Our Story

Erin Richardson, SEAC’s Co-Director for Advocacy, began dreaming about this organization in the mid-2000s, when it became apparent to her that parents advocating for the educational rights of their children were facing significant challenges. Erin and her family moved from New Jersey to Tennessee in 2004 and experienced these obstacles first-hand when they attempted to secure appropriate services for their son with autism in their new school district. It was then she decided she wanted to devote herself to helping other families navigate the special education system on behalf of their children.

In 2011, the Special Education Advocacy Center (SEAC) was formed and truly was the culmination of many years of thought, discussion, and planning.