Advocacy

Sometimes you can do it alone; sometimes you need guidance and expertise in order to get the job done right. Filing your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or transitioning to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a process that may require professional assistance. Negotiating the best educational plan for your child is one of the most important gifts you can give them as what you decide will impact them for years to come. When advocating for your child, do your research and get support from a professional or a friend.

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is an independent 501(c)3 organization committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth.  SPAN can help you

  • Know your rights.
  • Advocate for children and families.
  • Secure appropriate services.
  • Keep children in school.
  • Navigate education, health, mental health systems.
  • Prepare for life after high school.
  • Connect with other parents who understand
  • Start a parent group
  • Become an effective partner in improving our schools.
  • Be a catalyst to improve services for children and families.
  • Access resources and information.


For more information regarding parental rights in Special Education (PRISE) visit their website.