Pat Exman is a Special Education Advocate Coach. Educated in New York and a lifelong resident and parent, she has been advocating for children in need of special education services since 1998. Pat helps confidently utilize the role of parent in the process of obtaining the free appropriate public education (FAPE) for which your child is entitled. For nearly two decades she has assisted hundreds of families in NY and CT crafting IEP’s, 504 plans, and Individualized Health Service Plans while partnering through the Special Education process.
She has advocated for numerous children with varying disabilities and has extensive experience advocating for children with dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, and chronic Tick Borne Illnesses. Pat is constantly updating her skills and knowledge of disabilities and advocacy through reading, attending workshops, trainings and conferences.
Pat provide parents with the skills and support they need to advocate for their children. Helping parents discover, embrace, and empower the advocate within themselves is a key component of creating a long-term sustainable advocate for any child and is fostered through the advocacy coaching model she uses. She will assist by teaching the special education process, State and Federal laws, how to write dynamic and effective letters, handle meetings with confidence, and how to be integral in the creation of any educational plans for your child. She often serves as a liaison between parents, school staff, and various outside professionals that are involved in assessing a child’s needs. Together they carve out an appropriate educational plan for each unique child.
Pat received her teaching degree from the University at Albany in 1985. She is a long-time member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), has written for Lyme Times, is a regular conference/workshop presenter, and has presented at the national COPAA conference on Advocating for Children with Tick Borne Illnesses.