Founder and Director
          Noreen J. O’Mahoney, S.D.A., C.S.W.

    Collaborative Advocacy Associates was founded by Noreen J. O’Mahoney.          Ms.
O’Mahoney is a special education advocate whose commitment to collaborative
advocacy has been developed professionally, as well as through her role as a parent of
children with special learning needs.
    Ms. O’Mahoney received her advanced degree in School District Administration
from the State University of New York, and her Masters in Social Work from
Syracuse University.  She is a licensed School District Administrator and School
Social Worker with over 25 years experience in Connecticut and New York.

    She has served as: a member of numerous child study teams; chair of parent advisory committees; chair of Committees on Special
Education; program development specialist of individualized case coordination councils; clinical coordinator of an alternative high school. She
has also trained school personnel on a statewide level to identify and service children’s unique academic and emotional needs. As a special
education advocate, she has completed numerous special education and advocacy training programs, including the State of Connecticut’s
respected Partners in Policymaking Program.  
    Ms. O’Mahoney is a member of the executive board of SPED*NET, the Special Education Network of Wilton, Ltd,. a non-profit organization
providing a monthly community forum for discussing and promoting understanding of special education issues. She is on the Professional
Advisory Board of SmartKIDS with Learning Disabilities, a CT-based, non-profit organization that supports efforts on behalf of children with
LD and ADHD. She is a member of the Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD), and a member
of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), an independent, non-profit, Washington, D.C. - based organization of attorneys,
advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.
    The author of numerous professional articles on special education advocacy, Ms. O'Mahoney has been an invited presenter at statewide
conferences and parent training seminars. In addition, she makes herself available to speak to organizations seeking to educate and empower
parents with the information they need to become effective advocates on behalf of their children.

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