The Roles and Ethics of an Advocate
Being an advocate for children with disabilites can be one of the most daunting and yet fulfilling responsibilities a person can have. In developing our advocacy abilities it is worth taking the time to reflect upon who and advocate really is and what an advocate does. In this section we take a look at the philosophy and ethics of advocacy. We review the different ways a person might advocate for disabled children, advocacy roles, and the minimum competencies every advocate should have. Finally, we hope to develop a section, which will explore the business of advocacy, for professional advocates.
philosophy which should ground every advocate. We are more than the sum of our knowledge or even our advocacy skills. Read this article to obtain a sense of who we are and what makes us effective advocates.
I. What is an Advocate?
II. How do we Advocate?
See a brief article: The Effective Advocate Click Here types of educational advocates working for the best interests of children with disbilities. The categories are based on how a particular advocate practices. Every advocate is an essential player in the work of obtaining appropriate education and the order of listing the categories is not intended to give any particular priority or importance to any category of advocate.
I. The Parent Advocate
II. The Volunteer Advocate
III. The Professional Advocate
IV. The Paralegal Advocate
V. The Attorney Advocate
an advocate needs in order to effectively advocate for children with disabilities. Being an advocate is a vocation of continual learning and growing. As advocates learn and grow, they often become important resources, not only to children with disabilities, but to school districts who are struggling to teach our children.
I. Knowledge of Law
II. Knowledge of Education and the psychology of learning
III. Knowledge of Special Educational Plannings and Procedures
IV. Knowledge of Disabilities and Educational Services
ways that the advocate might serve parents and children with disabilities. It is
worth keeping these roles in mind as one studies and prepares for advocacy.
The depth of responsibilities that may fall on an advocate’s shoulders must
push each of us to continue striving to expand our knowledge and skills.
considerations. As much any attorney or educational professional, the advocate
should consider his or her role as one requiring the ultimate sensitivity to a
high ethical standard.