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Meet Angela West-Brown of ARWBrown Educational Coaching Services in Lithonia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela West-Brown.

Angela , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always loved learning and sharing information. My ultimate passion is inspiring others to become lifelong learners and constantly evolve into their greatest version. After working within the University Financial Aid office, I’ve seen so many first generation and freshman college students unaware of the Financial Aid process. I started hosting FAFSA Academy workshops around the local community. Many parents were so thankful and word spread fairly quickly about the monthly workshops to Georgia Student Finance Commission, local Library systems, etc. We began to partner monthly as well to provide FAFSA Academy workshops for the community. I then began working with the Department of Family and Children Services Aged, Blind, disability Unit. I realized the hidden pieces to the puzzle when it comes to waiver programs such as COMP/NOW and the disconnect between State and Federal. I then decided to write my book, “Lost and Found” to share my experiences and the resources I’ve found to help special needs parents prepare their child for life after high school. I was on a mission from this moment on to continue to connect the dots for families across the nation.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The inspiration to write my book came from my experiences with my sister. My sister has an intellectual disability and I believe that if my grandmother had the resources, guidance, and support needed throughout High School, my sister would not be lost to the streets. My family would have saved a lot of heartache & pain.
I knew the damage had already been done with my sister, but I wanted to help others prevent the issues we faced by providing awareness, preparation and resources in my book. Here’s the thing, after a few months of my book being published on Amazon I felt like I’d hit a brick wall. I could not find my community. When I finally found them, I didn’t know how to support them or speak their language. I stumbled across a Master IEP Coach Mentorship & Training program and I knew in my spirit this was the way to go!! I was so excited. it’s been a long journey and it feels good to finally know how to support the special needs community beyond my book though trainings, consultations, courses and workshops.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ARWBrown Educational Coaching Services – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business provides solutions, real life strategies, and resources to help parents of teens with Intellectual disabilities fight through their fear of the unknown by planning with confidence through IEP Goals and High school Transition planning. Preparation is key and my families leave feeling empowered when thinking about “what’s next” for their teen with special needs. I provide IEP Consultations , 1:1 IEP Coaching, Group IEP Coaching, Adult Transition planning workshops, First-Year College Navigation, FAFSA Academy Workshops and Life Skills information sessions.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I am able to connect to my special needs families because I am a sibling, of a special needs sibling. There is a undeniable connection I share with mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of teens with intellectual disabilities because they know I “get it” I feel the same mix of emotions they do and I know where they are in every stage of the journey because I’ve been there. They are able to bring their truth to me and trust that I will take care of them and give my all. We will conquer every stage of their growth together and come out in the end empowered and ready for the next phase of life, “adulthood. ” Their loved one will succeed and rise beyond set limitations in their own unique way.

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