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Advocacy

Importance of Advocacy
You are an advocate for your child with special health care needs.
http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/files/1914/1511/5464/YOU_ARE_AN_ADVOCATE.pdf

Family Voices of Minnesota 
Family Voices of Minnesota is a state-wide non-profit organization that provides support, information and education for parents of children with special health care needs and/or disabilities so they are better able to advocate for their children and get needed services and supports. All our staff are parents of children with special health care needs and are located regionally around the state. Family Voices of Minnesota is the state affiliate organization for Family Voices National and the state alliance member of Parent to Parent USA.
http://www.familyvoices.org/

ARC
The Arc Minnesota and local chapters of The Arc provide crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connect them with resources, and stand with them when they need an advocate.
http://thearcofminnesota.org/

PACER
PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.
http://www.pacer.org/

Family Leadership Institute
A partnership between Family Voices of Minnesota and PACER Center; this 8 month program is for parents whose children have disabilities or special health care needs and are interested in learning more about advocating for their child and systems of care. The Institute occurs once each year October to May. To apply and learn more contact Tricia Brisbine, Family Voices of MN Program Coordinator: Tricia@familyvoicesmn.org.

Partners in Policymaking
PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING® is a leadership training program designed for parents of young children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. Partners teaches leadership skills and the process of developing partnerships with elected officials and other policy makers who make decisions about the services that you and/or your family use.
http://mn.gov/mnddc/pipm/
http://mn.gov/mnddc/partnersinpolicymaking/Class35_materials/Partners-Class35-Flyer.pdf