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Basic advocacy skills

The purpose of this section of the web site is to describe some of the basic skills and knowledge that you will need to be able to advocate effectively on behalf of your child.

Learning to communicate effectively with teachers and other school personnel is one of the best ways to ensure that your child’s school is creating a good learning environment for your child, and to ensure that your child’s school is providing your child with the services or programs that he or she needs to succeed in school.

Not everyone starts out by being a good advocate.  Many parents and guardians have faced challenges in getting their child’s health and education needs met.  These parents must learn the skills they need to become good advocates for their children.  If they do not learn these skills, their children may fail to get the help they need to achieve their dreams, and lead fulfilling lives.

Having your heart in the right place is very important, but only the beginning.

Developing your advocacy skills is the next step to becoming a more effective advocate.

This web site will...

  • Give you information, strategies and advice about how to become a better advocate for your child.
  • Help you develop your basic advocacy skills, so you can communicate more effectively with teachers, principals and the school board.
  • Provide information and connect you to resources on special education, suspensions & expulsions, and other topics related to your child’s education.

What are the Skills and Qualities of a Good Advocate?

A good parent-advocate . . .

  • Finds friends and people in the community who will help
  • Knows his or her rights, and the rights of his or her child
  • Knows how the system works
  • Asks a lot of questions
  • Actively listens to what others have to say
  • Is prepared and organized
  • Thinks about what they want, and what they want to say
  • Takes action, one step at a time, to make sure they get what is best for their child
  • Communicates clearly and with confidence
  • Is assertive, but respectful and polite

In the following sections of this web site, we provide you with the basic information you will need to begin to develop each of these skills and qualities