Advocacy

According to a 2015 study published in in Gifted Child Quarterly (April: 108-123), The Advocacy Experience of Parents of Elementary Age, Twice-Exceptional Children, many parents find successfully advocating for their 2e child to be “intimidating and overwhelming.” The study also concluded that “the lack of readily available resources focusing on twice-exceptional children was an obstacle to successful advocacy.” In this area of the 2e Newsletter website, we will provide resources and news aimed at helping parents become effective advocates for their children and to help young people who are twice-exceptional become effective self-advocates.

Parent Advocacy Articles

Self-advocacy Articles

Other Advocacy Resources

Books

Federal Laws

Websites

Parent Advocacy Organizations

  • Decoding Dyslexia (www.decodingdyslexia.net/home.html): a parent-led movement with a set of well-defined policy goals. The organization has a presence in every state across the U.S.
  • MidColumbia 2e (MC2e) (www.facebook.com/MidColumbia2e): a grass roots, parent-led advocacy/education group serving the MidColumbia region of Washington State (south-central Washington). The group began two years ago and now has over 40 local families following its Facebook page  
  • TEAM+ (http://www.meetup.com/Twice-Exceptional-Advocacy-by-Moms-TEAM): a meetup in Alexandria, VA, for school advocacy with the mission of improving services in area schools for 2e kids by sharing resources, providing support for fellow members, and raising their collective VOICES in strategic ways to effect change. (The organizers note that the organization "isn't just for moms, but TEAM+ was a better acronym than TEAP, or TEAMD....")

Advocacy Training for Parents

Advocacy News

Advocacy: Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (2e Newsletter, September, 2016)

Is there language like this in the legislation that governs teacher preparation and licensure in your state? “The Department of Education shall collaborate with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to ensure that all teacher preparation programs offered at public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth or otherwise available convey information on the identification of students at risk for learning disabilities, including dyslexia, other language-based learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorder.”

Last February, a group of parent advocates working under the auspices of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) traveled to the state capitol and met with delegates and state senators about dyslexia-related issues. One item of discussion was proposed legislation requiring that aspiring teachers receive information on identifying students with dyslexia and other learning challenges.

Were the advocates successful? A few weeks after the meetings, the language quoted earlier was enacted into law, which will take effect next year. One of the parent advocates, Laurie DuCharme, a subscriber to 2e Newsletter, calls Decoding Dyslexia Virginia a valuable resource for her family. “DDVA has inspired my husband and me to learn so much more and do more so that our two twice-exceptional children may become more,” says DuCharme. “We have been inspired to advocate, educate, and legislate for our children.”

Decoding Dyslexia is a parent-led movement with a set of well-defined policy goals. The organization has a presence in every state across the U.S. Find out more at www.decodingdyslexia.net/home.html.

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