Student Advocacy is an action taken on behalf of an individual needing services associated with education. The advocate’s primary responsibility is to represent the best interests of the student in the education process. Student Advocacy Services includes assisting students and their families to understand their rights according to IDEA as well as assisting students and their families to understand the laws governing educating students with disabilities including IDEA, Section 504 and Tennessee State Law. Any student and his/her family who receives special education services in Franklin Special School District or Williamson County Schools or any students and his/her family that believes the student should be receiving special education services is eligible for Student Advocacy Services. For Student Advocacy services, contact Sharon Bottorff at (615) 790-5815 Ext 3. Below are resources that you might find helpful:
IDEA Part C (Birth-2)
Early intervention is crucial for providing a good education to children with special needs. Tennessee Early Intervention System TEIS (Part C Regulations of IDEA), helps families with disabled or developmentally delayed children connect to the supports and services they need.
TEIS Online Brochures:
– Tennessee Early Intervention System-Questions and Answers
IDEA Part B (Ages 3-21)
Nine months prior to a child’s third birthday, children can be re-evaluated for continued special education services for an Individualized Educational Plan IEP (Part B Regulations of IDEA). A child need not receive services under Part C (birth-2) to qualify for services under Part B (ages 3-21).
The Arc’s School Advocacy Curriculum
This training is designed for non-attorney advocates who are providing information to and advocating on behalf of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in special education matters. Clink here for more information.