Lisa Carelli-Lang is a non-attorney advocate that has held administrative positions in Special Education for over 20 years. She is a fierce advocate for children.
She is a member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates) and has extensive knowledge about matters involving IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA. Ms. Carelli-Lang has served as an expert witness in Due Process proceedings.
Ms. Carelli-Lang provided instruction for Special Education students in Integrated Classrooms, Life Skills classrooms, Self-Contained classes, and Resource Room classes in NYS.
She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education from Buffalo State College. She is certified in Art Education, Elementary Education and Special Education. Additionally, Mrs. Carelli-Lang has a Professional Diploma from LIU CW Post and is certified for School Administrator and Supervisor as well as School District Administrator.
Lisa became a certified special education advocate through the PELE (Parents Engaged for Learning Equality) clinic at William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).
Ms. Carelli-Lang lives in Katy, TX, with her husband of 36 years. She is the proud mother of two young adults and two precious puppies. Her hobbies include drawing, cooking, reading, and traveling. She is passionate about building programs for students with special needs that will allow them to become productive, independent, and happy adults.
Upon relocating to Texas, Ms. Carelli-Lang attained certification through TEA in the areas of Art Education, Core Subjects, Special Education, Pedagogy, and Professional Responsibility and Principles.
The initial consultation is free. I will meet with you to discuss issues impacting your child's ability to receive a free and appropriate public education under IDEA. We will discuss appropriate accommodations required under Section 504/ADA.
I will attend your child's ARD Meeting and provide support and recommendations to parents.
Develop individualized instructional strategies designed to meet the needs of children who learn differently. Areas of focus could include: Decoding (phonetic analysis), Reading Comprehension (read for meaning, make inferences, respond to 'wh' questions), Writing (expository and creative); Mathematics (1:1 correspondence, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
Presentations for groups of 15 adults or more. Topics can include: Preparing for Your Child's ARD; How to Read an IEP; Special Education General Overview. Topics can also be customized by parents and EAC staff.
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• Mrs. Carelli-Lang cannot represent a client without a signed Engagement Agreement and a completed Client Intake Form.
• Please contact Mrs. Carelli-Lang using the form below with dates and times you would be available for a consultation.
• A $500 non-refundable retainer is required prior to the commencement of services. An invoice will be provided. Additional services will be invoiced as they are provided.
A Temple ISD Mom
“T is doing an amazing job. He started the next day in the dyslexia class and when I say within a weeks time, I can already notice he is feeling better about himself, recognizing more sight words, and not as frustrated with homework. I can't thank you enough. I really believe by coming to the ARD, it helped set the tone, and the school knows you meant business.”
A Houston ISD Charter School Mom
"I can't say enough good things about the prep work and formal meetings Lisa has done for my daughter's ARD/IEP. Her wealth of experience working inside and out of the public school systems gives us a boost of confidence as we strive to get our special child, the necessary services needed to succeed.
Lisa is the pinnacle standard for the type of quality advocate that every special needs family should seek because her polished soft people skills put everyone at ease. That's so important in these ARD situations because emotions are high on both sides of the table. Lisa displays patience with everyone and that's a rare skill.
Lisa is both professional and personal in dealing with my family who have been plagued with extra life stressors.
Also Lisa has educated us about our rights, she responds to all of our questions and she has made herself readily available to us. Post IEP Lisa has given additional time to my family to ensure that we are receiving the services granted in our ARD/IEP."
A Katy ISD Mom
"Hate it has to be this difficult but Lisa will definitely handle it...Absolutely love her.”
An Aldine ISD Mom
"(My son's) school found out today that I don't play, and I fight for my son, when it comes to him. Lisa and I had 12 school district officials in a 7 hour meeting today, because the school district denied accepting (My son's) doctor's autism diagnosis. We requested to continue the meeting next week because we aren't finish fighting the school district's decision."
A Houston ISD Mom
"I am further impressed by her intake of information, organizational skills, working with other professionals and her ability to positively work with last minute changes. I am further impressed by her patience and ability to help me understand the ARD process and terminology to communicate my son's needs as they change. Mrs. Carelli-Lang has true gifts, she not only crafted a better program for my son but she effortlessly engaged and openly appreciated my son."
A Houston ISD Dad
“I have been meaning to thank you for such a powerful support performance at the last ARD/IEP meeting. Prior to the meeting I have been stressing a bit regarding seeking assistance for (my daughter). I just want to personally express my gratitude and appreciation to you.
I've been praying to the Blessed Mother for guidance and help. You are definitely a God sent.
Thank you again. May the Blessed Mother protect you and surround you with the Mantle of Love.”
A Trinity ISD Dad
These people care about your child and bend over backwards to fight for your precious child’s life. They were our best decision concerning the needs of our children. A very special thank you goes to Lisa Carelli-Lang and Patricia Freeze.
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
ARD - Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process
COPAA - Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
EAC - Educational Advocates and Consultants, LLC
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP - Individualized Education Program
ISEA - Institute of Special Education Advocacy
NASET - National Association of Special Education Teachers
TEA - Texas Education Agency
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
Texas Education Agency
Information: (512) 463-9734
Complaints: (800) 252-9668
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Information: (202) 245-7459
No Child Left Behind Act
U.S. Department of Education
TTY: (800) 437-0833
Resources: (800) 872-5327
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