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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

Resources

Together, We Can Move Mountains: Parents as Leaders in Improving Systems for Children and Families- Statewide 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 AssistanceNational Youth Leadership Network

Fair Housing Act Checklist - A Guide to Accessible Design and Construction ComplianceEqual Rights Center 

Accessible Health Care Self Advocacy ToolkitEqual Rights Center 

Assistance Animal Users' Public Accommodations and Fair Housing ToolkitEqual Rights Center 

Veterans with DisabilitiesEqual Rights Center 

Interior Design and the Fair Housing Act - ENGLISHEqual Rights Center

Interior Design and the Fair Housing Act - SPANISHEqual Rights Center

Interior Design and the Fair Housing Act - AMHARICEqual Rights Center

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

Accessible Pathways & Livable Communities Pocket GuideNational Aging and Disability Transportation Center

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

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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