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Kimberly Ward

Throughout this process we will learn a lot about each other, but to get the formalities started, let me start by sharing a little about myself.

  • I am a wife, a mom, and a grandma
  • I love college football, road trips, and the beach
  • I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and have been a Virginia resident since 2000

An advocate is a knowledgeable mentor and partner who walks alongside you to navigate the special education/exceptional education process. It is vital for you to feel like an equal and confident member of the school team as well as to cultivate positive relationships with the school team. Under IDEA, parents must approve specific actions before the school can act on them. We are here to walk alongside you and help you navigate the special education/exceptional education process.

I have worked with individuals with disabilities, different abilities, and behavioral challenges for over 20 years. I have always advocated for my clients. Throughout my career, my support of individuals has evolved. I have provided direct Behavior Support in schools, including conducting behavior assessments and drafting behavior plans. I ran a Supported Employment group program where I created a Work Awareness Student Program for high school students with disabilities and assisted in developing a Job Coaching program. I have provided mental health and behavioral support for a local Juvenile Detention facility. Before starting Advocacy and Behavior Consulting, I served a local school district as the Behavior Support Coordinator for seven years. I also served as the Division Liaison for the VCU Autism Center for Education program and the district liaison for de-escalation and restraint training. I attended annual state and national conferences to co-facilitate the district Threat Assessment Team, creating policies, procedures, and building-level teams to maintain student and staff safety. Leadership changes and an overall shift in priorities left me, my department, and the students and families we served behind. After shouting from the rooftops, clearly documenting the mishandling and disregard for the laws protecting the rights of our most vulnerable, I realized I couldn’t fight the system from the inside. I couldn’t demand protection for the rights of students and their parents from the people in charge because they were the people who were violating the rights of the students that they are paid to educate and teach to be successful adults, so I stepped out on faith, and here I am.

Advocacy and Behavior Consulting is ready to partner with you to ensure your child receives the individualized support necessary to navigate the school environment successfully. We work to make sure your child gets the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) they are entitled to regardless of their differences, disability, diagnosis, or behavioral challenges!

 

Certifications & Education:

  • Board Certified Advocate In Special Education (B.C.A.S.E.)
  • Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Master IEP Coach®

Memberships:

  • Association for Positive Behavior Supports (APBS)
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)
  • Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV)
  • The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

We are advocates.

We are mentors.

We are partners.