What do “IEP”, “504”, “advocating”, and “accommodating” actually mean, practically speaking? They’re all ways that parents and advocates can make sure that kids with ADHD get the behavioral and academic support they need, and are entitled to, in order to be successful in school. Listen in as Rob Tudisco and Cindy Goldrich unravel the complexity, providing concrete suggestions for how to best navigate school support. They share perspectives on how to best partner with schools, to include your child in the process, when and how to involve outside expertise, and even when you might need to call a lawyer.
Robert M. Tudisco is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and non-profit management consultant and is also an adult diagnosed with ADHD. As Senior Counsel to Barger & Gaines, he specializes in matters involving school disciplinary hearings and criminal defense, in addition to general special education advocacy.
Mr. Tudisco is a current member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights. From 2010 through 2013, he was the Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides specialized coaching for students with ADHD and executive functioning impairment. He is a past member of the National Board of Directors of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), serving as a member of its Public Policy Committee from 2003 through 2015, and as Committee Chair from 2005 through 2008.
A frequent resource for the media on these subjects, Mr. Tudisco has appeared on such major media outlets as the CBS News, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and more! He was also a contributor to ATTENTION® Magazine on adult, parenting and legal issues.
Mr. Tudisco received his Juris Doctor at the Fordham University School of Law in 1989. He subsequently served four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York. Robert has over 25 years of legal experience specializing in the areas of criminal law, disability advocacy, education law and public policy.
Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP, is a Mental Health Counselor, Certified ADHD Coach, Teacher Consultant, and Parenting Specialist based in Boulder, CO. Cindy is an active writer, speaker, online ADHD coach and contributor to the field of ADHD. She teaches her Calm and Connected method to parents, teachers, and related services professionals for the education, treatment, and support of children with ADHD and Executive Function Deficits across the world.
She is a published author of 2 books on Parenting and ADHD. Her 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD has been translated into multiple languages. Cindy also provides ADHD coach training to others so they can become Professional Parent Coaches through her ADHD Parent Coach Academy.