Attorneys for special education students are commonly asked, “what is the difference between an attorney and an advocate?” The confusion makes sense because the roles are very similar. Both are there to guide parents through the special education process, and advocate for the special education student.
Typically both will review educational records including special education assessments and IEP’s; advise on how to work with the schools; inform parents of their child’s rights; and potentially make recommendations for services, placement, evaluations, and strategy.
In fact it is extremely common for attorneys and advocates to work hand and hand with families of special education students. But the differences are important.
We are devoted to our clients because our team has personal experiences with the injustices of the special education system. We are attorneys for special education students advocating for educational equity.
What are the differences between an attorney and an advocate?
The most obvious difference between an attorney for special education students and an advocate, is an attorney can give a parent legal advice.
So what does an advocate do?
Advocates for special education students play an important role and are better suited to help parents through the IEP process.
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