Parents of Students in Special Education (P.O.S.S.E., Inc.) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of parents, educational professionals, doctors, attorneys and, special educational advocates.

P.O.S.S.E. began in 1998, when Marlena’s son, Michael, was diagnosed with a severe reading disability known as Dyseidetic, Dysphonetic Dyslexia. This is a learning disability that affects children both visually and auditorily.

Michael was in the second grade and was fortunate enough to have a teacher who noticed that he had special academic needs. The teacher admitted to not knowing the appropriate services to help him, but knew that it was imperative that he required academic help. Discouraged by lack of guidance from the school district and her son’s feelings of failure, she was left, through trial and error, to close the education gap and make certain that the appropriate learning programs and remediation for her son’s needs were implemented. After four years of setbacks her 19-year-old son is reading at grade level and graduated with his class on June 14, 2008 and is attending Grossmont College. He is preparing to enter Berklee School of Music in Boston.

She witnessed first-hand the agony, struggles and sleepless nights and days of “living” at his school to ensure that his educational needs were met. For more than a decade the family had struggled with academic challenges that seemed almost insurmountable at times. The maze they traveled for academic success resulted in a strong desire to make the road easier for other families in similar situations.
Michael’s dream was to fulfill that no child had to experience what he did and that every child deserves to enjoy their younger years at school and have that everlasting memory of history to pass onto their children and Michael wanted me to put this in motion -- Thus, P.O.S.S.E was formed.