Charmaine Thaner has been called a change–maker by parents, teachers, administrators and students. Her advocacy has changed her son, Dylan’s life and hundreds of students with disabilities so they may have richer, more inclusive lives for more than 40 years.
She was a special educator for 15 years, then became a general educator for 15 years and throughout her teaching career was committed to including students that were traditionally marginalized. After retiring she was the Education Specialist at PEAK Parent Center and an adjunct special education instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Charmaine founded her own advocacy business, Collaborative Special Education Advocacy and has been advocating for families since 2009. She has attended countless IEP meetings, many facilitated IEP meetings and mediation sessions on behalf of students with disabilities. Her passion is to use her educational and personal perspectives to support parents and educators to build collaborative relationships.
Working with and learning from others is evident in her daily work and also when Charmaine is speaking at national and state conferences. She has presented for parents and educators at national TASH conferences in Pittsburgh and Denver, InclusionWorks! in Austin, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities in Albuquerque, Connecticut’s Down Syndrome Congress, and for The Idaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services.
Charmaine, her husband Jim, and son Dylan have made Idaho their new home. She has been trying to achieve a balance between her professional life and enjoying three darling grandchildren. To learn more about her services, go to her website, www.cspeda.com. To see photos of her delightful grandchildren, send her a
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