HLD Advocates are dedicated to assuring our students are given the resources and support they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. We assess the particular needs of each child and work with the family and school to assure that the school system provides appropriate free education support to the student. If necessary, we inform parents about process alternatives including legal rights. We can support parents in interfacing with the school or in court with expert testimony if necessary. 




Meet the Owner


Stacey Dworin, President of HLD Advocates, is a Special Education Teacher  for Montgomery County Public Schools. Stacey provides

 intensive reading, writing, and mathematic instruction inside and outside the general education classroom. She counsels general education teachers and worked extensively with  parents in developing instructional and behavioral plans. Stacey administers formal and informal special education testing.


Ms. Dworin earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from The University of Arizona. Stacey received a Masters degree in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and certifications as a Pupil Personnel Worker and School Administrator. Stacey has taught and counseled

 students with various disabilities: facilitated, organized, and prepared IEP meetings; and assisted with educational placements. Stacey has dedicated her career to helping students with disabilities and their families.


Stacey specializes in children with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and behavioral disorders. Ms. Dworin is a member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates) and CEC (Council for Exceptional Children).


 Stacey enjoys teaching but she was concerned about the quality of education students with special needs in the United States are receiving.  Some of these concerns have to do with the current level of understanding about special needs students among administrators and general education teachers, assessment techniques used for placement, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and related services. After having written at least 200 IEPs, assessed as many students and educated parents about the basics of special education and special education law, she felt she could make a bigger difference in the education of this special group of children by becoming a special education consultant.


"  All children can learn with the proper tools and environment"