Should I hire an advocate? This question may be on your mind as you begin or continue to learn about and push for services for your child with special needs.

Dr. Susan Burnett faced this same question while helping her two children obtain additional supports at school. In fact, she ended up becoming a full-time advocate herself.

I talk with Susan today about a wide range of issues when deciding when, or if, to hire an advocate. We discuss what an advocate does, the district’s reactions, how it may lead to more services for a child and the costs a parent might expect to pay.

Susan and I work together at California Special Needs Law group.

Read a full summary of the interview here.


Susan Burnett heads up our advocacy program and loves to work with family’s who have a physical, emotional, behavioral, developmental delays or learning disabilities in their lives. If you were to follow Susan for a day (or two) you will find her at IEP Meetings, helping parents with strategies for their child and developing effective educational programs for both home and school life.

Susan brings a masters in Family Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to CSNLG. Her education and background means she is not only well equipped to understand the intricacies of a disability but the strengths of negotiating a positive solution.

When it comes to protecting the educational rights of our students, Susan is someone to have in the room with you. She is a trained negotiator, former committee member of the Office of Administrative Hearings Advisory group and been “on the job” since 1998.

Susan is married and has two adult children. Both her sons had learning differences while in school.

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