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About Us

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Who We Are

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Advocacy Associates of the Hudson Valley, LLC is a special education advocacy services business whose goal is to assist you in helping your child get the education and services that they need. Our mission is to support you in understanding the special education process while advocating for your child so they can be as successful and independent as possible.

We empower parents of children who are struggling in school, get the support and services they need in order to make progress. Whether your child’s challenges are with learning, behaviors, or physical needs, we can help support you as you advocate for your child.

We understand what our clients are going through because we have been there ourselves. While other professionals might have training in whatever discipline they may have studied, our training is specifically in special education rules and regulations, advocacy, and various disabilities and disorders, as well as our own personal experiences.

With over 25 years of combined experience, we are uniquely qualified to help parents navigate the special education process. The experience we have gained through helping our own children, the oldest being in college, as well as assisting many other families, coupled with our extensive training, makes us well equipped to help your child. We know how our clients feel because we have walked in their shoes.

Our Advocates

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Phone: (845) 562.2900

Email: dmf@advocacyhv.com

Donna M. Fascaldi

Founder/ Co-Director Advocacy Associates of the Hudson Valley, LLC
Educational Advocate

With over 15 years of experience advocating for other children as well as her own, Donna Fascaldi, saw that many parents needed a place to get advocacy support, information and services. Over the past 5 years, she has been on a mission to gain information and knowledge about the regulations and laws as well as many different areas of special education.

“I didn’t set out to be a special education advocate, it kind of found me. After advocating for my own three children for over 10 years, I took a workshop series on Lay Advocacy for Families. I took this training to help my own children. However, when I was in the classes every week, I realized that the parents there needed more help and answers than could be provided in their limited time in that program. I found I was compelled to help them, as I had experienced many of the struggles they were facing.

Over the next five years, I took many workshops and seminars, including Wrightslaw Training Programs relating to special education law and procedures, as well as, many types of learning challenges and disabilities. I was looking for and learning as much as I could on best practices, use of technology and other ways to help advocate for children with learning challenges and other special needs. During that time, I continued to help families navigate the special education process through being a parent member for my school district for CSE and CPSE meetings, a Parent to Parent support parent, and many other ways. I continued to read and research so that I could be as knowledgeable as possible and strive to expand on that knowledge daily.”

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Phone: (845) 562.2900

Email: dgreen@advocacyhv.com

Denise Green

Co-Director Advocacy Associates of the Hudson Valley, LLC
Educational Advocate
Parent Training Coordinator
Parent Training Information Specialist

Denise Green has a child with special needs and has been advocating for her own children and others for over ten years. She has assisted parents in gaining appropriate services and placement for their child and conducts numerous workshops that are geared towards teaching parents how to navigate the special education process, as well as, how to become a better advocate for their own child.

“As a Parent Training and Information Specialist for the past seven years, I have seen first-hand the power of knowledge and advocacy. Over the years I have taught parents how to read, interpret and use their child’s evaluations and reports to assist them in getting appropriate supports and services for their child.

I have developed and presented many workshops on educational advocacy and special education law that taught parents how to navigate the special education system, as well as how to read and use the NYS rules and regulations regarding special education. I have provided parents of children with disabilities with information about their educational rights and responsibilities, in addition to connecting them to a network of parents and professionals throughout the area for support and additional services as needed.”