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Have you thought about becoming an advocate but don't know where to start?
In this four part series you will:
Who Can Be an Advocate? What Do Advocates Do?
Find out about different types of advocates and what advocates do. Learn what you need to do to become an expert.
If you want to become a good advocate, hang around with folks who do advocacy work. Get advice from other advocates who will answer your questions, offer ideas, and make suggestions about how to negotiate the maze of special education. Find out how to link up with other advocates in your city or state.
In Part 1: So You Want to be an Advocate?, get the basics of becoming a special education advocate.
What Advocates Need to Learn
Many people don't realize there is currently no certification process for advocates. But there is good training available.
This week you will find out what training and certification, if any, is required and learn where and how advocates train.
In Part 2: So You Want to be an Advocate? you'll learn how to plan and prepare to be an effective advocate and what mistakes to avoid. Find out where to get the information and training you need. Get a reading and resource list.
How to Hone Your Advocacy Skills
To become an effective advocate, there are three essential things you need to do:
In Part 3: So You Want to be an Advocate? you will get a game plan for honing your advocacy skills.
What a Good Advocate Looks Like
Are you ready to advocate? How will you know?
You'll know you are ready when a parent comes to you and...
Keep up your reading, education, practice, and training. Good Luck!
In Part 4: So You Want to be an Advocate? you will get a game plan for honing your advocacy skill. Get more tips and tools for good advocates. Read an advocate's success story and download your certificate.
Congratulations! You have completed Summer School 2013: So You Want to be an Advocate?, the four week series to becoming a more effective advocate.
Thank you for participating. You've worked hard reading, researching, and completing assignments. You're motivated and empowered - and ready to advocate!
Here's your Summer School 2013 Certificate
We appreciate your positive comments about the Special Ed Advocate summer series.