Advocacy

The materials in this section have been gathered and organized to assist the reader in obtaining a greater understanding of what advocacy is, what is needed to be an effective advocate and the power behind telling one’s story.   

Basic Information

Materials in this section offer introductory, fundamental information on key areas of parent advocacy and leadership.

Overview of Advocacy


A Capitol Idea!  PDF icon .pdf
A short monograph published by the American Foundation for the Blind on the basics of advocacy with a focus on advocating at the national and state level.

Top 10 Tips: Ideas to Improve Parent-to-Professional Communication from PACER Parent Advocates  PDF icon .pdf
An easy to read, handy list of suggestions and ideas on how a parent or family member can prepare for a meeting with an administrator or school personnel.

Communicating with Your Child’s School  PDF icon .pdf
A presentation on useful strategies to assist families to communicate effectively with school personnel and other agencies.

 

Importance of Telling Your Story


Telling Your Personal Story  PDF icon .pdf
A two page fact sheet that provides a step by step guide to developing your personal story.

People First Language  PDF icon .pdf
Article on the power of words and how negative descriptors can stereotype people with disabilities.

Examples of People First Language  PDF icon .pdf


Communicating with Teachers, Public Officials and  Legislators


Tips for Calling  PDF icon .pdf   (Spanish PDF icon .pdf
A one page factsheet of helpful tips when calling a legislator.

Communicating about Services for your Child  PDF icon .pdf   (Spanish)  PDF icon .pdf
A one page factsheet of helpful strategies to use at meetings.

Tips for Giving Your Testimony  PDF icon .pdf  (Spanish)  PDF icon .pdf
A one page factsheet of tips on how to give testimony at a public hearing.

Tips for Writing Letters, Faxes, and E-mails  PDF icon .pdf   (Spanish) PDF icon  .pdf
A one page factsheet of how to construct a written communication to an elected official.

Going Deeper Link

Going Deeper

Resources in this section provide more in-depth materials to increase awareness and knowledge on key areas of parent advocacy and leadership

Overview of Advocacy


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Importance of Telling Your Story


Family Experiences: Ways to Lead Change Through Telling Your Story  PDF icon .pdf
A concise, short article that provides an overview of the purpose in telling your story, how to prepare your presentation and guidelines to follow while presenting.

From Experience to Influence: The Power of a Parent's Story (2006)  PDF icon .pdf
A fact sheet filled with ideas and tips on how to identify audience, prioritize presentation points and use helpful props.

Communicating with Teachers, Public Officials and  Legislators


Letter Writing  Web icon web
Wright’s Law Summer School Short Course 2011 Advocating Through Letter Writing

Training Tool Link

Training Tools

This section offers a menu of materials that trainers can use when conducting workshops or trainings on parent advocacy and leadership.

Overview of Advocacy


Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf   (Spanish)  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A training curriculum to increase parent advocacy skills.

 

Importance of Telling Your Story


The Basics of Effective Advocacy & Telling Your Story  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A comprehensive presentation that defines advocacy, describes what effective advocacy looks like and offers strategies to help the parent advocate develop and deliver an effective message.

Telling Your Story: Making a Difference by Making it Personal  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A two to three hour presentation that focuses on the importance of parents telling their own story and suggestions and guidelines for developing the story.

Finding Your Voice ~ Sharing with Others  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A three to four hour presentation that guides the participants through a step by step process to develop their personal story, as well as craft a short, concise message when the advocate only has two to three minutes to present their case.

Elevator Talk Worksheet: Change I Would Like to See  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
Worksheet to accompany Finding Your Voice ~ Sharing with Others presentation.

Telling Your Story Worksheet  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
Worksheet to accompany Finding Your Voice ~ Sharing with Others presentation.

 

Communicating with Teachers, Public Officials and Legislators


Communicating with Public Officials: Things to Remember  presentation-icon 24px.png .ppt
A presentation on the fundamentals when communicating with public officials.

Giving Testimony: Things to Remember  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A presentation on the fundamentals when giving testimony at a public hearing.

Sample Advocacy Planning Guide  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A detailed example of how an effective advocate prepares for a meeting, including responses for anticipated arguments, and  suggestions on how to plan next steps

Advocacy Notebook: Discussion Notes  Oficina-PDF-icon 24px.png .pdf
A one page form used to summarize notes after a meeting

Learning Packets Link

Learning Packets

Learning Packets are “grab & go” materials designed especially for trainers on a specific topic or aspect of parent advocacy and leadership.

Learning packetsOverview of Advocacy

Learning packetsImportance of Telling Your Story