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Hello there & welcome to The IEP Advantage! I am Tracie Kelly. I've been married to Steve for 26 years and I am the mom of two young adult men. Together we live in Lake Orion, Michigan and we have three small dogs. Steve works as a Sales Engineer for a prototype company. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my boys were born. Before kids, I graduated from Michigan State University and worked for a pharmaceutical company and a doctor's office. Today, I am an online entrepreneur helping IEP parents. I enjoy working with my kids, traveling and SCUBA diving with my family in our free time, and riding mopeds in the summertime with my husband and dog (Baby is a Yorkie that loves moped rides!). I am an extremely organized person and I never sit still (does any parent!?)!
Spencer is my oldest and he is 22 years old. Spencer has autism (Asperger syndrome). He is a public speaker and autism advocate. Together we spoke on guest panels for two years at The World Conference on Autism, where I spoke about the importance of IEP prep. I also just spoke there again (solo) in December 2023 in Colorado - see my prior blog post to read about this experience! Today, my son Spencer is a handsome, thriving, successful, and kindhearted young man who finished his BS degree in Accounting, graduating Magna Cum Laude last April. He currently works at the University he graduated from in Accounting. He also founded a very successful skincare business, ExpeditionSoaps.com, that he started when he was 15 and just out of the 9th grade. After 7.5 years of ownership, he sold his business to his younger brother Grant.
Grant is 19 years old and has been working the soap business with his brother since he was twelve! Grant recently had a life-changing experience 1.5 years ago, when he broke his neck, fractured his lower spine, and suffered a spinal cord injury at a trampoline park. After emergency surgery and a week of paralysis from the neck down, he is a recovery success. It's been a long recovery road, and he still is working to fully recover his body, but if you saw him, you'd never know he's been through such a horrific experience! His surgeon, in fact, refers to Grant as his most miraculous and memorable surgery in his 17 years of doing surgery because he's walking today and not in a wheelchair paralyzed. Grant exceeded his surgeons expectations for healing. Grant is strong minded, creative, kind, playful, musically gifted, and all-around amazing! We're so grateful that he has regained mobility since his accident, as he loves to play the guitar (self-taught) and video games, alongside running his soap business. Grant recently took ownership of ExpeditionSoaps.com at the beginning of this year on Jan 1st, 2024 and looks forward to growing and expanding his online business.
Back when Spencer was a toddler, he had many functioning & communication challenges that come along with being autistic. When he was three, we enrolled him into a special education inclusive preschool. To put it short, the IEP meetings were a complete nightmare for us! I was confused, lost, and I was struggling to comprehend it all! I knew there had to be a better way to do IEP meetings, but I had no idea of how to find help. There wasn't anything detailed teaching parents on the internet, nor did I know how to find local resources, to help parents like me that were struggling with the IEP meetings!
In my research, I realized that there was a huge communication gap between us parents and the school district (It wasn't just me and my experience. This was happening all across the US.)! I realized that the school districts have their systems in place for IEP meetings and have for many years, but we parents didn't have anything to help us! My son was very smart and he deserved access to a good education and a positive school experience, like other kids had. The special education "playing field" aka the IEP meeting, was so unevenly matched between the school district and the parents, and still is today. I believe the schools use this as leverage, and so... I am determined to change this! I want parents to be completely prepared for their child's IEP meetings, so that parents are able to be more confident and intentional during the IEP meeting. This will lead to a positive outcome for their child's IEP, which means your child getting the supports and services they need to access education!
Back in 2006, when I couldn't find any IEP prep help on the internet or in books, I took on the task to develop a system to prepare for my next IEP meeting, because I really needed the IEP to work FOR my son, so he could have a POSITIVE experience in school. Turns out, the system that I created worked amazingly! This original course that I created with all the steps & secrets to successfully preparing for the IEP meeting was great!
The IEP Team stated many times that I was the most prepared and informed parent that they EVER worked with and that they WISHED more parents would come in PREPARED like I was. And it was in that moment of feeling very confident, successful, and accomplished, that I then realized that this was my calling, that I had to share this course and help other parents that were struggling with their IEPs! So, I mailed out the "IEP Help Disk" (yes, it was a CD... this was a long time ago! lol) to as many parents as I could that were struggling with their IEP like I was. Fast forward to now-a-days, (well, it was 2022), and my youngest son Grant was graduating and I saw at his school an autistic child, and it made me wonder if he was getting good special education support. In keeping this brief, I'll just say that's the basic story of how and why I was motivated to update and now share this amazing course with you! IEPs just shouldn't have to be so hard for parents! We already have enough on our plates!
