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The educational advocate acts as a liaison between families and school district staff in resolving disagreements and facilitating a collaborative working relationship needed to negotiate services for the child. The advocate may coordinate and attend meetings with both parties, as well as attend the actual CSE/CPSE (Committee of Special Education/Committee of Preschool Special Education) meetings in which modifications to the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) are decided upon. The advocate works with both parties in order to identify a plan that adequately meets the needs of the student. The advocate also reviews documents including occupational, physical, and speech therapies; psychological; and educational evaluations, as well as answer any questions to facilitate understanding of the special education process. Advocates also provide training to parents on the special education regulations and advocacy skills needed to obtain services that students with disabilities are entitled to within the context of the special education system. Families who have children ages 3-21.