Student Advocacy

Student Advocacy is an action taken on behalf of an individual needing services associated with education.  The advocate’s primary responsibility is to represent the best interests of the student in the education process.  Student Advocacy Services includes assisting students and their families to understand their rights according to IDEA as well as assisting students and their families to understand the laws governing educating students with disabilities including IDEA, Section 504 and Tennessee State Law. Any student and his/her family who receives special education services in Franklin Special School District or Williamson County Schools or any students and his/her family that believes the student should be receiving special education services is eligible for Student Advocacy Services.  For Student Advocacy services, contact Christa Furlow at 615-266-6050.  Below are resources that you might find helpful:

Explanation of Evaluation Process

Early Intervention

“Early intervention (Part C Regulations of IDEA) is crucial for providing a good education to children with special needs. TEIS helps families with disabled or developmentally delayed children connect to the supports and services they need.

Nine months prior to a child’s third birthday, children can be re-evaluated for continued special education services (for an Individualized Educational Plan [IEP], Part B Regulations of IDEA). A child need not receive services under Part C (birth-2) to qualify for services under Part B (ages 3-21)”.

Tennessee Early Intervention System-Questions and Answers

Tennessee Early Intervention System-Growing Together Little by Little

The Rights of Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs-Eligibility for Tennessee Early Intervention System

Tennessee Early Intervention System-Early Childhood Outcomes

Tennessee Early Intervention System-Transition

Tennessee Early Intervention System-What is Developmental Therapy?

Developing Your Child’s IEP-National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Sample IEP

Response to Intervention (RTI) Explained

RTI Flyer

Section 504 Guide

Intellectually Gifted Guide