Exploring Special Education in Spanish

Special Education Guide in Spanish

Hispanic parents, like all parents, have many questions and concerns when navigating the K-12 education system. Through our work via opcionesescolares.com, we get to see what parents are most frequently Googling, as well as what they reach out to our team on WhatsApp for help with directly. Over the last year, one of the top subjects has been how to find the best educational fit for students with special needs.

In our ongoing effort to address this concern, I am delighted to announce the launch of our comprehensive resource: the Ultimate Guide for Special Education in Spanish. This guide is designed to provide parents with practical advice, clear policy information, and culturally relevant local resources.

The National School Choice Awareness Foundation recognizes the importance of addressing this issue, first with our English-speaking parents and now with our Spanish speaking parents. This Ultimate Guide for Special Education contains expert advice and valuable insights from professionals in the field. The guide offers comprehensive information addressing various aspects of special education, from understanding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to exploring available services and accommodations in all school choice options. We broke down complex terms and concepts into understandable language for all Spanish speaking parents. Our mission is to empower parents to navigate the often overwhelming world of special education with more confidence and clarity. We also worked to gather state-by-state policies and regulations to equip parents with the knowledge necessary to explore all their K-12 educational options.

In all the work we do at Conoce tus Opciones Escolares, we recognize the importance of cultural relevance. Our Ultimate Guide for Special Education ensures parents can quickly locate resources tailored to their specific state. The guide fosters a sense of belonging and inclusivity by providing information on culturally sensitive organizations, support groups, and community initiatives.

We encourage parents, educators, and community members to share this guide widely so that those navigating the world of special education can benefit from its wealth of information. 

The launch of the Ultimate Guide for Special Education in Spanish marks a significant milestone in the CTOE project of serving the Hispanic community by developing navigation resources that are being requested by our readers. We hope that this guide serves as a valuable tool, helping parents find the answers they seek and ensuring that every child receives the education they deserve.

If you have questions, comments, or ideas on communicating with your local Hispanic community on education, email me at krissia@opcionesescolares.com.

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Alissa Jacques

Manager, Digital Communications

Alissa Jacques serves as manager of digital communications at the National School Choice Awareness Foundation (NSCAF). In this role, Alissa oversees the organization’s English-language social media presence and develops high-impact advertising campaigns to inform, inspire, and empower parents about their K–12 education options.

Previously, Alissa owned her own digital marketing agency, served as an adjunct writing professor at Bloomfield College, and spent two years as an elementary school teacher at Democracy Preparatory Charter School in New York.

Alissa attended both public and private schools as a child, where she developed a love for creative writing. She holds a bachelor of arts in education policy and entrepreneurship from New York University, and a master of arts in sociology of education from Teachers College at Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, scrolling through TikTok, and exploring NYC with her husband and cavapoo, Russ.