Ronnetta Stanley is indicative of the strength, resolve, patience, and passion that a special education advocate must possess. Her journey with special education is deeply personal. Unknowingly, it began when her son displayed unexpected differences. Her weakest days proved to be the greatest source of strength. Using her FAITH as the compass, she began to receive the knowledge needed to make a difference in her son’s life and others. Ronnetta made the choice to take life’s lemons and make lemonade, creating Loud Voices Together Educational Advocacy Group, Inc. As a non-attorney special education advocate, Ronnetta has fostered a network of invaluable resources to assist differently-abled children and their families with a myriad of possible resolutions.
Ronnetta’s extensive experience as an advocate, has earned her the respect of many throughout the State of Maryland. She is a paralegal by training and education and well versed in parents' and students' rights in the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP); Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP); 504 plan; Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), and appropriate educational placements. Ronnetta has been entered as a special education expert witness in Prince George's County Circuit Court by the Honorable Leo E. Green, Jr. (Ret.)
She holds a B.S. in Paralegal Studies with a minor in Business Administration and a Master of Education with a concentration in Education Policy and Leadership from American University. She is currently pursuing additional education opportunities to strengthen her advocacy efforts.
Additionally, Ronnetta has completed extensive advocacy training through the William & Mary Institute of Special Education Advocates (ISEA), under Peter and Pam Wright of Wrightslaw, and with the Council of Parent, Attorneys, and Advocates (COPAA), Special Education Advocates Training (SEAT 2.0) program. Ronnetta is the proud recipient of the 2016 Legislative District 26 "Unsung Hero" for her advocacy efforts. She is a member of COPAA and various local, state, and National advocacy organization. Loud Voices Together received the Governor's Citation in 2018. In 2019, Ronnetta was appointed by Maryland Governor, the Honorable Lawrence Hogan, as a member of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.
Ronnetta Stanley, Founder & Executive Director of Loud Voices Together