An advocate is someone who speaks or negotiates for a desirable outcome for themselves or others. Advocates support and help create opportunities to obtain what is needed.

Parents and family members, you are your child’s best advocate.

You have knowledge about your child that no one else has and you bring a unique perspective to advocating. And like your child, you have rights to participate in school meetings, life plan meetings, and more. For instance, parents are equal members of the Committee on Special Education (CSE). And parents have the right and responsibility, when services are self-directed, to help advise their children on choosing staff and services.