Thriving Special Families

Becoming Your Child's Best Advocate (Part 2): Inclusion & Mainstreaming

June 15, 2021 Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP Season 1 Episode 30
Thriving Special Families
Becoming Your Child's Best Advocate (Part 2): Inclusion & Mainstreaming
Show Notes

Every child with an IEP should have access to their education in the least restrictive environment (LRE). So, is inclusion appropriate for your child? Mainstreaming? Learn tips from the experts in this episode of Thriving Special Families.  Join us with our special guest Sarah Tira, Special Education Advocate from San Diego Special Education Advocates (

Sarah Tira
Sarah is a special education advocate here in San Diego. She began her career in special education by substituting as a paraprofessional in special education classes. She then became a moderate/severe special education teacher in the high school setting. Sarah has experience teaching in a separate specialized school, charter school, and comprehensive high school campus. For the last sixteen years, Sarah has also volunteered her time at a sleepaway camp for children and adults with disabilities through Easter Seals. She now serves on the directing staff for this camp. Sarah graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in mathematics. She also received her level 1 education specialist credential from USD and her level 2 education specialist credential from National University. As an advocate, Sarah serves families throughout San Diego County. Her clients have children ages 3-22 ranging across all ability levels.

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at

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