Today much polished, revamped, & moved onto a modern platform called "the internet or the cloud", I am very proud to bring you, The IEP Advantage course! This comprehensive course guide was made for you, parents! It's the only course you'll ever need to prepare for a very successful IEP meeting. And it's readily available to parents to access from the comfort of their home computer, in privacy, 24/7/365!
I founded The IEP Advantage in 2022 with the sole purpose of guiding & helping parents navigate the IEP process. If we all agree on one thing, it's that we parents need a community and system in place to support us through this difficult legal IEP process. It's hard for me to believe that from 2006, until today, still no course had been created specifically to help parents with their IEP.
This course will help parents of school-aged special needs children understand the entire IEP meeting process, to better understand and have clarity on their child's unique special needs and how these needs can be met in the school setting. This course will also help you become completely prepared and confident for your upcoming IEP meeting, and every meeting thereafter. Doesn't this sound exactly like a system that you need to have, so that preparing for the IEP can be simple and demystified? You don't need to spend HUNDREDS OF HOURS going behind the scenes to learn this all! I already did it for you & bundled it together in a step-by-step course that will have you ready for your next IEP meeting.
So, what can you expect when you get The IEP Advantage course? You'll get access to our complete IEP Advantage Bundle of online modules, making up the course called The IEP Advantage. You can complete this course at your own speed and time frame. This course includes 7 modules, plus eight bonus pages (inside Module 8), that will enhance, round out, and simplify the management and recordkeeping for your special needs child.
If you've ever felt like you needed help understanding the IEP meeting process, but didn't want to have somebody else up in your personal business or pay the high price for an advocate, coach, or special needs attorney the high ticket prices that come with their services, then The IEP Advantage is YOUR PERFECT SOLUTION! The aim of my course is to position you so you become an IEP Parent - an INFORMED | EMPOWERED | & PREPARED Parent, so you can confidently handle your IEP meetings. And, should you still need assistance from an attorney, advocate, or coach, you'll be in much more of a stronger position, that you won't have to spend your time or money trying to get educated by them (besides if you're in a moment of such need, you're going to be completely stressed out and then the information might go in one ear and out the other!). So, Instead, when you have The IEP Advantage, you'll be able to be on par with their discussions and ready to just handle the situation with them. Oh, and you'll have an awesome set of very organized records on your special needs child, and this will be very important for you to have already created. Honestly, our aim of this course is to help you avoid these types of situations, but just in case, you'll be more than ready!
The question is, how would being completely prepared for your next IEP meeting, and every meeting thereafter feel to you? Would it be worth your time to learn? If so, get on over to our sale, where you can get our entire IEP Advantage course, PLUS the 8 free bonuses (these alone are worth $224)! Go to IEPadvantage.com/access right now to learn more & get started!
And the IEP Advantage community? We're just getting started, but we're creating a bunch of experiences within the community to support parents of school-aged special needs children! So, take a look around our site and see for yourself! If you'd like to be a featured guest on our upcoming podcast series, I look forward to interviewing parents to hear and share their story of their experiences with their IEP meetings. We soon will have our store up and running, and we're just starting to create groups for live workshops for parents to do their IEP prep right along with me! We are on TikTok with IEP tips and Facebook with an interactive group for parents! Be sure to stick around, because we've only just begun! I'm glad that you found us!
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If you're a parent of school-aged special needs children and you've been to an IEP meeting, you know how stressful those meetings can be. Why are they so stressful? We'll most likely you experience this because you go to the meetings unprepared. And when you're not prepared, you don't feel 100% confident. What if I told you that I can show you the was to get 100% prepared and how to feel confident through an online workshop that you can attend with me and other parents like you? Find the workshops tab and sign up now, because the first step to IEP prep is being offered to you completely FREE! You're not going to want to miss out on this. But, thing is, you have to act fast, because seats are being filled as we speak! And once it's full, it'll no longer be offered for FREE!
Tracie Kelly is the course creator of The IEP Advantage course and the creator of The IEP Advantage Community. With this course, she is single-handedly revolutionizing the way parents of school-aged special needs children in the USA prepare for their IEP meetings. She is working to make her course THE new standard for IEP prep for parents in America. Tracie recently spoke at The World Autism Conference in Loveland, CO about IEP meeting prep and continues to reach out to let parents know there is help for them with IEP meeting prep! Learn more today by looking around The IEP Advantage community and join me on social media (TikTok & Facebook)!