Tyler Dawson


​(With two of his  four sons

Patrick and Joshua) Tyler is the father of four amazing boys, two of which have special needs. His passion for advocacy comes from supporting his autistic son's in there educational journey. 

The Determined Parents Foundation provides recommendations and guidance to build a highly individualized plan for each child receiving special education services through student, parent, advocate, and IEP team collaboration guided by state and federal laws and the needs of the student.

Seeing a child succeed and progress in school and be provided with an education equal to and included with their typical peers with accommodations, services, supports, and modifications is our motivation and goal for each child and family we serve.


IEP and 504 Review
IEP and 504 Recommendations
School and Home Observations and Recommendations
IEP Meeting & Mediation Attendance
Special Education Law -IDEA & FAPE (we do not provide legal advice)
Parental Guidance & Advice
Telephone and Email Support
Resource Referral
Local Support Group

 Board of Directors

About Us

Heidi Dawson


Educational/Disabilities Advocate

(With one of her sons Patrick) Heidi is the mother of four boys and the keep her extremely busy! Two of her son's are autistic. Her drive to help parent's like her has set her on the advocate path where she works daily to guide and lift up special needs parents like her. She has worked for the last nine years advocating for her boys. After finding out first hand the cost of acquiring an advocate, she turned her focus on making this service available to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Angela Curtis-Polley

Vice President

Educational/Disabilities Advocate

(With her son Collin)

Angela began her journey to advocacy with the diagnosis of her son, Collin. She has worked tirelessly for 11 years with other special needs families to gain supports for their children and guide them through the IEP process. Angela joined the foundation to help make sure that advocate services where available to all who needed them without the worry of how to pay.