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Advocacy

Defined as: “the act or process of supporting a cause” by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, advocacy is an important skill for all parents to possess. Below are some resources to help you find your voice in advocating for your student.

ADVOCACY TIPS

www.wrightslaw.com/advocacy.htm
www.fetaweb.com/02/mistakes.parents.crabtree.htm


ADVOCACY GROUPS

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) provides support services to families living with developmental disabilities. www.aadd.org


The Arc of Georgia advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. www.thearcofgeorgia.org/index.html


The Autism Society of America – Greater Georgia provides current information about autism, the organization, and the autism community. www.asaga.com/


The Epilepsy Foundation offers support services for those with epilepsy. www.epilepsyga.org/


Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is an independent, federally mandated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Georgia. www.thegao.org/


The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, independent state agency that serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. www.gcdd.org


The Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia (LDAG) is one of 50 volunteer state organizations which comprise the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). The mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders. www.ldaamerica.org/lda-chapters/georgia


Spina Bifida Association of GA works to support and encourage families and individuals with Spina Bifida throughout the state by providing information and education. www.spinabifida.net/spina-bifida-georgia/


Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. (The SILC) is a private non-profit corporation governed by people with all types of disabilities from across the state; its goal is to identify societal barriers to independent living and to collaborate with Centers for Independent Living, Rehabilitation Services and other related entities to remove barriers and to increase the supports and services needed to create independent living opportunities. www.silcga.org


Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program, works to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play independently in communities of their choice. www.gatfl.org/


Unlock the Waiting Lists provides information and advocacy for Medicaid waivers. www.unlockthewaitinglists.com


ADVOCACY FOR KIDS

Kids as Self-Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities designed to help them advocate for themselves. www.fvkasa.org


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