Advocacy Self-Study Week 4: Link Up With Other Advocates

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In our self-study series for new advocates, we’ve posted about what you need to learn and what skills you need to acquire.

Last week we posted 10 tips for good advocates.

This week – two more tips.

Good advocates link up with other advocates and ask questions!

Advocates at the William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy ISEAThe best way to become a good advocate is by exposure.

If you wanted to catch the flu, you would hang out with folks who had the flu. If you want to become a good advocate, hang around with folks who do advocacy work.

Ask Questions!

Whether you are a seasoned advocate, or new to advocacy, asking questions is a good strategy for identifying win-win solutions.

Everyday, people just like you, “Ask the Advocates”.

Parents, teachers, and other advocates who want to learn how to negotiate the maze of special education, go to the  Ask the Advocates page where experienced advocates-

  • answer your questions
  • offer creative ideas
  • make suggestions

https://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/guest/ask.advocates.htm

Join the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is the national organization of attorneys, education advocates and parents. COPAA focuses on special education rights and excellence in advocacy.

As a member, you have access to moderated discussion groups (listservs), databanks of legal documents, and materials by leading special education attorneys and advocates. 

COPAA sponsors an annual conference to provide training and education for parents, advocates, and attorneys.

Link up with Advocates in your City or State

To find other advocates across the nation, go to the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.

Click on your state and scroll through the listings for other advocates near you.

Time to Review

Self-Study Advocacy Program for the New Parent – the 7 “Ps”

Week 1 – Your Advocacy Game Plan

Week 2 – Read One Book a Month

Week 3 – 10 Tips for Good Advocates

 

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Aaron

Thanks for your helpful article about advocates for special education. It’s good to know that they often have connections to attorneys that specialize in disability and discrimination laws. My brother-in-law’s sister has a special needs son. He will be entering the school system soon. I’ll have to pass this information along to her.