Wendell Hutchinson

Founder, Managing Attorney

Wendell obtained his Bachelor of Public Administration degree from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law. He has been a member of the Mississippi Bar for over 25 years. Wendell has worked as an attorney for the State of Mississippi, in the nonprofit sector, and in private practice.

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Specialized Career

Further, Wendell has over 15 years of experience in the field of special education law. While specializing in this field, he has advocated for and represented children with disabilities to ensure they receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. In part, this representation has consisted of providing legal supervision and consultation to education advocates on individual special education cases. Also, Wendell has represented children with disabilities in administrative proceedings and court proceedings. Further, he has worked on systemic projects to bring about systems change in special education in Mississippi.

Wendell is the founder of Special Education Advocacy Services (SEAS). He recognized there are inadequate services available in Mississippi for parents who have children with disabilities. Wendell created SEAS to meet the unmet need for both advocacy and legal services in the field of special education.

Additionally, Wendell co-founded and serves as the Executive Director of Advocates Assisting Students with Disabilities (AASD). AASD is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing advocacy services on behalf of students with disabilities from lower economic households. Like SEAS, AASD’s mission is to ensure appropriate educational services are provided to children with disabilities.

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Angela Rogers

Managing Director of Advocacy

Angela Rogers, BA, MS, RBT is an Advocate, Chairman, and Philanthropist. She is well-known for her endless efforts towards advocacy, autism, applied behavior analysis and development, disability rights, and special needs.

Early Life and Education

Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Ms. Rogers later moved along the Gulf Coast in the southeast.  She attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she attained her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. She recently graduated with a MS in Applied Behavior Analysis through Mississippi State University. She also holds credentials as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

Specialized Career

Angela’s activity in healthcare developed nearly 20 years of relative experience, combined with a current career pursuit as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She possesses a proven track record of success in assisting parents of individuals with disabilities in understanding their child’s unique needs in the home, natural environment, and school settings {Rights violations and the development of appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs), and providing professional activities with optimal outcomes to those in need.

Ms. Rogers has performed duties as a Special Education Advocate, Mental Health Investigator, Social Security Representative Payee Investigator, Board Member for Together Enhancing Autism Awareness (TEAAM), and Board Member for Disability Connection.

Additionally, Angela has taught Parenting Autism at community education facilities, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) training, as well as disability rights training and Parent/Caregiver IDEA training for the Exceptional Family Members Program (EFMP) for Keesler AFB, the Naval Construction Battalion Center, and numerous school districts within the southern  Mississippi region.