• Defining Advocacy and Suggested Advocacy Strategies

     

    An advocate is a person who speaks up, acts on behalf of, or supports someone else, or a cause. Individuals may also champion their own needs through self-advocacy. The Office of the Ombuds works collaboratively with parents, students, and other APS stakeholders to address concerns and provide resources. Though the Office of the Ombuds remains neutral and impartial when providing assistance, the following are suggested strategies for becoming an effective advocate:

    • Learn your rights and the rights of your student if advocating for your child
    • Become knowledgeable about policies and procedures that may impact your circumstances
    • Keep a written record of communication and key points
    • When advocating for your student take time to build a relationship with your student’s teacher and school level administrators
    • Come to meetings prepared to clearly communicate your needs and questions
    • Maintain a goal of solution-focused resolution of your concerns