Nicole Koplik, Nicole’s journey to becoming an advocate was not a planned one. Nicole was born and raised in the New York Catskill Mountains. She moved to the south and earned her degree in Interior Design and Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design and pursued her career as an artist and business owner. Once she became the mother of 3 neurodivergent boys in the public school system she quickly realized the importance of understanding and asserting one’s special education rights. After several years of advocating for her own children, other parents began approaching her for help. She recognized how many families needed help to navigate the special education process and has now been an advocate for over a decade. Nicole currently works at the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. She has assisted hundreds of clients across Georgia in acquiring special education support through direct training and advocacy support for parents and teachers on the special education process.