school and starting her second career.

Taught intellectually and developmentally disabled children in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Worked as an autistic program teacher and therapist.

After living and working in the Buffalo , New York and Washington, DC areas, she relocated to Denver where, for 5 years, she held a leadership position in a disability component of the Social Security Administration.

Available Services Include:

Knowing the whole child and determining the child’s unique needs and learning style.

  • Review of educational and medical records: evaluations, school background, developmental history.
  • Classroom and school observations.
  • Assessment of  abilities.
  • Individualized accommodations, modifications goals, and objective to provide explicit participation in developing effective IEPs and 504 plans.

Advocating for your child

  • Promoting  a positive constructive relationship between school and parents.
  • Facilitating educational meetings: including  IEP, Section 504 and Inter-Agency Meeting.
  • Coordinating communications between school and outside providers.
  • Mediating and negotiating with school to obtain appropriate support and services.
  • Monitoring the implementation of IEP or 504 plan.
  • Providing referrals for diagnostic evaluations & treatment.
  • Evaluating outside options in educational placement.

Empowering parents

  • Helping  parents understand that they are the most effective advocate for their child.
  • Coaching  parents, on how to maintain effective win/win communications with the school.
  • Interpreting the implications and applications of federally mandated educational laws including: IDEA, NCLB, 504 & ADA.
  • Consultation on legal options, procedures and resources.

Claire Hooley, MS.Ed, JD, IEP Advocate