Lisa Lightner, Special Education Advocate


What I do here–share information and resources so that parents can make more informed decisions regarding your child with disabilities and their IEP.

Hire Me as your Advocate

If you are interested in hiring me as an advocate, I am not currently taking any new 1:1 clients. My schedule is already fuller than I’d like it to be. Please respect this and do not email us with your story. We hear a lot of unfortunate stories, and it wears on you. This is exactly why I created the online training that I offer–because there is so much need and so few advocates.

Please feel free to post your question on our chat forums, where every question is answered by an advocate.

If you would like me to do a presentation for your group, you can email us at IEP @ and tell us what you’re looking for.

I do not do evening presentations.

Lisa Lightner is a special education advocate and lobbyist who is pictured with her two sons and former Congressman Joe Pitts
My boys and I with Congressman Pitts (retired)

To contact us, email us at IEP at ADayInOurShoes dot com

If you’re thinking, “where have I seen this before?” here are some media appearances we’ve made.

About Lisa Lightner, Special Education Advocate and Lobbyist

Lisa Lightner is an IEP advocate and lobbyist pictured with her son Kevin and former PA Governor Ed Rendell
Me, Governor Rendell and Kevin trying to steal the Governor’s iPad.
Former PA Governor Tom Corbett is pictured with Kevin and Brian Lightner who were at an event with him due to their mom Lisa Lightner's work in special education funding reform
My boys with Governor Corbett, Special Education Funding Reform
Lisa Lightner a special education advocate is shown with other Little Lobbyists and Congresswoman Mary Scanlon at a lobbying event.
Kevin and I with Little Lobbyists and Congresswoman Scanlon
Lisa Lightner is an IEP advocate and lobbyist shown with her disabled son Kevin and Christina Sappey, State Representative for the PA 158th District.
Kevin and I with State Rep Christina Sappey.

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Lisa Lightner is a special education advocate and lobbyist who was a featured panel speaker at Rare Disease Day 2020


I have a sub-reddit that isn’t terribly active. But, that doesn’t stop redditors from bringing up my name now and then.

lisa lightner special education advocate recommended on reddit
A Day in our shoes is the best IEP advocacy site for parents and is recommended on reddit

About the Blog and Podcast reach:

  • Monthly Page Views: 500,000
  • Monthly Listens-10,000
  • Facebook Page-143,000
  • Personal Facebook Profile-2000 followers
  • PA Parent to Parent, Peer Supporter 5+ years
  • Epilepsy Foundation, EPAC Epilepsy Police Advisory Committee, 2021-2022, 2-year term; providing input on finalizing the Foundation’s annual policy agenda and perspective on the Foundation’s position on new and/or complex policy issues.
  • Featured by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Impatient Optimists” blog
  • EveryLife Foundation-Member of Rare Disease Community Congress
  • Sesame Place-ambassador, 4 years
  • National Constitution Center-Family Blog Ambassador, 2 years
  • Longwood Gardens- Star Blogger/Ambassador, 2 years
  • Netflix Stream Team ambassador program, 4 years
  • Love, Hallmark blogger program, 3 years
  • Ambassador for Oriental Trading Company
  • Bloganthopy Finalist in 2012
  • CBS3 as a “blog to watch” in 2011
  • NBC10 one of “Philly Most Important Blogs” in 2011
  • Nominated as Circle of Moms “Top Family Blogs” in 2013
  • On the blog rolls of The Chester County Daily Local, The Delco Daily Times, The Kennett Paper
Lisa Lightner is shown with other parent advocates and former PA state senator Andrew Dinniman
Moms and Gun Sense Voters with State Senator Andy Dinniman
Lisa Lightner is called a "professional advocate extraordinaire" by an author on Amazon

…”Professional Advocate extraordinaire…”

Lisa Lightner special education advocate is shown with her sons and others at Senator Casey's office in Washington DC
My boys and I with Blake Emmanuel and her sons, Senator Casey’s office.

Accolades & Media Appearances

  • Featured on PHL 17’s morning show “Eye Opener” in May of 2012.
  • Featured on Ben 95.7’s “Real Mom Radio.”
  • Named a DealPro in 2011 by
  • I also spread the word as a founding Member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, which began 1/1/12.
  • In 2012, I was nominated as a finalist for the Bloganthropy awards and recognized at BlogHer in NYC.
  • In October of 2012, I was chosen for the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of mom bloggers that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
  • Presented (or scheduled to present) at PodCamp East, Brain Recovery Project and numerous local conferences.
  • I have also been published in Parenting Special Needs magazine.
Kevin lightner with State Senator Andy Dinniman, he was in Harrisburg for a lobbying trip for special education funding reform
Kevin with State Senator Andy Dinniman

Lisa Lightner-Other, email.

Kevin at the PA capitol rotunda
Kevin at the PA capitol rotunda.

I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s considered suburban Philadelphia by many and I love that city! However, I always say “I could walk to Delaware or Maryland if I had to” as I am close to both of those state lines. I live here in the heart of Mushroom Country (Yes, you do get used to the smell.) with my husband, two boys and two dogs.

You can email me at IEP at

Kevin Lightner is shown needing a break from lobbying with Representative Roebuck
Kevin needing a break from lobbying with Representative Roebuck; shown with Kim and Mikayla from Mikayla’s Voice (Mikayla has since passed away).

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