Consider when Selecting an Expert
by Rosemary N. Palmer, Esq. for Harbor House Law <www.harborhouselaw.com>
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Although evaluators and their reports are essential to
successful advocacy, evaluators are rarely selected with the
goal of making advocacy and/or litigation more effective,
easier, or less costly. 
When parents choose individuals to evaluate their child, many
factors influence the decision-making process - convenience,
license or credentials, reputation, insurance issues, office
location, referral from a health care provider, recommendation
by a friend, family or school employee - unfortunately, even
ads in the yellow pages.
A professional license does not guarantee competence. How
should parents approach the task of finding competent experts?
Your task is to find an evaluator or evaluators who are
knowledgeable about the child's disability. Evaluators work in
the private sector, university medical centers, children's
hospitals, and child development centers.
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