About the advocates

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC was founded by advocate Marilyn McClure. Marilyn’s background includes:

  • BS Secondary Education.  K-12 certification in Missouri
  • Trained parents  on IEP process statewide in Missouri
  • Independent Paralegal credential:  CRP
  • Legal Assistant Certificate Program completion, Missouri Western State College
  • worked for law firm representing parents in IDEA matters
  • taught Middle School Art in both public and private schools
  • served as a MODESE hearing officer  on IDEA due process panels
  • former parent policy partner MO DMH at KC Regional Center
  • MODESE-trained IEP facilitator
  • assists parents through mediation when your state education agency provides the free mediator

Parents direct the advocate.  We are not attorneys, and do not give advice.  Since we do not represent a parent, we can go to mediation with a parent under the IDEA.    Animosity by the school may be less when a parent appears with a non-attorney advocate.

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