Parent/Family Advocacy and Resources


A Letter to You from the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

March 16, 2007 | Stephanie Monroe, the assistant secretary, Office for Civil Rights (OCR).reaches out to parents to help raise awareness of issues and to share information about legal rights and responsibilities that will affect students with disabilities as they transition from high school to institutions of postsecondary education.

Campus Visit

Campus Visit, Inc. is a program of Collegia, Inc., providing personalized travel assistance to thousands of college-bound families who visit each year specifically to shop for a college. It is a regional initiative uniting area colleges, the tourism industry and civic organizations. These programs are regional collaborations which include over 60 top-notch colleges and universities in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Northeast Ohio and Lancaster, PA.

Collaborating with Families

The IRIS Center and the PACER Center have created an online module to help educators think about and improve family involvement, particularly involvement among families of children with disabilities. The interactive module provides participants with a scenario, information, and a self-evaluation tool. It also includes commentary from parents and an expert in the field of family involvement.

College Parents of America

College Parents of America is the only national membership association dedicated to advocating and to serving on behalf of current and future college parents.


The University of Washington's Project DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), hosts a list of resources that assist parents in learning about federal, state, and local policies while planning for education beyond High School. Parents are connected with information on person-centered planning, IDEA, Peer-support, transfer of rights, Social Security, and mor

Education News Parents Can Use

A television series about ways to ensure children's educational success. Education News Parents Can Use focuses on schools, learning and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. On the third Tuesday of each month during the school year, Education News airs live via satellite, offering parents and anyone else with an interest in education vital information about getting involved in children's learnin

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are eligible students.

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning

The Family Center on Technology and Disability developed a “Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning” that provides information on how to have a successful transition with assistive technology. Also, the guide highlights the laws on accommodations and transition in both settings: secondary and postsecondary. 

Family Life & Disability

Welcome to the Family Life & Disability workshop, where we will try to help you find the information and the resources you need to fly as high as your gifts will take you, and prevent that feeling of being crushed on the sidewalk under the nest. If you are a person with a disability, or a relative, you will find topics here that relate to your own life.

Looking Glass--Serving Families with Disabilities

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. They offer annual scholarships for children of parents with disabilities. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Our mission is "To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture."

NCWD/Youth Infobrief Families and College and Career Readiness: What Schools can do to Engage Families in the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) Process

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) published an InfoBrief in September highlighting strategies on what schools can do to engage families in the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) process. ILP’s are designed to engage all students, including students with disabilities, in planning the transition from high school to postsecondary life. Family involvement in ILP’s can assist youth in thinking and planning for college and career. To learn more about ILP’s as well as college and career readiness, please go to:


Resources for students, parents, and school counselors.

Parent Advocacy Brief on the ADAAA

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has developed a Parent Advocacy Brief on the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAAA) to assist parents in understanding in how the law has impacted their children with disabilities, including learning disabilities.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They focus on children with disabilities. They do this by providing services and support for families and professionals;easy-to-understand, research-based information and training; andopportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.

10 Things that Every Parent Should Know

Parents are a significant influence in their children’s success in college. Skagit Valley College lists 10 items helpful for parents to understand as their child matriculates to college. Items guide parents on what to expect, where to go for assistance, and how to fit into their student's lives at college.