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Educational Advocacy
IEP/ 504 Planning, Tutoring, Educational Support

Navigating the demands of school for any child can be challenging, let alone a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Studies show that 25% of parents report an academic decline in their child since the cancer diagnosis. In addition to the academic challenges, students with cancer (and their siblings) are at a great risk for absenteeism. 


The Austin Hatcher Foundation helps to identify the academic and social-emotional needs of its students. AHF licensed Guidance Counselor is here to educate parents and caregivers on educational resources, such as Section 504 Plan, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a Student Support Plan (SSP). 


The Foundation’s Educational Advocacy can also help in the following areas: 

  • Absenteeism / Truancy: 

    • Identifying key personnel and the documentation needed to stay compliant  

  • Academic Tutoring: 

    • Academic areas of concern 

  • Organizational and Time Management Skills 

  • Regulation Strategies and Social Skills 

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies

  • Kindergarten Readiness

  • Middle School Readiness

  • College/Career Counseling

  • Social and Empathy Training

Navigating school is also about building the right relationships with key stakeholders. The Austin Hatcher Foundation will educate and advocate parents/caregivers with the imperative need to connect with the School Nurse, School Counselor, and/or Social Worker.

Contact our Education Support Navigator:

Rocco Mansueto

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