Offering readers a glimpse into her son’s heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant story, author and mother, Elaine Mellon, unmasks a compelling portrait of the astonishing and overwhelmingly frustrating experiences and roadblocks she faced. Her new book, unREAL Education: Beyond Report Cards (Second Edition), offers a powerful expose’ on the public school system (both good and not so good) through the true story of her son’s academic struggles.
Through the telling of Elaine’s son’s story and listening to others, she hopes this special event will emotionally support and empower parents as they navigate the Special Ed system. Her book covers her son’s 24 years from birth to post college and REAL Life. She calls it the good, the bad and the ugly of Special Ed as there is plenty of all three. Elaine has some very specific advice to parents which were given to her and as she claims “saved her sanity”.
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About Your Speaker: Elaine Mellon holds a Master of Science/Certificate of Advanced Study (MS/CAS) in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling. Her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Elaine has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer throughout her children’s school years. For two years she was a PTA President, a Girl Scout Leader for six and held various other key positions in her children’s district.
Elaine has an understanding of special education both academically and through personal experience. She learned the basic foundation in her graduate studies, but ongoing research and advanced training became imperative so she could actively and effectively advocate for her son. She accomplished this by reading, attending workshops and seminars including those online, and participating in conferences.
Through this book, Elaine is hoping others will be helped, encouraged and supported as they navigate their way through the educational system, becoming a stronger, more effective and efficient advocate for their children. Elaine also hopes to offer insight for future and current teachers as to the difficulties of special ed students and their families through Blake’s story, a personal mini case study.
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