Shenikwa Medlock is a wife of 22 years and mother of four children with varying disabilities. She assists families with challenges with Education Law, including Special Education, creating education powers of attorney, dealing with civil rights violations of students and adults with disabilities, Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Cleary Act, State Education, Office for Civil Rights, Texas Health and Human Services, Title IX, Texas Department of Insurance Complaints. Shenikwa completed COPAA SEAT training and Practicum training with Cirkiel & Associates, P.C. and received COPAA’s Advanced Advocate Designation. COPAA Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) 4th Cohort graduate and now a SEAT 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 instructor.
Shenikwa Medlock began her journey advocating for her now 21year old daughter when she was 5 years old. Shenikwa a made transition to Education Advocacy as a professional career choice in 2010.
She opened her own advocacy business in 2012. Previously volunteered with Texas’ Parent Training and Information Center, Partners Resource Network as a Volunteer Parent Leader, and Texas Parent 2 Parent as a Parent Match Volunteer. She is a paralegal with an active member designation in the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division. She is also a Commissioned Notary Public in the State of Texas.
Shenikwa’s business helps, families in special education matters: IEP/ Special Education, 504 / Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD), Manifestation Determination Review (MDR), Administrative Hearing and more.
Mrs. Medlock provides Continuing Legal Education and professional services for families, attorneys, and paralegals on a variety of education subject matter: Administrative Hearing, Power of Attorney, Notary, Screen recording Audio Recording for hearings, meetings, subtitles, closed captioning and etc.
Shenikwa Medlock finds that while often entrepreneurs and business owners have a passion for their work, they often leave out “the business” part of running their business. Encountering too many advocates and attorneys (especially individuals assisting underserved communities) going out of business, Shenikwa extended her business to helping other businesses shift their response to creating a sustainable business. Shenikwa communicates her wisdom of working as a business owner. Her expertise is identifying mental blocks to increase quality client acquisition and retention of clients as effective practices for a successful business.
Her Volunteer efforts include Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of the Social Racial Equity Committee for Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates. National Alliance on Mental Illness, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Dallas Southern Sector Affiliate and is a Facilitator for both NAMI Family Support Group and NAMI Basics. Prior to speaking and engaging on subjects of Special Education. I could make it longer… you can add, just keep in mind our entire package must be 15 pages or less.