Advocacy

 

 

The Advocacy Institute: The Advocacy Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Arc of Monmouth:  A wonderful resource for Monmouth County, NJ families that have loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The Arc of New Jersey:  The Arc of New Jersey is the state's largest organization advocating for and serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 

COPAA, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates:  An online resource to gain knowledge from attorneys, advocates and parents that have faced legal educational issues.

Education Law Center:   Education Law Center (ELC) serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States.

Center for Parent Information and Resources:  (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

 

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities:  The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities provides public funding for services and supports that assist people with developmental disabilities. These services are offered in the community by more than 250 New Jersey agencies and in six residential developmental centers. 

NJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education:  The state  website help parents and students with NJ special education programs.

New Jersey Parent Advocates:  A parent run organization that helps other parents through training, sharing of best strategies and guidance based on successful advocacy experiences. 

New Jersey Parents Caucus:  The New Jersey Parents' Caucus, Inc. is a coalition of families whose mission is to ensure that every family who has children with special emotional and behavioral needs is given an opportunity to play a strong and active role in the conceptualization, development and delivery of effective and timely services for their children.

Disability Rights New Jersey:  is a private, non-profit, consumer-directed organization established to advocate for and advance the human, civil and legal rights of citizens of New Jersey with disabilities.

New Jersey State Special Education Advisory Council:  a state advisory panel consisting of persons representing both providers and receivers of services for children with educational disabilities. The purpose of the advisory council is to provide guidance on special education and related services.

P.A.C.E.,Parent Advisory Council for Education:  s a parent-to-parent support and advocacy group founded by MSD parents in 2008. Our goal is to work towards the understanding of, respect for, and support of optimum education for all children with learning differences.  P.A.C.E. is a registered non-profit in the State of New Jersey.

POAC, Parents of Autistic Children:  is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.   POAC's mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism by providing scientifically-based training to parents, teachers, and other direct service providers. 

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

Wrightslaw:  The premier website for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Parent Power:  A power point presentation on special education parents rights, responsibilities and how to find your voice.

NJ Dept of Education, Anti Bullying Act:  Guidelines on the NJ Act, September 2012.

NJ Department of Education, Independent Evaluations:  Official memo from State of NJ regarding parent request for independent evaluations.

New Jersey Special Education Advocacy Guide:  This self-advocacy guide is to assist families of children with disabilities to navigate through the special education process, from Disability Rights New Jersey.

New Jersey Code Clarification:  Copy of NJ law from Department of Education, NJ 6A:14-2.5(c) regarding independent evaluations in the classroom

PRISE: Downloadable copy of PRISE, Parents Rights in Special Education from NJ Department of Education

Chapter 14: Downloable copy of NJ Chapter 14, Department of Education

Approved Special Education (Private) Schools in NJ:  Updated February 2013, from NJ Department of Education

504 Factsheet:  Your rights Section 504 from US Department of Health and Human Services

An Advocates Guide:  The Rights of Special Education in New Jersey from the Education Law Center

Risks and Side Effects of Restraits:  Information flyer from the Wisconsin DHFS Caregiver Project

The Benefits of No Restraints: Information flyer from the Wisconsin DHFS Caregiver Project 

One of the many student art pieces from our 2012 PoSP Personal Best Week Art Auction.  

New Jersey Memo - ESY Policy:  The most recent guidance from the State of NJ sent to school districts regarding ESY

New Jersey OSEP Guidance Memo: Regarding issues between school districts and Independent Evaluators including recommendations in their IEE reports.

Parents of Special People, Inc. provides the following information and documents for educational and informational purposes, but does not provide legal advice. PoSP strives to provide current and accurate information regarding transition services for students with special needs.