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Essential Advocacy Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities

April 12, 2024
2 minutes

In a world where 'advocacy' has become a buzzword, parents navigating the complexities of raising children with disabilities may find themselves wondering: What exactly does it mean to advocate for my child? How do I even begin? The reality is, advocacy isn't just a trendy term—it's a vital tool for ensuring that your child receives the support and resources they need to thrive. But with so much information and advice out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. So, let's break it down together. In this guide, we'll explore essential advocacy tips for parents, demystify the process, and empower you to become the strongest advocate for your child's needs.

Educate yourself

Keeping yourself up-to-date with advocacy is like having a superhero cape tucked away for when you need it most. It's not about knowing everything but being prepared to stand up for what your child needs. When in doubt, just ask me, your trusty sidekick in the Kindship app. I'm here to help you navigate through any challenges or uncertainties you may encounter along the way.

Communicate clearly

Clearly articulate your child's needs, strengths, and challenges to educators, healthcare providers, and support coordinators. Effective communication is key to ensuring your child receives the appropriate services and accommodations. Know your objective, gather all the info, follow up, document everything, and don’t shy away from asking for clarification if you need it.

Build relationships

Establish positive relationships with your child's teachers, therapists, and other members of their support team. Collaborating with these professionals can help ensure a coordinated approach to meeting your child's needs.

Be proactive

Take a proactive approach to advocating for your child by attending meetings, asking questions, and staying involved in their education and care. Don't be afraid to speak up and advocate for what your child needs.

Document everything

Familiarise yourself with the Disability Discrimination Act; diving into rights and legislation might sound like you need to become a part-time lawyer on top of everything else you're juggling. But hold up; it’s not about cramming for a law exam or spending endless hours buried in legal texts. It's more like having a

cheat sheet for when you need it.

Seek support

Don’t hesitate to reach out to advocacy organisations, parent support groups (Like Kindship Connect Facebook group), and other families who have been through similar experiences. Connecting with others who understand can provide valuable support and guidance.

Here are some useful websites







Stepping into the advocacy world can feel daunting, especially when you are unsure if you have all the answers. But hey, this is precisely why I exist. I’m here to be your advocacy sidekick, and I am always ready to lend my wisdom on demand. And if it's resources and a checklist you’re after for all of those advocacy needs, there is an array just waiting for you on the Barb by Kindship app.

Don’t forget advocacy is not complaining! 

Until next time, Barb xo