Advocating for you child

It is never too early or late to start advocating for your child. Like many other important life skills, advocacy is a critical tool you need in order to ensure that your child will have academic and life-long educational success, achieve goals, increase self-sufficiency, and become a successful young adult. It is a life long process that will help your child learn by your example, as a parent, how to be a good advocate.




What exactly does advocacy mean? It means taking the responsibility for communicating an individual’s needs and desires in a straightforward manner to others. It is a set of skills that includes:




• Speaking up 

• Communicating the strengths, needs and wishes

• Being able to respect and listen to the opinions of others, even when their opinions          differ from yours

• Having a sense of self-respect

• Taking responsibility

• Knowing your rights

• Knowing where to get help or who to go to with a question




One of the best places to start advocating for your child is in his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Some skills you will gain when advocating include:




• learning about the impact of your child’s disability

• practicing goal setting

• building teamwork skills

• developing an ability to speak up for yourself and/or your child

• participating in a process of resolving differences

• gaining an understanding of your child’s strengths and needs

• learning how to ask for and accept help from others.


Website disclaimer:


The information in this website is intended to be educational, and is not legal advice.  HUNE will maintain the information on this website and update it as needed. To verify the information on this website and its application to your individual circumstances, you may wish to contact us at 215-425-6203 or 


While HUNE tries to ensure that all resources and links on this site are up-to-date, we cannot be responsible for the content of other sites and does not endorse the resources, for it is for informational purposes only  If you are aware of any inaccurate information on this website or a link that has changed or been discontinued, please contact our Webmaster.


No materials published on the HUNE website may be commercialized in any manner without the expressed authorization of HUNE.  HUNE assumes no liability for the consequences of using the information on this website to advocate for yourself, your child or other children.


Descargo de responsabilidad del sitio web:


La información en este sitio web tiene el propósito de ser educativa, y no es un consejo legal. HUNE mantendrá la información en este sitio web y la actualizará según sea necesario. Para verificar la información en este sitio web y su aplicación a sus circunstancias individuales, puede contactarnos al 215-425-6203 o


HUNE intenta asegurarse de que todos los recursos y enlaces en este sitio estén actualizados, no podemos ser responsables por el contenido de otros sitios y no respalda los recursos, ya que es solo para fines informativos.  Si identifica cualquier información inexacta en este sitio web o un enlace que ha cambiado o ha sido descontinuado, comuníquese con nuestro Webmaster.


Ningún material publicado en el sitio web de HUNE puede ser comercializado de ninguna manera sin la autorización expresa de HUNE.  HUNE no asume ninguna responsabilidad por las consecuencias del uso de la información en este sitio web para abogar por usted mismo, sus niños u otros niños.

  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon