An educational advocate, also known as a parent advocate, child advocate, student advocate, or independent advocate, assists parents of students with disabilities in navigating the complex world of special education. For a fee, professional advocates provide information, guidance and support throughout the IEP process to encourage decisions that meet the needs of the student. This guide, developed by CADRE, will assist parents in:
- Asking interview questions that will help get an understanding of an advocate’s approach to providing support
- Connecting with parent centers in their state
- Connecting with additional sources of information about advocacy
Please note: A Spanish version of this document will be available soon!