How to Advocate for Your Loved One with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs know that parenting includes some advocacy. This is because caring for your child often involves dealing with government agencies and representatives and speaking up for your child’s needs. Here are a few guidelines for effective advocacy.

First, a personal contact will always be more effective. When school officials or elected legislators hear your concerns from you in person, they will be more likely to listen and take action. Do not be afraid to show your passion about your child’s well-being, but try to avoid a demanding attitude.

Remember to do your homework and be prepared. You can make it easier for agencies and administrators to help you if you can explain exactly what your child’s needs are and how they can help.

Do not forget to follow up in writing, both to thank the people you are dealing with for their help and to remind them to follow through as well.

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