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. And have fun!

My boys and I with Congressman Pitts
My boys and I with Congressman Pitts (retired)

About Lisa Lightner:

  • Epilepsy Foundation EPAC Member-Epilepsy Policy Advisory Committee;  provides input on the Foundation’s annual policy agenda and position on new and/or complex issues.
  • Professional Special Education Advocate, completion of COPAA Advanced Advocate Certificate, expected March 2020.
  • Completed a 12-week certification course for Special Education Advocacy, 2011.
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Devereux Board of Trustees- Devereux Family Advisory Board (current)
  • COPAA, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, a member in good standing.
  • 2012 Arc of Chester County Special Education Advocate of the year
  • Board member for Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition, 2013-2015; Secretary/Executive Committee for 2014-2015
  • Former Chairperson Chester County Right to Education Task Force, 3 years.
  • Featured Speaker for Global Genes Rare Disease Day, 2020
  • Participant/Member of Little Lobbyists, many lobbying visits.
  • Have testified before PA State Special Education Funding Commission
  • PA State Education Branch of NAACP on issues related to Disability Community, testified before the committee.
  • Testified before PA State Senate Education Committee (3x).
  • Parent Advisory Board, PA Education Voters.
  • Worked with US Dept of Justice on complaints related to PA and disabled children in AEDY programs.
  • Former Board Member, Dup15Q Alliance (when it was IDEAS).
  • Former Board Member, PEAC-PA Education for All Coalition.
  • Shot at Life Champion and Credentialed Lobbyist for UN Foundation.
  • Fellow for Save the Children
  • PTO President, Devereux CARES, 4 years, Secretary, 3 years.
  • Former Instructor for county Adult Vocational Program.
Me, Kevin and Governor Ed Rendell
Me, Governor Rendell and Kevin trying to steal the Governor’s iPad.
My boys with Governor Corbett
My boys with Governor Corbett, Special Education Funding Reform
Kevin and I with Little Lobbyists and Congresswoman Scanlon
Kevin and I with Little Lobbyists and Congresswoman Scanlon
Kevin and I with State Rep Christina Sappey.

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world rare disease day 2020

About the Blog and Podcast reach:

  • Monthly Page Views: 500,000
  • Monthly Listens-10,000
  • Facebook Page-78,000
  • Pinterest-28,000
  • 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
  • NBC 10 as a “blog to watch” in 2011
  • CBS 3 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
Gun Sense Voters with State Senator Andy Dinniman
Moms and Gun Sense Voters with State Senator Andy Dinniman

…”Professional Advocate extraordinaire…”

My boys and Blake's boys, Senator Casey office
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 Savings.com.
  • 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 (PDF pending).
Kevin with State Senator Andy Dinniman
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 Lisa at ADayInOurShoes.com.

Kevin 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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