Special Education Advocate
Carol Dumas, Founder of Avalanche Advocacy Agency, is an experienced Parent Advocate.
Carol holds a Masters degree in Human Services from UMASS Boston’s College of Public and Community Service. She has received many academic awards and scholarships and graduated Suma Cum Laude. She served as a mentor for UMASS-Boston’s Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program (ICE) helping students with disabilities demonstrate self-advocacy skills in the university setting.
Carol has training in Special Education Advocacy from the Federation for Children with Special Needs; the Federation’s Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) program, Family Ties of Massachusetts parent training and has completed Peter Wright’s Wrightslaw Advanced Special Education Advocacy training.
As a parent activist on the South Shore, Carol has served on the Quincy Parent Advisory Council to Special Education’s executive board (QPAC), as QPAC’s representative to the Quincy City Wide Parent Council and as a founding member of the City of Quincy’s Mayor’s Drug Awareness Task Force.
Carol was the president of the Norfolk County Agricultural High School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
She is the mother of three daughters.
Parent Support Programs
Linda comes to Avalanche Advocacy after a number of years serving as a parent activist in the Quincy area. A former foster parent and now adoptive mother, Linda leads support groups in kinship/adoption issues, and parenting children with challenging behaviors.
Linda holds a Masters degree in Psychology and is a trained mediator under M.G.L. chapter 233 section 23C (Confidentiality Statute).
Linda is an experienced user of Collaborative Problem Solving across all age groups. While not directly affiliated with Think:Kids or Mass General Hospital, Linda is CPS Certified by Think:Kids to provide classes in the Collaborative Problem Solving(™) Model.
She is also trained as a NAMI-Basic teacher and holds twice annual 6-week classes for NAMI Massachusetts's South Shore Affiliate.
Linda has training as a Special Education Surrogate Parent from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and from the Federation’s Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) program, and has attended Special Education Advocacy trainings with Peter Wright of WrightsLaw.
Linda is the adoptive mother of one daughter and has fostered several children in care.
Laura joins our team building on the advocacy techniques she has developed while successfully navigating the Special Education programs for her son in the public school system. She has a unique perspective when it comes to researching social skills programs in the public school system and in the community.
Laura was instrumental in writing a community block grant that saved an important social skills program - now administered by the Quincy YMCA. Without her expertise, this valuable resource for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) would have been lost to budget cuts.
Laura has many years of advocacy experience serving multiple positions on the executive board of the Quincy Parent Advisory Council to Special Education (QPAC), and training through the Federation's Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) program.
After a career as an Income Tax Professional with H&R Block and as a Mortgage Loan Officer with Commonwealth Mortgage Company, Laura is bringing her specialized financial knowledge to assist in our advocacy efforts.
Laura holds a BSBA from Suffolk University and is the mother of a son who is currently attending Wentworth Institute of Technology as a computer science major.