Educational Consultant, New England Educational Advocacy
Angela (Timpone) Gowans lives in Beverly, MA, and Montpelier, VT with her husband, Robert, and three sons, Tristan, Dylan, and Liam. She parents two childrenwith disabilities and understands the daily choices and challenges that families face.
Since 2005, Angela has worked with families throughout the United States and Ireland, to advocate for an appropriate education for their children with disabilities. Prior to that, I worked for then-Congressman, now Senator Bernie Sanders, and the American Federation of Teachers as a lobbyist. Angela has a broad understanding of state and federal education laws that she brings to her practice of educational advocacy.
“I bring my vast political and legislative knowledge to help problem-solve and advocate for children with special needs,” explained Angela.
Her family-centered practice focuses on building collaborative teams (school and parents) that get win-win results. Angela uses my training as an advocate; as a MA state-certified mediator; and as a family coach along with, collaborating with several attorneys and independent educational professionals (i.e.: doctors, special educators, neuropsychologists, SLPs, OTs, PTs, agencies, and consultants) to help families navigate the complex education and service systems including secure out-district placements or appropriate in-district placements. Angela represents families from initial evaluations through mediation.
Angela serves on the following boards: New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC) Advisory Committee; the Landmark School Parents’ Association; Founder of Camp Kaleidoscope; U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s Disability Advisory Council; and was the first parent member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program advisory board at the University of Vermont School of Medicine.
Disclosures for Perkins CVI: Collaboration for Change
Angela Gowans is not being paid for her presentation, but her registration fees are being waived.
Angela Gowans does not have any nonfinancial relationships to disclose.