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I first got involved in advocacy when [my son] Michael’s school refused to install a wheelchair lift. I visited a building with a platform lift that folded at the top of a landing when not in use. I spoke to contractors, got estimates, and figured out an ideal spot for it. Even though it required a long legal battle, we finally got a lift installed. I know that we made a difference in the community because, today, all sorts of students with injuries and disabilities use the lift. We also were able to start a new policy in the school system so that no student could be discriminated against because of his/her disability.

-Story from a parent advocate


Together, We Can Move Mountains: Parents as Leaders in Improving Systems for Children and FamiliesStatewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

Boy learning to ride pony.

Jeremy learning to ride a pony at a community event.


Finding A Home: An Introduction to Government & Other Kinds of Housing Assistance- National Youth Leadership Network

Fair Housing Act Best Practices Handbook: A Guide to Accessible Design and Construction ComplianceThe Equal Rights Center and Steven Winter Associates

Apartment and Condo Fair Housing Accessibility ToolkitEqual Rights Center

Reasonable Accomodations and Modifications: An Accessibility Self-Advocacy Toolkit- Equal Rights Center

Accessible Pathways & Livable Communities Pocket Guide- Easter Seals Project Action

Public Accomodations Self-Advocacy Toolkit- Equal Rights Center

Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Schools- Arizona Center for Disability Law

Action Guide for Students in Public Postsecondary Schools- Arizona Center for Disability Law

Action Guide for Students in Private Postsecondary Schools- Arizona Center for Disability Law

How to File A Discrimination Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights Form- US Department of Justice

Toolkit for the Assessment of Bus Stop Accessibility and Safety- Easter Seals Project Action

ADA Paratransit Eligibility: How to Make Your Case- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

How to Ride the BusKids As Self Advocates

Communicating With and About People with Disabilities-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Assistive Technology: A Self-Advocacy Guide- Arizona Center for Disability Law

Discover Camp- National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD), National Center on Accessibility  

ACA Accredited Camps- American Camp Association

Camp in Your Child’s Future: The Year Ahead- American Camp Association

Public Policy Advocacy: A Grassroots Guide Statewide Parent Advocacy NetworkStatewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

The Role of Family Organizations in Reaching & Supporting Immigrant Families to Access ServicesFamily to Family Health Information Center, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey (SPAN)


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