myEdGPS is a new free online tool to help families with autistic and special needs children. It provides “education navigation,” a way that parents can fully understand the process certain schools have for helping special needs students.
myEdGPS founder Adam Goldberg is the CEO of Goldberg Center for Educational Planning. In 2008 he launched EnCompass Education Solutions LLC, an information hub for autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities. His new online venture is designed to allow parents to make practical decisions about their children’s education through an easy-to-use web portal.
Presently the site is in private beta, and interested parents can sign up through the main page.
Parent visitors are asked to answer a fill in the blank “My child struggles with …” before delving deeper into the site.
A parent then fills in more details about their child including their age, information about any formal evaluations they may have had, and whether or not they are in an individualized education program, or IEP. An IEP is an education plan that occurs through a student’s primary grade school years and is individually designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of learning disorders.
From there, the website offers parents the ability to get the most out of the school system. Parents can make a formal request for an evaluation from a school, use the built-in calendar which populates with important dates and events, and keep track of all gathered materials through their online account.
“Most parents would surf the Internet for half a day and probably miss out on nuances to allow their child to have the chance to get services from school,” founder Goldberg said. “Parents are in a highly emotional state and are trying to make sense of it. We help them by providing step-by-step navigation.”