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Christine Riley sitting

Christine is trained in and passionate about helping families achieve the most appropriate education for their children with learning challenges.


She established Cape Cod Advocate in 2005 to provide educational consultation and advocacy for children of all ages and disabilities. Since then, she's advocated for hundreds of families in every school district on Cape Cod and the Islands.


Christine has trained other advocates since 2006 and is prominent in the field in Massachusetts, serving in leadership roles for several  professional organizations.

Education & Training
  • Trained as an Education Advocate and Parent Consultant through the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Wrightslaw, Suffolk Law School Advanced Legal Studies, SEAT and ISEA

  • B.A., Paralegal Studies, Marymount University, 1985 

  • Regularly attends workshops, conferences and continuing education programs to stay current within the field.

Professional Associations
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs, trainer

  • Special Needs Advisory Network-Massachusetts, member and former Board member

  • National Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates, member

  • Aspergers Association of New England, member

  • Owner and Founder, Cape Cod Advocate, since 2002

  • Executive Board Member, Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School

  • Chairman of the Board, St. Peter's Nursery School

  • Instructor, Paralegal Courses, Cape Cod Community College

  • Her 20 years of experience as a paralegal with area law firms and on Capitol Hill facilitates her ability to interpret and obtain maximum benefit from federal and state laws and regulations:

    • Rehabilitation Action of 1973 

    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

    • Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) 

    • No Child Left Behind 

    • MGLA Chapter 71B

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