What is an Advocacy
Family Resource Specialists at Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) are trained in special education law. Each Family Resource Specialist is also the parent, or family member, of a child with special needs who has personal experience with their child in the educational system.
The responsibilities of all EPU Family Resource Specialists include advising, educating, and supporting parents through the special education system for their child on an IEP or 504 Plan.
Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA)
IDEA provides an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is similar to a medical treatment plan. The IEP should address present levels of performance and the goals that will enable the child to reach their full potential. The IEP should also address how goals will be measured, what related services are required to reach those goals, and direct placement, either through assessment and/or observation.
EPU serves 13 counties of the Central Valley area of California: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus, Tulare, Kings, Kern, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino. EPU is funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) to teach and protect the legal rights of parents and children receiving special education services.
For further information or an appointment please call EPU at (559) 229-2000 and ask to speak to a Family Resource Specialist.
EPU is a non-profit agency and does not charge a fee for Family Resource Center services. Funding for the Parent Training and Information Center is made possible through a Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act.
Advocacy Tips for Parents
The word ‘advocate’ means to speak on the behalf of another. As a parent you are the first and best person to speak on behalf of your child. You know your child better than anyone. Professionals will come and go from their lives, but you will be there for the long haul.