You are your child’s best advocate. Effective advocacy is a learned skill and one that can make a positive difference in services for your child with special needs.
Effective advocacy involves these seven skills:
- Taking care of yourself
- Learning about your child’s special needs
- Learning about systems and laws that support families
- Preparing, organizing and planning for meetings
- Building your communication skills
- Understanding yourself and others by getting perspective
- Contributing to creative problem solving
Learn the facts, get involved, and let your voice be heard!
- Build your skills by attending one of our trainings or workshops.
- Access websites and publications — Learn how to effectively advocate for your child with special needs
- Practice Democracy — Tips on how to effectively communicate your concerns to your elected representatives
- Contact your State and Federal legislators — Let your representatives and elected officials know how you feel about changes that impact our families and children
- Learn about your local SELPA and CAC — Get informed about your Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and join your Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC).
- Know about the California Statewide Special Education Task Force
The following organizations offer information on current legislative issues both Federal and State.