Schools often don’t meet the individual academic and behavioral needs of students even though they have a clearly defined Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504. Parents get frustrated and angry and have unproductive meetings with principals, teachers and support staff. The Memphis Lift SPED team is here to help. We teach, support and guide parents to show them how to move from emotion to advocacy so your child can succeed. Our services are free.

SPED helps families

SPED helps any parent who believes their child may need to be tested for services, has a child who already carries a document (IEP or 504), and/or supports a child with special needs.


Parents, grandparents and guardians get the knowledge and tools they need to create a safe and supportive learning environment for their kids. In 10 workshops we cover:

  • Basic Rights (Partnered with STEP-TN)
  • Basic Terms to Know
  • IEP vs 504
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Part I
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Part II
  • RTI – Response to Intervention & Instruction
  • RTI²
  • RTI² + Behavior
  • Transitioning
  • Conservatorship
Ways we uplift parents:
  • Have consultations with families to talk about issues and develop a plan of action
  • Teach parents what to do to ensure the IEP or 504 is followed
  • Make sure schools provide necessary documents
  • Attend IEP and 504 meetings to observe, support and negotiate
  • Speak on behalf of parents if they cannot attend
  • Make referrals to resources including mental health facilities, mobile crisis numbers, Transforming Autism, STEP TN, ARC of Memphis, Disabilities Rights of Tennessee and National Alliance of Mental Health

“Sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.”
– Unknown

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