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An Advocate’s Journey
Episode 1257th February 2023 • Special Education Advocacy with Ashley Barlow • Ashley Barlow
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The #1 question people ask me after consultations is, “How do I become an advocate?”  Tons of parents and educators see the important work of advocacy and get curious!  How do advocates become advocates?  Just like that!!!  Today we’ll hear from Lisa Richer, an advocate that has developed a system called RIPE Ideas, about her advocacy journey!  I bet you’ll be able to picture yourself in her shoes!  



Meet my guest:

Lisa Richer is a certified Neurodiversity Consultant who believes we must first seek to understand the learner in order to effectively support them in all learning and development goals. As a parent of 2 neurodivergent boys, more than 20 years combined Leadership, Human Resources, Training, Neurodiversity Consulting experience, and years as an Elite level athlete, Lisa leverages her lived experiences and professional training in her consultancy, Journey 2 Bloom. Through the lens of her RiPE iDEAS™ framework, she simplifies the neurodiverse learning journey by connecting parents and educators with resources, tools, along with providing advisory services to help them navigate the complex and often overwhelming learning journey. Lisa’s certifications and training include Cognassist Neurodiversity Master Class Certificate, Parent Education for Behavioral Services Training, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, COPAA Special Education Advocate Training(SEAT) 2.0 Graduate, COPAA Advanced Advocate Certificate and Expectations Matter Person Centered Planning Trainer She is a sought-after podcast guest and speaker on Neurodiversity and Inclusion, in addition, she serves as Neurodiverse Learners Advisory Committee Chair at The Mandala School, an Executive Board Member of TRLA Autism Community and a founding partner of The Empowered Parent. Reach out to Lisa and learn more at


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