Educational Advocacy

Description: Organizations that promote a particular practice like bilingual education, support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that will result in specific types of educational reform or other improvements in the educational system, or support specific changes in local educational institutions that will improve the delivery of services to local students. (AIRS TD-1600.1770 Education Advocacy Groups)

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Statewide

RI
Phone: 401-787-4479
Service Categories:
Organization Name: PACE Parents Advocating & Collaborating in Education
Address: RI
Phone: 401-787-4479
Service Categories:
Services Provided: PACE offers a variety of family driven services and supports including: phone consultations, in person meetings, record reviews, meeting preparation support and attendance at school meetings.
Provider Profiles: Call PACE for a free phone consultation. Based on your family's needs, a plan will be developed with a PACE consultant.
See Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/pobrienspecedadvocacy/]
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/1/2018
Organization Name: Rhode Island Parent Information Network
Address: 1210 Pontiac Avenue
RI 02920
Phone: 401-270-0101
Toll Free Phone: 855-747-3224
Eligibility: Statewide
Services Provided: Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) provides:
• Live answer call center during business hours, return calls within two business days
• Care coordination and service linkage for families with children with special health care needs
• Support for families navigating the special education process for children with special needs through our Parent Training and Information Center [http://www.parentcenterhub.org/]
• Support for families navigating transition to adult services for young adults with special needs
• Support for families with children with special health care needs through our Cedar Family Center

• Connection to Family Voices and Family-to-Family information and peer support groups [http://www.familyvoices.org/]
• Help with access to health care and health insurance including Healthsource RI, Medicaid, Medicare, and more
• Services provided in English and Spanish
Provider Profiles: Our mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support and advocacy for person/family centered care and system change.

RIPIN’s staff are Certified Community Health Workers who have navigated health care and/or education systems for themselves or a loved one allowing for the inclusion of a peer perspective to our support to families.
Location:
RI Parent Information Network
1210 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/3/2019

Providence, RI

Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-8341
Organization Name: RI Department of Education
Address: Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-8341
Fax: 401-222-6030
Eligibility: Membership of the committee is composed of individuals involved in or concerned with the education of children with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities maintain the majority of the Committee membership. The membership also includes individuals with disabilities, teachers, representatives of institutions of higher education, private schools, charter schools, state and local education officials, administrators of programs for children with disabilities, foster care and homelessness, vocational, community or business organizations, juvenile and adult corrections and State Child Serving Agencies. RISEAC meeting schedule, agendas and minutes are posted with the Rhode Island Secretary of State. Meetings are open to the public.
Services Provided: The Rhode Island Special Education Advisory Committee advises the
Commissioner and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary
Education on:

The unmet needs within the State in
the education of children with disabilities;

Any rules and regulations
proposed by the State regarding the
education of children with disabilities;

Developing evaluations and
reporting on data to the
Secretary of Education under section
618 of the Act and the SPP/APR.

Developing corrective action plans to
address findings identified in Federal monitoring
reports under Part B of IDEA;

Developing and implementing policies relating to the
coordination of services for children with disabilities and

Advise on eligible students with disabilities in adult prisons.
Provider Profiles: The Rhode Island Special Education Advisory Committee is an active voice in advocating that all students receive superior educational services enabling each student to achieve optimum success throughout their school years and into the world of adulthood.

The Rhode Island Special Education Advisory Committee
(RISEAC) meets monthly to discuss and review special
education issues and reforms identified in the state as well as
nationally. Open RISEAC meetings are held once a month on Thursday
evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm, October through May. RISEAC members
also convene for a Strategic Planning Work session in September and in June.

Local Special Education Advisory Committees function and operate similar to the State Advisory Committee with similar membership and purpose.
Contact the school district’s Director of Special Education for information regarding the Local Special Education Advisory Council.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/29/2016
Address: 150 Miller Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-225-9353
Services Provided: Leadership Transformation Academy
Student Advocacy
Reforming Public Schools
Provider Profiles: Young Voices is a Rhode Island-based non-profit organization that transforms urban youth into powerful advocates, who partner with our State’s major leaders to create systemic reform and policy change that improve the lives of thousands of youth across the state.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/24/2017

Warwick, RI

Organization Name: Parent Support Network of RI
Address: 535 Centerville Road, Suite 202
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-467-6855
Toll Free Phone: 800-483-8844
Fax: 401-467-6903
Eligibility: Statewide
Services Provided: Workshops and Training's
Peer to Peer systems navigation support
Support Groups
Youth Group-Youth Speaking Out and Y.O.U.T.H. Move RI
Resource Center
Advocacy
Fatherhood Initiative and Support Group
Provider Profiles: Statewide: Parent Support Network of RI is an organization of families supporting families with children, youth and young adults who experience or at risk for serious behavioral health challenges.
We are a voice for the behavioral health of children, youth, siblings, and families. We believe we can and will make a difference through systems transformation so children and youth can live at home or in their community, receive effective services and supports that respect and consider their cultures and strengths, and respond to their individual and family needs.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/27/2018

Nationwide

107 Commerce Centre Drive, Suite 204
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-947-7779
Address: 107 Commerce Centre Drive, Suite 204
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-947-7779
Fax: 704-948-7779
Services Provided: Committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in post-secondary education. Website resources include civil rights, legal resources, DSS professionals.
Provider Profiles: Affiliate programs Utah AHEAD, New Mexico AHEAD
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 8/20/2018