“I’ve attended many training sessions provided by AJE. They were all excellent. The presenters were knowledgeable, patient and insightful. The presenters know what parents are up against as we endeavor to advocate for our children against all odds. It is difficult enough to raise a child who learns and behaves differently than her peers. AJE helps balance the load for parents like me.” – Parent of a child with Multiple Disabilities
“My advocate made sure that I was aware of the timelines involved in the (Special Education) process, and that I did my leg-work. It was such an empowering experience that I am now giving back and empowering other parents in navigating the process.” – Parent of a child with Down Syndrome
“The advocate assigned to us listened to my concerns and made helpful suggestions for courses of action. She attended a school meeting with me and assisted me in filing a State Complaint. The advocate did not make decisions for me but helped me think through the presenting factors and make sound decisions for myself. The progress we made is something I feel I would not have been able to do without AJE.” – Parent of a child with Other Health Impairment
“AJE was the best thing that has ever happened to me and my child. Before using AJE services I had no support from the school system. When I had concerns, I wasn’t given the support and/or resources that could have been provided from the school to help my son become successful. My son has been given a fair chance because of AJE.” – Parent of a child with behavioral needs
“I contacted AJE seeking assistance with special education problems at my son’s school. I was frustrated and at my wits end. AJE was able to assign an advocate to assist me who not only attended meetings with me but also educated me on the special education process. AJE is a magnificent, trusted and valuable organization to have in the District of Columbia.” – Parent of a child with Emotional Disturbance
AJE COVID-19 UPDATE:
We are taking the recommended precautions for the safety of our staff, families, and partners, and to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), by changing how we work and serve DC families.
As of Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice:
*All AJE staff is working remotely.
*AJE intake sites at Mary’s Center and the DC Office of Administrative Hearings are closed.
*All in-person scheduled trainings are canceled.
During this time, our staff remain available to assist and support families and professionals by phone and email. For assistance, please call 202-678-8060, press 1 to reach our intake line and leave a detailed message. We are returning calls as soon as possible. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are working on providing new trainings and workshops online and will provide a schedule of our virtual trainings as they are developed. In the meantime, please view our recorded webinars here to continue to build your knowledge base.
For questions about distance learning during school closures, accessing meals and other assistance, please see available resources here.
We will continue to monitor and assess evolving events and will update you on new developments, resources, and changes to our operations. To obtain updates, follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and sign-up to receive our e-News & Updates: