WHAT WE DO

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY
 

  • Assist with getting identified for services

  • Adjust and enforce existing IEPs, 504s, or service plans

  • Additional and related services:

  • Attend meetings

  • Facilitate communication between families and schools

  • Provide consultative observations

  • File complaints when other options have been exhausted

  • Provide education and information on disabilities and disability-related issues for students, educators, and providers
     

WHAT WE DO

TRANSITION SERVICES
 

  • Explore vocational or college programs 

  • Work successfully with college disability services

  • Build resumes

  • Apply for paid or volunteer positions 

  • Provide job accommodation guidance 

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WHAT WE DO

COMMUNITY & BENEFITS ACCESS
 

  • Prepare Social Security applications and appeals 

  • Assist in Board of Developmental Disabilities eligibility assistance

  • Provide guidance on Medicare, Medicaid, , guardianship and POA

  • Provide Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guidance 

  • Advocate for clients in daycare and other community programs. 

  • Link to benefits, provider options, and housing and transportation

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION & ROOTS
 

Bright Horizons'  mission is to provide high quality affordable advocacy services so  people with disabilities reach their full potential and participate in their communities.

Bright Horizons was founded in 2013 by Jennifer Kirby and her colleague Victoria Watts, when the agency at which they provided special education advocacy took a different path.  From both personal and professional experience, they saw an ongoing need for individual and  family support and advocacy, as did the United Way of Greater Toledo, which helped support development of a new agency. Bright Horizons became a Board-directed non-profit in 2016.

WHO WE ARE

OUR PROMISE
 

Although we are  a non-profit, we do still have to charge fees to be able to pay our staff, because grants and donations do not cover our costs.  However, we promise that  you will have the benefit of decades of care, knowledge and experience , as well as fewer barriers to service than most free services have, while still at more affordable rates than a private attorney or consultant.

We promise that our staff will get to know you and your family, and strive to meet your needs.  We cannot promise every desired  outcome, but we can promise our best effort, and an honest assessment of what is required for an entity to do, versus what may not be required, but is still reasonable to expect.

Thank you in advance for considering Bright Horizons!

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MEET OUR TEAM:
JENNIFER KIRBY

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Jennifer, who has cerebral palsy, benefited from her mother's strong advocacy since preschool  and the support of some great teachers throughout the years. With this grounding, Jennifer went on to obtain her Bachelor degree in History, a Master's in Library Science, a Master's in Organizational Leadership, and a graduate certificate in Autism Intervention. Jennifer is well versed an applicable laws, and is sometimes mistaken for an attorney, but is not an attorney.

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING DISABILITY RIGHTS

Thanks to Green Options for Autism for supporting our work  and being a great autism resource for  students and young  adults with autism in our community.

Click below to learn more about them.

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EMAIL OUR TEAM

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Both Jennifer and Victoria are very knowledgeable about the rights of students with disabilities and were

an invaluable help when dealing with my child's school. Without their knowledge, expertise and assistance,

I truly believe my child would not

have received the services

they needed at school.

-- Christina

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