The Essentials of Advocacy
A Parent's Guide to Advocating for Their Child With Special Needs
Friday, November 20th, 2015
Executive Director, ACT - Autism Community Training
Simon Fraser University - Downtown Campus
|For||Family members and community professionals interested in supporting parents|
About the Event
Convincing decision-makers that a child with special needs has special challenges requiring individualized accommodation can be very challenging for parents – especially since they are often still grappling with their child’s diagnosis and understanding systems of service delivery. This day will help families better understand how to effectively and positively advocate for their children - regardless of their child’s specific special need. Most examples will be drawn from the B.C. education system; however, basic advocacy strategies relevant in other systems will be addressed in order to empower parents to gain confidence by understanding their roles, rights and responsibilities.
Topics covered include:
- What is Advocacy Anyway? The Big Picture
- Finding the Information You Need to Advocate for Your Child – Knowledge is Power!
- Keeping the Focus on Your Child
- Honing Your Advocacy Skills – documentation, letters, meetings and appeals
- Polishing Your Behavioral Skills
- Pulling it all together ‐the context of the school system
- "I learned the importance of documentation and how to communicate in an effective way to be heard" (parent)
- "I learned some good language for advocating that I will definitely use" (parent)
- "I feel empowered to advocate in a sensitive, positive way." (parent)
- "A great approach to made yourself heard and respected without becoming 'the problem parent'" (parent & professional)
About the Presenter
Deborah Pugh has been actively engaged in advocacy within the autism community on both a provincial and national level for the past 20 years. She is the former Executive Director of the Autism Society of B.C. and the founder of ACT - Autism Community Training. She has helped hundreds of families successfully advocate for their children.
|10:15||-||10:30||Morning break (light snacks will be served)|
|12:00||-||1:00||Lunch (buy or bring your own lunch)|
|2:15||-||2:30||Afternoon break (light snacks will be served)|
- Register for Nov 21, Taking Control of the Future - Planning for Families with Special Needs, along with this event and receive a 15% discount.
|Date||Parents, Para-Pros & Students||Professionals|
|Early Bird Rate ends||October 7th, 2015||$65||$80|
|Regular Rate ends||November 12th, 2015||$85||$100|
|Late Rate begins||November 13th, 2015||$115||$130|
ACT’s live events are self-supporting through registration fees and sponsorship; we do not receive government funding. ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants. We prioritize family members and autistic adults for bursaries which are given in the form of lower registration fees. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration for those who want to join our online audience. Learn more about how to register using the ACT event bursary program. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. ACT provided over $11,000 in bursaries in 2019 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.
Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the
total for equipment, books, training and travel costs.
ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by
the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
More Autism Funding Information >
Parking is expensive downtown, however this venue is very accessible by public transit. Contact Translink for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, Skytrain, Seabus and bus routes.
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