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JoAnn Collins is the parent of two children with developmental disabilities, Angelina and Shaun. JoAnn has been a special education advocate in Illinois for over 25 years, helping parents successfully navigate the special education system; and successfully advocating at several due process hearings. She is a past employee of Options Center for Independent Living where part of her job was educational advocacy. She has been a disability advocate, fighting for community services for persons with disabilities, for many years. JoAnn also participated in several statewide advisory councils, including the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP Part of the U.S. Department of Education) Advisory Board in the State of Illinois. She continues to answer questions and be a resource for parents as they advocate for an appropriate education for their child.
Praise for JoAnn:
JoAnn is the author of
her first book: Disability
Deception; Lies Disability Educators Tell and How
Parents Can Beat Them
at Their Own Game
(2007), a popular book
on special education
advocacy for parents. Her second book, "Slaying Special Education Dragons" is a roadmap for parents to use as they navigate the special education maze.