About The DCA

About the Dickman Consulting Alliance

More than 30 years ago I decided to focus my legal career on helping children and adults with special needs. I am not alone. One incredible benefit of this career choice has been to come to know some of the most gracious, generous, intelligent, learned, and dedicated people in the world. The lawyers and staff in my office are committed to a culture where improving the life of individuals with special needs is a personal goal and a shared mission.

My involvement with national and international organizations and with federal educational initiatives has allowed me to develop life long friends and colleagues among experts in educational research, research-based practice, and staff development. These individuals are doing research for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD of the NIH) and U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).

Michael Fullan has said, “The greatest problem faced by schools is … the fragmentation, overload and incoherence resulting from the uncritical acceptance of too many different innovations.??? This is an example of one of the areas where the Dickman Consulting Alliance (DCA) can be of help. The faculty of DCA can sift, sort, categorize, evaluate, and finally recommend the “innovations??? with the greatest potential to satisfy the need presented. The purpose of DCA is to provide an unquestionably authoritative resource to parents, school systems, advocates, agencies, and others seeking to improve outcomes and the quality of life for all individuals with special needs.

Unfortunately, the internet provides a forum for many who talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk. Where is a school district or parent to go for confirmation when a particular program offers to train a teacher to effectively deliver a sophisticated research–based program in a weekend, at limited cost, with minimal effort? As a rule of thumb: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. DCA is recognized as an authoritative guide to navigate caring individuals and professionals through the forest of sounds good to arrive at a destination that is good.

For 30 years families caring for children with life long special needs have helped us develop a unique person centered approach to preserving family values and ensuring the quality of life of the family member with the disability. A person centered perspective not only allows for the preservation of assets, but also for the knowledgeable, compassionate, and burden free transfer of care giving responsibility. When the time comes, the individual with special needs should have the financial, professional, and caring support required to ensure the survival of family values and a quality and happy life.

DCA is intended as a home for “caring professionals helping people with special needs. It is our wish that the interest or need that brought you to this web site is fulfilled beyond your hope and expectation.

 

Emerson