You’re not alone.

Hundreds of parents raising children with special needs have reached out to us for support. And while every child is unique, we found that many parents shared similar experiences advocating for their children’s education. In the special education process, parents often feel alone, misinformed, and like they aren’t being heard.


Your insights matter.

During the IEP and 504 process, it can be challenging to express how your child learns best and how they’re developing throughout the year. Exception-ALLY provides you with simple tools to prepare for meetings with the school, to participate equally with the school team, and to track your child’s development year-round.


Your ALLY in education.

We understand that you want to be collaborative with the school system, because you know that collaboration leads to the best outcomes for your child. By partnering with trusted academic professionals, we’ve developed a powerful, yet simple, solution that uses your experience with your child to increase real parent-school collaboration…allowing your child to reach their highest potential.

Leadership Team

Rayford Davis

Founder and CEO

Dana Lee

Founder and Head of Product

Verlin Henderson

Founder and CTO


Otha Thornton

Past President, National PTA

Gordon Rogers

Co-Founder/ President, Edevate

Arisha Smith

Founder/ Principal, Idyllic Interactive

Rob Underwood

Principal, TTM Advisors, LLC

Russell Long

General Manager, BrightBytes

Kwasi Asare

Business Development Manager, AWS

Subject Matter Experts

Brittni Williams

BCBA with experience in early intervention, integrated preschool settings

Craig Goodmark

Education Civil Rights Attorney, Goodmark Law Firm

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Co-Founder, ImpactADHD

Helki Pruitt

Speech-Language Pathologist, Gwinnett Co. Public Schools

Jen Palmer

Experienced Educator supporting Auditory Processing Disorder, Grandview Heights City School District

Jeremy Didier

Parent Coach at ImpactADHD, CHADD Leader of the Year

Monetia Hollie

Education Consultant and Advocate, Strides of Excellence

Nicole Lavette

Behavior Interventionist, Henry County Schools

Polly Williams

Principal of Early Learning , The Galloway School

Renee Hamilton-Newman


Sarah Bullington

Independent Speech Language Pathologist with public & private school experience

Tara Stifler

Elementary Literary Specialist, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Strategic Investors

In the Press

6 companies from the YC Summer 2018 Batch

At Y Combinator, founders decide when they want to announce that they’re part of the program. Meet 5 of the companies

who have announced that they’re part of the YC Summer 2018 batch …continued


Y Combinator, July 6, 2018

ExceptionALLY helps parents navigate the special needs education labyrinth

The challenges faced by parents of kids with special needs are always unique, but in one way they are surely much alike: making sure the kids are getting what they need from schools is way harder than it ought to be. ExceptionAlly is a new startup that aims to help parents understand, organize and communicate all the info they need to make sure their child is…continued


TechCrunch, June 27, 2018

Exception-ALLY Breaks Down Special Education for Parents Online

Rayford Davis saw a gap between schools and parents when his sister wasn’t getting the support she needed while navigating her daughter’s special needs education about four years ago.Davis, the founder and CEO of ExceptionALLY, an education startup founded within the Flashpoint at Georgia Tech program, said…continued


Atlanta Inno, March 27, 2018

How This Ed Tech Platform Gives Parents A Voice By Simplifying The Special Education Process

As with many startup founders, Rayford Davis‘ inspiration for his own came from someone close to him. Davis’ niece has special needs and he noticed that her school wasn’t supporting her academically to the degree that was needed. She’s one of nearly 7 million students in the U.S. with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan, a required document designed to …continued


Hypepotamus, February 20, 2018

VC Pathways Program For Underrepresented Founders Accepts 10 Atlanta Startups

Village Capital Pathways, an initiative of venture firm Village Capital and global financial institution UBS, has launched its inaugural Atlanta program to help underrepresented founders of high-growth companies. The Atlanta program is being implemented locally by partner Goodie Nation, a social impact tech startup incubator, who helped identify the 10 startups in the 2018 cohort…continued


Hypepotamus, February 14, 2018

Congratulations to the Newest Ignite Cohort

We’re thrilled to announce $1.5 million in funding to the 15 winners of the NewSchools Ignite Special Education Challenge. This cohort of entrepreneurs brings a diversity of ed tech solutions with potential to impact the more than 6.4 million students with disabilities in the U.S. K-12 education system….continued


NewSchools Venture Fund, May 10, 2017