Advocacy Resources

  • The Advocacy Institute – dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and adults with disabilities.
  • New York Self-Determination Coalition – The Coalition is an ad hoc group of parents and professionals dedicated to promoting self-determination as an option for persons with developmental disabilities who require support through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The Coalition works to promote positive system change to bring about public policy reform, financial integrity, and ultimately, increased satisfaction for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. NYSELFD members also mentor parents who have questions about self-directed services.
  • Special Education in Plain Language – This publication provides information to parents, advocates, and school districts about the laws and regulations that define special education programs and services.
  • Wrights Law Special Education Law and Advocacy – Wrightslaw is the leading website about special education law and advocacy with thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about hundreds of special education topics, books by Peter Wright and Pamela Wright, and special education law and advocacy training.
  • YOUTH POWER! – YOUTH POWER! is a New York State network run for and by youth and young adults. We work to ensure young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive. We ensure the availability of Peer Support through persistent advocacy, technical assistance and by offering training and education opportunities.