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Over the past 19 years, Ronnetta’s extensive experience as an advocate, has earned her the respect of many throughout the State of Maryland. She is a trained paralegal and skilled mediator in negotiating the rights of parents and students in the development of an appropriate Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), 504 plan, Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) and appropriate educational placements.
She has completed extensive advocacy training through the William & Mary Institute of Special Education Advocates (ISEA), under Peter and Pam Wright of Wrightslaw, and with the Council of Parent, Attorneys, and Advocates (COPAA), Special Education Advocates Training (SEAT) program.
Ronnetta is the recipient of the 2016 Legislative District 26 "Unsung Hero" for her advocacy efforts.
She is a member of COPAA and various local, state, and National advocacy organizations.
ABOUT THE ADVOCATE
As a non-attorney special education advocate, Ronnetta has fostered a network of invaluable resources to assist children who are differently-abled, and their families with a myriad of possible resolutions.
Presentation of 2016
"UnSung Hero Award"
Left to Right: Mr. Edward Burroughs III, PGCPS BOE Member, District 8; Ronnetta Stanley, 2016 Unsung Hero Award recipient; Honorable C. Anthony Muse, Maryland State Senator; Delegate Kris Valderrama
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
~ The Honorable Araminta Ross, better known to the world as Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad
The world has claimed Harriet Tubman as their own daughter of the struggle. A beacon of light to many who felt life's despair on their shoulders. However, the tie that binds Harriet Tubman to Loud Voices Together is deeply personal.
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To educate, empower, inspire, and engage students with disabilities and their families to live their best life in local and extended communities.
VISION & CORE VALUES
Loud Voices Together Educational Advocacy Group, Inc., is a regional, full-service, cross-disability 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides special education advocacy services and support to students who are differently-abled and their families. We celebrate, respect, and appreciate the differences that we share with respect to people, gender, race, cultures, religions, and political views.
Our goal is to serve our client's needs in the areas of education, financial literacy, and safety-net services. We believe that we should maintain integrity, professionalism, exemplary customer service, and accountability while acting socially and fiscally responsible to our internal and external stakeholders.
In partnership with qualified providers, Loud Voices Together provides Neuropsychological and Educational assessments, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and ABA Therapy and makes referrals to other community-based organizations.
Loud Voices Together accomplishes the organization's mission by:
(1) Creating and facilitating T.I.P.S. (Tangible Information Parents Seek™) presentation to engage and inform parents of students with disabilities about their student’s special education rights, role-play an actual Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting, and remedies when things are not amenable between families and the school district.
(2) Establishing the Harriet Tubman Scholars tutoring program to address the academic struggles of students with disabilities in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Math.
(3) Community outreach through the Harriet Tubman Helping Hands which addresses the need for parents to have proper attire when attending IEP meetings at schools, addressing short-term and long-term financial needs and planning, providing a monthly support group to parents and caregivers, and by offering assistance with life’s basic necessities of food, clothing, and access to community resources.
26th Legislative District Awards Ceremony
Introducing: The Harriet Tubman Scholars Program
This organization has the esteemed honor of having a familial bond through, Antwine Stanley - Director of The Harriet Tubman Scholars Program and Harriet Tubman Helping Hands Project, who is a sixth-generation blood descendant of this Freedom Fighter. Although she has long left this world behind, her legacy of service continues through Loud Voices Together's work in the differently-abled community and their families.
Read more about the programs below.
Harriet Tubman Scholars Program
The Harriet Tubman Scholars Program is an after-school tutoring program that has a specific focus on students with disabilities and at-risk students who are at least one to two grade levels behind in reading behind their neuro-typical peers. According to Maryland Report 2015, only a small percentage of students met Common Core State Standards in Reading in Prince George’s County for whom reading is a struggle.
The Harriet Tubman Scholars Program is unique because it is the brain-child of a sixth generation blood descendant of Harriet Tubman, Antwine Stanley, and will be an extension of her legacy. This program will be based in the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) of Oxon Hill/Glassmanor, which is located in the Southern Corridor of Prince George’s County, but will serve those through out the local community.
Harriet Tubman Scholars seeks to serve students with disabilities and at-risk youth to address literacy deficits by offering:
Harriet Tubman Helping Hands Project
The Harriet Tubman Helping Hands Project is an extension of the Harriet Tubman Scholars Program by addressing and supporting the daily needs of parents and caregivers of students with disabilities and at-risk youth.
Often families who have a child with a disability or at-risk youth, are faced with taking time off from work to attend the many meetings with their local school system or other governmental agencies. Which has a domino effect and places parents and caregivers at risk of job termination or lessen their chances for career advancement opportunities.
This leaves parents and caregivers unable to care for themselves or their children and faced with the difficult decisions of providing medication, clothing, food, and housing for their child with limited resources to address their many needs.
The Harriet Tubman Hands Project seeks to address:
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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
Ronnetta Stanley is indicative of the strength, resolve, patience, and passion that a special education advocate must possess. Her journey with special education is deeply personal. Unknowingly, it began when her son displayed unexpected differences. Her weakest days proved to be the greatest source of strength. Using her FAITH as the compass, she began to receive the knowledge needed to make a difference in her son’s life and others.
Ronnetta made the choice to take life’s lemons and make lemonade, creating Loud Voices Together Educational Advocacy Group, Inc.