WHAT IS THE ADVOCACY PROGRAM?
The Advocacy Program supports parents and provides training so that they can develop the skills necessary to become advocates for their child with developmental disabilities.
Their child is eligible for services from 2-17 years of age. Age eligibility can extend to 21 years if enrolled in an accredited program or school to receive a high school diploma or GED.
Services are provided throughout Broward County at the child’s home, school or any location convenient to the parent.
WHAT DISABILITIES DOES THE PROGRAM SERVE?
The Advocacy Program can serve parents of children who have physical or developmental disabilities (Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Spina Bifida and intellectual disabilities (IQ 69 or lower) as well as high risk children who have one or more of the following characteristics:
- A developmental delay in cognition, language or physical development
- A child who has a physical or genetic anomaly associated with a developmental disability.
There may be a co-pay for services based on a sliding scale.
- Prepare for and attend Individualized Family Support Plan (FSP) or Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings with parents.
- Assistance with your child’s educational transitions from preschool to kindergarten, initial entry into special education and other education transitional milestones.
- Assistance in learning about special education services in Broward County.
- Information on your child’s disability and therapy needs.
- Training on skills necessary so that you can become an advocate for your child.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM?
- The primary goal of the program is to give families the tools that will empower them to become the strongest advocate they can be for their child.
- Learning more about their child’s disability.
- Learning about their child’s educational rights established by the “IDEA” law.
- Learning to establish a working relationship with others involved in their child’s educational journey.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
The advocacy process begins with a referral made by an agency, professional, school, other parents, or a self-referral. Once the Advocacy Office receives the referral, the parent will be contacted to complete a Client Intake Packet. In a supportive environment, families will be able to reflect and identify the needs of their child and develop a plan of action.
For more information:
Administrator of Respite and Advocacy
Off Desk Line: 954-315-4078