Student Advocacy & Support Services

The role of the Student Advocacy and Support Services (SASS) Department is to support Lawrence School students and families during public school processes related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (state and federal special education law).

Our SASS Department assists families with the Ohio Department of Education’s non-public special needs scholarship programs (Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarship) and is Lawrence’s liaisons with public school systems.

  • We partner with Lawrence families in maintaining Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Multi-Factored Evaluations (MFEs), Evaluation Team Reports (ETRs) and IEP progress reports, and coordinate the state of Ohio’s mandated testing requirements for the school.
  • We prepare documents to share with public school districts so that the needs of students in Lawrence’s unique learning environment can be communicated.
  • We attend meetings with parents, advocate for student needs and translate the public school processes and system so that our families can benefit from non-public opportunities.
Denise Brown-Triolo, Ph.D.

Denise Brown-Triolo, Ph.D.

Director of Student Advocacy and Support Services
Upper and Lower School

How Can SASS Help Families and Students at Lawrence?

Meet Our Team

Kera Donovan, Ph.D.

School Psychologist
Upper School
Kathy Lang

Kathy Lang

Upper School Executive Assistant
Upper School
Kim Linehan

Kim Linehan

School Psychologist
Upper School
Ruth McLaughlin

Ruth McLaughlin

School Psychologist
Lower School
Amy Sheeler

Amy Sheeler

School Psychologist
Lower School