I thought I was going to live in Israel and work as an attorney. I graduated from the law school (University of Pennsylvania), passed the PA bar, moved to Israel, passed the Israel bar, and directed a domestic violence clinic, the Legal Aid for the Elderly, lobbied the Knesset to change a law, represented clients before the Rabbinical Court, and worked in internal investigations at the police headquarters.
In the past 25 years, my life has evolved in a direction that I never could have anticipated. I moved back to the U.S because a family member required medical treatment. I passed the Massachusetts bar exam, completed a master’s degree in child development, and worked at Children’s Hospital Boston and at Dimock Center as an early intervention provider. I identified infants and toddlers who had early signs of Autism and mental illness. worked side by side with ABA (Applied Behavioral Health) providers and with social workers, treating children and families. Some of my clients had significant Autism, others had what was referred to as ‘Asperger’s’.
I became interested in the field of special education advocacy when one of my early intervention clients was having difficulty obtaining services from the local school district. I learned the relevant special education law and offered to attend the meeting on the family’s behalf. They obtained the private placement that they requested. Recognizing that I had a talent for consultation and advocacy, other families asked me to join them at school meetings or to advise them.