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Bridge Educational Advocacy

ʺKnowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”  -   Claire Fagan


Effective advocates influence by using facts, relationships, and communication to educate on the needs of students. Bridge Educational Advocacy gives a voice to students and their families when concerns and interests are not being heard.


Bridge Educational Advocacy 

works to ensure that children have access to the necessary educational services that will enable them to benefit from their instructional programming.


Bridge Educational Advocacy has created a service menu that provides a tiered approach to assist students and their families throughout Chicagoland and across Illinois.


Just as students need a differentiated approach, families benefit from advocacy services that acknowledge the value of an individualized level of service designed to meet their needs.


Bridge Educational Advocacy has been built from a belief that parents must be supported in order to fully participate in their children's educational programs. As advocates, we work to ensure families have that support. 

While parent confidentiality is a cornerstone of our services, many families have shared their stories in appreciation of the services that were provided.


Being an advocate requires the skill and knowledge base to make a difference for students.  Bridge Educational Advocacy brings the background and expertise to work effectively with school teams, identify areas for improvement, and guide the discussion to create effective student programming.

  1. Understand the instructional methodologies:
    In order to provide sound educational recommendations, it is imperative to bring a broad background of scientifically research-based interventions that have been found to be effective with students.

  2. Learn about laws protecting people with disabilities and their application to public school services:
    As an advocacy firm, Bridge Educational Advocacy can not provide legal services.  Educational advocacy can provide a "bridge" connecting families to service providers and by crossing over the impasse, students can receive the services that they need. 

  3. Networking:
    By using the connections that have been achieved from a career in public education, Bridge Educational Advocacy connects families to other service providers, therapeutic day schools, diagnostic evaluators, and support services that can make meaningful differences for the students that we serve.

  4. An objective perspective can often make the difference in a meeting:
    School meetings can be intimidating.  School personnel often outnumber the parents in attendance and by virture of the number of participants, parents can feel that they don't have a voice.  An educational advocate can help a family to feel "supported", which allows parents to have a stronger voice when seeking assistance for their children.  Bridge Educational Advocacy balances the voices at the table and makes sure that the needs of the student are the central focus of the conversation.

  5. Knowledge is power:
    School systems are government agencies with their own processes and procedures.  Bridge Educational Advocacy can decipher the jargon, explain the process, and empower families to participate effectively on behalf of their children.

  6. Using your procedural safeguards:
    Parents and their children have rights.  Bridge Educational Advocacy can guide families on how those safeguards can protect their rights and ensure that students receive the services necessary to achieve positive educational outcomes.


Bridge Educational Advocacy

Pepi M. Silverman

Tel: 847-903-7778

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