Special Education Advocate
Mrs. Medlock, married for 19+ years and Mom of 4 kids ranging in ages from 7-17 with special needs (Autism, Audio Processing, ADHD, Autism, Twice Exceptional and Sensory Processing Disorder). She understands from a personal level about how having a child with a disability affects every aspect of your life. Mrs. Medlock's motto is "First do no harm". She strives to leave parents, caregivers, and/ or guardians better and more empowered. Her brand of advocacy takes the entire family in consideration.
Mrs. Medlock is experienced in navigating not only special education system (IEP, ARD, 504 plan, etc.) and its complaint process (IEP, ARD, OCR, ADA, TEA, and School Board). She is knowledgeable about Individual Family and Service Plan (IFSP), Medicaid Waiver Programs, and Transition planning. And, she navigated complaints through DADS in reference to IFSP and Medicaid Waiver program. Experienced with Person Centered Planning, Micro-board, and Grant funding resources for private therapeutic services which are all necessary to have the best outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.
During College, Mrs. Medlock received Research Fellowship to study abroad program funded by Senator Royce West and co-authored a paper with Akilah Ferguson. Next she transitioned from Work Study employee to staff member with Military Medical Training and Evaluation (MMT&E) for First-Responders and Combat-Casualty-Care under Dr. Karen Harbison.
Post UTA, Mrs. Medlock continued to receive training with IDEO/OpenIDEO, MIT's Entrepreneurship Center concentrating on transition plan development including social enterprise development utilizing employees with disabilities.
Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) - Special Education Advocacy Training Program (SEAT) Graduate
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
Texas Education Agency - IEP/ ARD Facilitator
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Texas Micro-board Collaboration (ARC)
Texas Transition Conference (TTC)