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Patricia Howey has supported families of children with disabilities since 1985. She has a specific learning disability and became involved in special education when her youngest child entered kindergarten. Pat has children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who have a variety of disabilities and she has used her experience to advocate for better special education services for several of them.
Pat is a charter member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), serving on its Board of Directors from 2000 through 2003. She has been a Commissioner on the Tippecanoe (County) Human Relations Committee, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and Partners in Policymaking, and a member of the Wrightslaw Speakers Bureau. She has been on the faculty of the College of William and Mary Law School’s Institute of Special Education Advocacy since its inception in 2011.
Pat has an A.S. and a B.A. in Paralegal Studies from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is an Indiana Registered Paralegal and an affiliate member of the Indiana Bar and the American Bar Associations.
Pat began her advocacy career as a volunteer for the Task Force on Education for the Handicapped (now InSource), Indiana’s Parent Training and Information Center. In 1990, she opened her advocacy practice and served families throughout Indiana by representing them at IEP meetings, mediation, and due process hearings.
In 2017, Pat closed her advocacy practice and began working on a contract basis as a special education paralegal. Attorneys in Indiana, Texas, and California contracted with her to review documents, spot issues, draft due process complaints, prepare for hearings, and assist at hearings. In January 2019, she became an employee of the Connell Michael Kerr law firm, owned by Erin Connell, Catherine Michael, and Sonja Kerr. Her duties have now expanded to assisting with federal court cases.
"Your material was informative and will benefit my law practice. Your thoroughness and your lively presentation made this program a huge success." - Charles Weiner, Esq.
"I loved the two-day seminar by you and Mr. Steedman - it was "just what the doctor" ordered. I know what I need to do - and how to do things more effectively. I feel so empowered! - Florida parent
"Thank you for a wonderful seminar. I learned a tremendous amount and look forward to taking the additional workshop with you next month." - "Soon-to-be" special education parent attorney
had the wonderful opportunity to meet you at the COPAA conference. Thank you for
sharing your time, energy and expertise with us all." - From a Parent
Training and Information Center (PTI) Education Resource Specialist in CA
for your wonderful presentation to my Partners in Policy Making class.
I've been using your tips and strategies in IEP meetings - and they
work!" - Florida parent
"We were delighted to have Ms. Howey share her education advocacy
skills - the support of leaders and advocates like Ms. Howey make our
program a success." - Florida PIP Coordinator
"Your seminar has been a godsend for us. I have used practically
every technique in dealing with our school district and the results
have been incredible." - Parent/College Professor from Arkansas
Special Education Advocacy Training
Attorney or Advocate: Which Do You Need?
The Gentle Art of Disagreeing
Preparing Parents for IEP Team
by Pat Howey
LRE: Does My Child Have a Legal Right to a General Ed Placement?
Male Parapros for Female Students - A Good Idea?
Sad, But True. Decision-maker v. Equal Participant
Does Your Child's Teacher See the IEP?
Preparing for IEP Team Meeting
Advocating in Your Own School District – Pros and Cons
School Says, “No Advanced Classes for Kids with IEPs”
Our Neuro-psycho Never Told Me He Would NOT Be the Evaluator
Tips for a Successful School Year
2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs for Children with Behavior
My Child is Being Evaluated - What Types of Tests Should I Request?
Child with LD/ADD is Not Allowed to Play Sports Because of Low Grades
- What Can I Do?
for IEP Meetings: Providing Information & Sharing Concerns
Preparing for IEP Meetings: What to Do When the School Ignores Your
the Playing Field: Power Struggles, Meetings, Follow Up Letters
You Need to Know Before You File a Complaint with the State
You Need to Ask "Dumb Questions"
more articles by Pat in Ask
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2019) in Williamsburg, VA.
Joint Base San Antonio, TX - Private From Emotions to Advocacy Training - Military.
Los Angeles, CA - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network of Southern California.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2018) in Williamsburg, VA.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2017) in Williamsburg, VA.
Chicago, IL - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by Celebrate Differences, The Disability Awareness Center. Speaker: Pat Howey.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2016) in Williamsburg, VA.
Roanoke, VA - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by Pure Ministries and Bonsack Baptist Church.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2015) in Williamsburg, VA.
Little Rock, AR - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by the Arkansas Disability Coalition.
Little Rock AFB, AR - Private Training - sponsored by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Open to EFMP members of Little Rock Air Force Base. Closed to the public. Speaker: Pat Howey.
Champaign, IL - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by the Champaign County Down Syndrome Network.
Corpus Christi, TX - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by the Autism Spectrum Resource Center.
Olympia, WA - From Emotions to Advocacy Training co-sponsored by South Sound Parent to Parent and Tulalip Tribes.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2014) in Williamsburg, VA.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2013) in Williamsburg, VA.
Sarasota, FL -Private Training - sponsored by the Prader-Willli Syndrome Association (USA)..
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2012) in Williamsburg, VA.
Sarasota, FL - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by Manasota B.U.D.S. and Family Network on Disabilites of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.
Charleston, WV - Partners in Policymaking - Private Training.
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA - 2011) in Williamsburg, VA.
CO - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by the Autism
Society of Boulder County.
Wheaton (Chicago Area), IL - Private Training - From Emotions To Advocacy
training sponsored by SEA200 Special Education Alliance District 200.
Paul, MN - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by the
Autism Society of Minnesota.
GA - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by The
Matthew Reardon Center.
SOLD OUT - Greater
Toledo/Lucas County, OH - Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot
Camp sponsored by The Arc of Lucas County, Autism Society of NW Ohio,
Family Information Network of NW Ohio, Lucas County Board of MR/DD,
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, Ohio Support Team, Ohio Coalition
for the Education of Children with Disabilities and the Ohio Developmental
NY - Special Education Law and Advocacy Training sponsored by Resources
& Advocacy for Inclusion.
Baltimore, MD - Private Training.
- From Emotions
to Advocacy Training sponsored by the MiChild Enrichment Center
MI - From Emotions to Advocacy Training co-sponsored by Opportunities
Unlimited for the Blind, MVPI
Grove, IL - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by Easter
Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region.
NC - From Emotions to Advocacy sponsored by The
Parker Autism Foundation.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Bootcamp
sponsored by the Unicorn
Champaign, IL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
sponsored by the C-U Autism
MI - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored
by Autism In Berrien
- Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Texas
Parent to Parent.
- Special Education Advocacy Training sponsored
by S.A.F.E. (Supporting
Autism and Families Everywhere).
Rochester, NY - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Greater Rochester S.A.F.E. (Schools Are For Everyone).
Phoenix, AZ - Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training Program with co-presenters Wayne Steedman, Pete Wright and Pam Wright at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
GA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Program sponsored by
the Autism Society of Georgia.
Other Programs by Pat Howey
the World -- One Child at at Time."
As a member of the Wrightslaw
Speakers Bureau, Pat provides training for parents, educators, and others
who want to ensure that children receive quality special education services.
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators,
health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities.
Wrightslaw Special Education
Law & Advocacy Programs.
Patricia L. Howey, B.A., IRP
West Point, Indiana 47992-0117
to Speaker's Bureau