Susan is a mother of three, and a grandmother of two. She believes in treating families she works with as she herself would expect to be treated. She volunteers her time as a special education surrogate parent to make education decisions for children in state custody whose parents are unable to do so.
Susan is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) passionate about helping all children develop communication skills. Speech and language skills impact success across all areas of academics, social-emotional learning, and school environments.
A retired public school related service provider and special education department head, Susan understands the special education process and the importance of collaboration. Together, parents, teachers, specialists, and administrators play an important role in identifying students’ needs, developing and then implementing an effective individualized education plan (IEP).
Susan is an educational consultant and special education advocate. She strives to empower parents with the information they need to advocate for their child. She will assist you in understanding your basic rights in special education and work with you to advocate for a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) for your child.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licenses
Commonwealth of MA, Division of Professional Licensure, Board of Speech-Language Pathology
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Pathology by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Federation of Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant Training Institute and internship program.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc.
Disclaimer: Susan Shapiro, the president of Speaking of Ability, Inc. (SOA), is not a lawyer, and SOA does not engage in the practice of law. SOA never provides legal advice. Any explanation of laws or regulations by SOA are for information purposes only and does not amount to legal advice under any circumstances.