Parents/ Resources + Information

Knowing Your Rights & Advocating For Your Child’s IEP Boot Camp
The TEP Boot Camp may be helpful as you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting. Also check out their Basics About Your Child’s Rights section.

Special Education Law And Advocacy: Writghtslaw
Wrigthslaw is a site for information on special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America
The Learning Disabilities Association of America maintains a list of national advocacy organizations.

The Disability Law Handbook 
The Disability Law Handbook is available in Spanish and in English. This handbook is written in FAQ format, and answers questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other laws.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information And Resources has a comprehensive collection of links about how ESSA impacts students with disabilities.

Information About Disabilities and Special Education

Center for Parent Information and Resources’
The Center for Parent Information And Resources’ New to Disabilities page is a good place to start if your child has recently been diagnosed.
Understood is a hub of resources for parents, teachers, and individuals who want to learn more about learning differences.

Local Organizations

Advocates For Justice In Education
Advocates for Justice in Education’s mission is to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with disabilities.

University Legal Services 
A DC based organization that provides legal services for individuals with disabilities.

Children’s Law Center of DC 
The Children’s Law Center provides comprehensive legal representation specifically for children in DC.

Easter Seals
Easter Seals provides a variety of services for people with disabilities and their families, including individualized therapy services and child care centers.

DC Quality Trust
A local advocacy agency supporting the interests of people with developmental disabilities.

DC Action for Children
A nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the lives of children in DC.

Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE) helps parents understand DC’s education system, build relationships with policymakers, and lead and organize other families in advocating for policy change.