Welcome to Educational Advocates and Consultants, LLC

Services

Initial Consultation

Meet and discuss issues impacting your child's ability to receive a free and appropriate public education under IDEA.

Meet and discuss appropriate accommodations required under Section 504/ADA.

ARD Meeting (Half-Day/4 Hours or Less)

Educational Advocate will attend your child's ARD Meeting and provide support and recommendations to parents.

ARD Meeting (Full-Day/Over 4 Hours)

Educational Advocate will attend your child's ARD Meeting and provide support and recommendations to parents. 

Specialized Instruction

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).

Speaking Engagements

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.

Lisa Carelli-Lang

Background

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.



Experience

  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. 


As a life-long learner committed to keeping current with her profession, Lisa regularly attends seminars and workshops.  This recently included a week-long advocacy training program at William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).


About Me

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 Principal.


Ms. Carelli-Lang is a proud wife and mother of two young adults.  She is passionate about building programs for students with special needs that will allow them to become productive, independent, happy adults.

Acronyms

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

Pat Freeze

Background

Pat Freeze graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology.  She completed the Alternative Teacher Certification program at the College of the Mainland.  


Pat continues to study and grow in her field.  She has attended the annual COPAA conference as well as pre-conference trainings in due process.  She participated in the Wrightslaw Seminar in Houston and attended a week-long advocacy training program at William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).


Pat is a member of the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and The Autism Society.  She is an Affiliate member of the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) and a supporter of St. Baldrick's Foundation (a childhood cancer charity).

Experience

After working for many years as a litigation paralegal, Pat’s passion for child advocacy began as she advocated for three of her own grandchildren.  That passion grew, and she has been advocating professionally for all children for over three years.  

​Pat is a passionate advocate with a proven record of success for her clients.  Not only does she make sure that students with disabilities are properly identified, assessed, and provided with appropriate services in the least restrictive environment, she advocates for each student as if they were her own grandchild.

About Me

 Pat lives in League City, Texas, with her husband and three puppies.  She has two grown children and, together with her husband, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Pat enjoys writing poetry and short stories.  Her wide-ranging musical interests have taken her around the globe to hear her favorite performers.  During a trip to Ireland for a Writer’s Weekend, Pat toured the Connemara Coast and attended a Celtic Music Festival on Inis Mór, one of western Ireland's Aran Islands.



 

Parent Testimonials

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 and Pat will definitely handle it...Absolutely love them.”

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. We, Pat Freeze and Lisa (Carelli-)Lang, 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 both 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 the both of you.


I've been praying to the Bless Mother for guidance and help.  You both were definitely a God sent.


Thank you again.  May the Blessed Mother protect you both and surround you with the Mantle of Love.”


Parent Resources

  • Special Education:
    Texas Education Code, Chapter 29
  • Statewide Education Plan:
    Texas Education Code, Sections 30.001 - 30.005
  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
    Texas Education Code, Sections 30.002
    Texas Education Code, Sections 30.021 - 30.029
  • Texas School for the Deaf:
    Texas Education Code, Sections 30.051 - 30.059
  • Texas Regional Day Schools for the Deaf:
    Texas Education Code, Sections 30.081 - 30.087
  • Use of Confinement, Restraint, Seclusion and Time-Out:
    Texas Education Code, Section 37.0021
    Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 2, Chapter 89, Subchapter AA, Rule §89.1053
  • Applicability to Charter Schools:
    Texas Education Code, Section 12.104
  • Transition Planning:
    Texas Education Code, Section 29.011
  • Personal Graduation Plan:
    Texas Education Code, Section 28.0212 - 28.0213
  • Testing:
    Texas Education Code, Section
    Texas Human Resources Code, Chapter 73
  • School Transportation:
    Texas Education Code, Section 34.007
  • Diabetes Care:
    Texas Health and Safety Code. Chapter 168
  • Graduation Ceremonies:
    Texas Education Code 28.025 (f)
  • Dyslexia Practioners and Reporting:
    Occupations Code Chapter 403
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Resource Center:
    Human Resources Code, Section 114.013
  • Staff Development for Teachers:
    Section 21.451, Education Code
  • Online Resource: Special Health Needs:
    Education Code Subchapter J, Chapter 21, Subsection 21.463 
  • Disciplinary Actions:
    Education Code, Section 37.001
  • Assessment:
    Education Code, Section 39.0023
  • Evaluation:
    Texas Education Code, Section 29.004
  • Representation in Hearings:
    Texas Education Code, Section 29.0162
  • Online Learning:
    Texas Education Code, Section 26.0031

CONTACTS


Texas Education Agency

Information: (512) 463-9734

Complaints: (800) 252-9668


Relevant Federal Laws Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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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Educational Advocates and Consultants, LLC

Texas, United States

Lisa Carelli-Lang (631) 848-9767
Pat Freeze (281) 733-0422