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Hone Your Advocacy Skills

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Circulation: 91,875
ISSN: 1538-320
August 13, 2013

Summer School 2013: Part 3

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate get a game plan for honing your advocacy skills.

Here are three essential things you need to do:

  • Expose yourself to advocacy opportunities
  • Learn about special education, law, and advocacy
  • Practice, practice, practice advocacy skills

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Expose Yourself to Advocacy Opportunities

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.

The best way to become a good advocate is by exposure. Here's your Advocate's Game Plan.


Practice Your Advocacy Skills

1. Hook up with a special education parent attorney to help prepare cases for due process hearings and IEP meetings.

2. Offer to go to IEP Team meetings with parents to learn about tactics & strategies and the players' roles and personalities.

Read more about representing the special education child in A Manual for the Attorney and Lay Advocate.


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homework checklist

Summer School Session 3: Homework Checklist


  1. Identify a local attorney who wants volunteer help for advocacy cases.


  2. Join a disability organization or information group. Sign up for their newsletter.


  3. Become a member of COPAA.

  4. Register for a Wrightslaw Training Conference.

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