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Special Education Advocacy

Navigating the special education system in Virginia can be scary for parents of children with autism. From understanding individualized education programs (IEP) to advocating for services, parents often find themselves overwhelmed and unsure where to turn. With two decades of experience in Hampton Roads supporting children with autism and their families, we’re dedicated to providing expert guidance and advocacy to ensure every child receives the education they are entitled to.

  • Understanding Special Education – Virginia’s special education system is complex, with many regulations and procedures in place to ensure the educational needs of children with disabilities are met. Parents who are not familiar with the terminology or process struggle to effectively advocate for their child. Our experienced advocate is well-versed in Virginia’s special education process which allows her to guide families through every step of the process.
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) – The cornerstone of specialized instruction is the IEP. It outlines goals and services that will support the child’s access to public education. Our advocate has decades of experience in collaboratively developing comprehensive and effective documents with school districts.
  • Advocacy and Support – At MASC our special education advocate provides personalized support to families helping them understand their rights and giving them the tools and information needed how to learn to effectively advocate for their child. Whether it’s attending IEP meetings, collaborating with school personnel, or providing resources and information, she is dedicated to empowering families to advocate for their students with autism.
  • Building Collaborative Relationships – Effective advocacy requires collaboration and partnership between families, educators, and service providers. Our organization has spent years building relationships with school districts, educators, and community organizations across the region. By fostering open communication and collaboration, we can work together to ensure that children with autism spectrum disorder receive the support and services they need to thrive academically and socially.
  • Looking to the Future – As we look ahead to the next 20 years, MASC remains committed to providing expert advocacy and support to families of children with ASD in Hampton Roads. We will continue to stay current on special education regulations, adapt our services to meet the evolving needs of families and advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. Together, we can ensure that each student is set on the path to success in school and beyond.
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Services We Offer

Here are some of the ways we help make a difference for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Hampton Roads Area.

One-on-One Therapy

Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to increase wanted behavior and decrease unwanted behavior.

Individualized Programming

Custom programming to meet each child's individual needs.

Social Skills Groups

Facilitating appropriate interactions with peers and building meaningful friendships during their time here.


Providing free training on autism, the science of behavior, and the special education system in Virginia.

School Observations

Working with school staff to support our clients.

Clinical Consultations

Helping families and professionals understand the specifics of our clients.

Special Education Advocacy

Giving our clients the benefit of 20 years of experience navigating special education in Virginia.

Individualized Education Program Development

Reviewing documents to ensure the specialized instruction provides the free, appropriate public education the student is entitled to.

Resource and Referral Services

Serving as leaders in the autism community and working with local, state, and federal partners to support families.