Have you ever wished you could make the world better for people with learning and attention issues? Not just for your child, but for every child and adult with dyslexia, ADHD or other challenge? You can, and our “Be an Advocate” Training Center will show you how.
Here you’ll find a quick guide to how to start being an advocate. You’ll also find key tools and resources to help you change your school, community and even the country. Finally, you’ll get information and training about laws that affect kids with learning and attention issues.
“Being an advocate is about using your voice to make a difference.”
Getting Started: How to Start Being an Advocate
Being an advocate doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, write big checks to politicians or rush to Washington D.C. You don’t need to know everything about learning or attention issues or the law.
Being an advocate simply requires that you use your voice to make a difference. You have an important story to tell and experiences to share.
Even if you have only five minutes per week to spare, here are six ways to how to get started.
- Understand the Basics of Learning and Attention Issues
If you haven’t already, take a look at what you need to know about learning and attention issues.
- Learn About Laws Protecting People With Disabilities
There’s no need to go to law school. Use this visual resource to learn about state and federal laws protecting people with disabilities, including those with learning and attention issues
- Get on the Mailing List of Advocacy Organizations
Our legislative updates and action alerts are a great way to be on top of what Congress and states are doing about learning and attention issues. Sign up today.
- Take Action on a Pressing Issue
The Understood Action Center always has three pressing campaign issues that you can act on. Take action now to make a difference.
- Talk About What You Know
Talk to family, friends and even strangers about the needs of people with learning and attention issues. Get easy conversation starters for talking about learning and attention issues.
It may seem basic, but it’s critical that you exercise this right. When you vote for politicians who share your values about education, you’re making a difference. Find your representative.
Advocacy: Key Tools and Resources
Ready for more? Here are some key tools and resources for creating positive change in the world of learning and attention issues.
- LD Advocates Guide—a guide with tips on working with laws, politicians and the media to advocate for kids.
- State of LD 2014—your source for the latest data and research on children and adults with learning and attention issues.
- Out-of-the-Box Advocacy—a series on how to use social media, blogs and other creative tools to change your school.
Every day, parents just like you are deciding to get involved and make a difference for learning and attention issues. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that our voices are heard from Washington, D.C. to every state and every school in this nation.