TIGER

Learn your child’s rights.

Learn the special education system.

Training Individuals for Grassroots Education Reform (TIGER) is a hands-on, self-advocacy program designed and taught by Learning Rights, to foster the tools of families in need, so that they may successfully advocate within the special education system. Since 2005, we have helped over 2,500 families residing in economically-marginalized communities in Los Angeles County including, Downey, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Long Beach, the San Gabriel Valley (El Monte), the San Fernando Valley(Pacoima), South Los Angeles(Watts) and Whittier.

TIGER’s cornerstone project is its unique and intensive Beginning TIGER special education advocacy training. Families meet once a month for 11 months and are taught by education advocates, attorneys, and professionals. Each parent receives a free copy of Learning Rights Law Center’s Special Education Toolkit along with training, support, and resources necessary to advocate for their children in a non-adversarial and collaborative manner. The 2018 trainings reached over 400 families in Southern California. 

TIGER also supports 4 parent-to-parent community groups designed specifically for parents who face special education advocacy challenges. These groups meet once per month on a drop-in basis in Downey, Highland Park, Long Beach, and West Los Angeles. At these meetings, parents will find a safe space to gather resources and find support from other parents in the community.

TIGER: Special Education Advocacy

Beginner

  • 11 month curriculum

  • Introduction to special education system and services

  • Understanding the IEP process

  • Parent participation in special education

  • Taught by attorneys, advocates, special education teachers, and others

Intermediate

  • 9 month curriculum

  • In-depth review of Compliance Complaints and Due Process

  • Introduction to special education case law

Advanced

  • 11 month curriculum

  • Special education case building

  • Supreme Court and federal special education law

  • Working with the Office of Administrative Hearings

  • Public Records Act Requests

Advanced Plus

  • 11 month curriculum

  • Focused on the transition to adulthood and exploring available services and options

  • Explains the IPP process, the basics of Regional Centers, and their role in the transition process

Beginner

Class Locations

Intermediate/Advanced 

Class Locations

Different Thinkers, Different Learners

  • 10 month curriculum

  • Taught by Psychoeducational Consultant, Mariana Leñero Solar

  • In-depth lectures on the theoretical and practical impact of five different developmental disabilities:

    • ADHD

    • Autism

    • Specific Learning Disability

    • Speech and Language

    • Intellectual Disability

E-TIGER

  • Online class for students who cannot attend TIGER

  • Covers the same topics as the traditional course

  • Introduction to special education system and services and how to navigate them

  • Videos by Learning Rights staff, including legal experts on Autism, Compliance Complaints, and Due Process

For more information, contact Carmen Reynaga at carmenr@learningrights.org.

Learning Rights Law Center

1625 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 500

Los Angeles, CA 90015 213-489-4030

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