Special Education Compliance Group was founded in 2011 as a resource for Special Education directors at public schools and charter schools in Arizona to assist them in achieving ongoing compliance with federal and state regulations. Special Education Compliance Group offers a variety of services including consulting, program assessment, mentoring, special monitoring and staff development. In early 2012 SECG expanded to include special education advocacy for parents and Facilitated IEP meetings.
Bob Fitzsimmons has over thirty years of experience in Special Education in Arizona and Indiana as a Complaint Investigator, Assistant Superintendent, Principal and special education teacher. Working with administrators, teachers and parents, Bob has a keen understanding and appreciation of the challenges and issues each group faces while striving to achieve the best education for children with special needs.
As Complaint Investigator in the Office of Dispute Resolution (Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services), Bob honed his knowledge and expertise with Federal and State Special Education regulations. He monitored Corrective Action and advised districts and charters as they took steps to bring their programs into compliance. He evaluated written action plans and advised districts and charters about how to fine-tune their plans and how to set-up procedures to ensure ongoing compliance with federal and state regulations.
As a former Assistant Superintendent, Principal and teacher at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), Bob has worked with students of all ages, many of whom, in addition to having hearing and visual disabilities, had specific learning disabilities (SLD), emotional disabilities (ED), autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), multiple disabilities (MD), and multiple disabilities with severe sensory impairment (MDSSI). While at ASDB, Bob became a recognized leader in the area of compliance and Individualized Education Program (IEP) issues, as well as the go-to person for guidance about how to conduct IEP meetings and how to write IEPs that met the requirements of the regulations while communicating clearly to all stake holders so that clarity and accountability were assured.