Reasons to Approach Overseas Education Consultants

Studying abroad is becoming an increasingly popular option for students who wish to broaden their outlook on life, and gain a meaningful education. With so many options available, students will find it hard to understand which college and which degree would be the best suited to their situation. This is where overseas education consultants play an important role.

Most students who wish to study abroad are confused about which country to go to, the institute to choose, what they are looking for in their career, the procedures to apply for their visa and what tests to take. Overseas education consultants keep themselves updated on the latest compliances and requirements, and are well versed in the procedures for college and visa applications. They will be able to guide you through each and every step with precision and clarity. You will get a comprehensive idea about courses available at each college, possible career pathways, eligibility requirements, cost implications and application deadlines.

Here are some of the reasons why you should get in touch with a good education consultant.

They will help you chose the perfect career

Many students may not be aware of the various new career opportunities available. A good education counsellor will help you narrow down your options based on your talents and interests, and will help you take the right decision regarding your career. They will advise you on what kind of job you can do after completing a particular course and the money you can potentially earn.

They are well networked with leading universities abroad

If you are wondering which countries offer good education in your field of interest, a consultant can help by suggesting the best university for a particular course that you may want to pursue. You will be given various alternatives, a lowdown on the course at each university, and will also be advised on the admission requirements.

They will help you get your visa approval

Applying for a visa can be time-intensive, complicated and very harrowing. Many students find it difficult to get together the documents and approvals required. Going through an education consultancy will be much easier, as they have good experience in documentation, know all the right channels and can get things done for you in half the time!

They will give you valuable financial advice

Studying abroad is an expensive proposition, and many students do not even try to achieve their education dreams because they are unaware about how to get their finances together. Your overseas education consultants can advise you about fees, costs of living abroad, and any hidden costs that you may need to bear. They will guide you on getting education loans and /or applying for financial aid. Quite often, students can work part time while they study to reduce the burden of tuition fees, and you will be able to get advice on this as well.

They will give you guidance on accommodation and travel

Overseas education consultants are well networked, and can help you in finding suitable accommodation that fits your budget and is close to your college campus. If you want to stay within campus hostels, most consultants are in touch with top universities abroad and can help with this.

Keeping all these aspects in mind, you will realise the importance of getting in touch with a reputed overseas education consultant before you get started on your education journey! Good luck!

Source by Usha Sunil

How To Find A Special Education Advocate

By Andrew M.I. Lee, J.D.

The special education and IEP process can be stressful and confusing. Many parents turn to a special needs advocate to guide them as they seek services for their child. But how can you find the right advocate?

Unlike attorneys, anyone can call themselves a special education advocate. And while there are training programs for advocates, there’s no formal licensing or certification. That’s why it’s important to do your research before hiring someone.

Here are steps you can take to find a special education advocate.

1. Think about why you need an advocate.

Before you start reaching out to potential advocates, think about what you need. Ask yourself—what specific problems am I having with my child’s educational experience? How could an advocate help me solve these problems?

Maybe your child has an IEP, but not the right services. Perhaps your child has an IEP but it’s not working. Or the school is telling you that your child isn’t eligible for special education and you don’t know what to do next. You might also just be confused or need help with the process in general—that’s OK. The important thing is to have a clear idea of why you need an advocate.

Keep in mind that some problems may not be appropriate for an advocate. For instance, if your child has been arrested and suspended from school, you probably need a lawyer, not an advocate. In that case, read about where to find legal help.

2. Come up with criteria for your ideal advocate.

There are a few things to look for in any special education advocate. An advocate should be familiar with local policies on special education. It’s also important that your advocate have a good working relationship with key people in the local school districts. This includes principals, teachers and special education coordinators. These criteria alone might meet your needs.

But it also helps to come up with requirements based on the problems you’re having. Try to be very specific. For example, you may need an advocate with experience persuading a school to provide individualized reading instruction to a child with dyslexia.

You may also want an advocate to help you understand your child’s evaluation. This can be helpful when figuring out which services and accommodations your child needs.

Most importantly, an advocate should be someone who will attend the IEP meeting with you. It’s essential to have moral support and someone who can advocate for you.

3. Make a list of potential advocates.

It’s common to find an advocate through personal recommendations. You can ask other parents, families and friends, specialists who work with your child and even trusted teachers. But make sure to ask why someone is recommending a certain advocate. Just because someone recommends an advocate doesn’t mean that person is the right fit for you and your child.

If you want more choices, you can also reach out to the following organizations. These groups typically keep a list of available advocates.

4. Interview the advocates.

Try to interview a few advocates before you make your choice. This is your chance to vet advocates before you hire one.

Pick out at least three from your list, and reach out to schedule a meeting or phone call. Some may even do a consultation for free.

During the interview, your goal is to learn about the advocate’s training, experience and qualifications. Using your list of criteria, you’ll need to see if this person has the skills needed to solve the problems that your child is facing.

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What is your special education advocacy experience?
  • Have you worked with this school district before?
  • Have you worked with kids with learning and attention issues like my child’s?
  • Can you give me a proposed plan of what we should do or ask for from the school?
  • What are your fees?
  • What services are covered in that fee?
  • How much do you estimate your advocacy will cost for the entire process?
  • What will be my role as the parent?
  • How will you keep me informed about progress?
  • Who will be responsible for managing my child’s records in this case?
  • Is there an attorney you have a working relationship with, if necessary?
  • Can you provide me with names of clients who would be willing to talk to me?

Don’t forget about the personal side. You want someone you can work with and trust, and whose personality meshes with yours.

5. Choose an advocate and negotiate the fee.

After the interviews, you should be in a good place to choose the advocate you want to work with. Now it’s time to negotiate the fee.

Hiring an advocate can be expensive. But it never hurts to ask for a discount or a less expensive arrangement. You can also gently mention if another advocate is charging a lower fee.

Nordstrom Sells Line Of Shoes Specially Made For Kids With Disabilities

BILLY Footwear which is being sold at Norstrom has created a shoe that has a “universal design” for people of all abilities. This new sneaker is a step in a positive direction which shows both a functional and inclusive way to make shoes accessible for kids with disabilities.

With a mixture of high and low top sneakers, BILLY brand creator Billy Price has created a groundbreaking shoe based off of his childhood experience.

When he was younger, Price broke his neck after falling three stories down resulting in him becoming paralyzed. The results of his trauma, a design that helps those kids with disabilities.

“Smashing fashion with function, BILLY Footwear incorporates zippers that go along the side of the shoes and around the toe, allowing the upper of each shoe to open and fold over completely,” reads the BILLY about page.

“Thus, the wearer can place his or her foot onto the shoe foot bed unobstructed. Then with a tug on the zipper-pull, the shoe closes and secures over top the user’s foot. It’s simple. It’s easy.”

Nicole Goodwin Hulbert, the mother of a daughter with disabilities took to Facebook to share pictures of her daughter trying on a few pairs.

Related: Yes! Apple Proposes 13 New Emojis That Represent People With Disabilities

These shoes cater to toddlers and reach all the way up to “big kids” which go up to size 12 in some styles.

With this revolutionary sneaker, we can’t wait to see how much more fashion evolves for everyone… especially with kids with disabilities.