“There comes a moment when you realize that what you’re advocating for is more than just accommodations. You’re really advocating for someone’s quality of life. That’s the moment you realize you won’t give up.   - Kelli Sandman-Hurley


Ignite specializes in dyslexia advocacy work creating a bridge between home and school. The measure of Ignite's success is guided by mutual understanding, collaboration and evidence -based interventions. Ignite's expertise is based on a clear and in depth knowledge of dyslexia and what that means in the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education) Law, Section 504, RTI2 Framework and Assistive Technology Evaluations. Ignite's in-depth knowledge of special education, laws, procedures, and interventions allows you the opportunity to focus on your child and his/her needs rather than attempting to juggle a wide range of issues, challenges, personalities, and hidden agendas.

Consider this, if you have been down this path for years and have experienced frustration, just know you have finally found a resource which can make a difference for you and your child! On the other hand, if you are just starting out on this journey, you will appreciate the guidance and support available through Ignite's services. What Advocacy includes:

•  Attends IEP and other school meetings to ensure your child will receive appropriate services.
•  Provides information and recommendations about effective educational resources and practices that your child is entitled to under the protection of the law.
•  Assist with the development of IEP goals and your child’s long term plan.

TAKE NOTICE: With extraordinary breakthroughs in technology, Ignite is now able to serve families everywhere in the state of Tennessee through FACETIME, SKYPE or CONFERENCE CALL formats.


As 504, IEP, and Evaluation meetings are scheduled with the school, Ignite works together, with the parents in developing a "strategic plan" for parents to take into the meetings. Ignite does not attend the meetings. What you will gain from Ignite's Consultation, in parent friendly terms:

•  Your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
•  Making informed decisions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
•  Help guide parents in understanding appropriate services and or accommodations for your child.
•  Communicate more effectively with school professionals.

Ignite advocates and is NOT an attorney and cannot offer or provide legal advice. Our goal is to help you understand the special education process, the procedures in place and assist you in advocating within these guidelines for your child. Ignite can help you understand and navigate the process of IEP/504 Plans in public schools in Tennessee.