If you found this blog post about Protection and Advocacy for people with disabilities, you’re at the right place. This will give you a starting point.
Some day I’ll tell you the story about how the guy at the Office of Civil Rights put us on hold while he took his lunch break. Yep, he did. He called to follow up on a complaint we filed and it was such a lengthy call he needed a lunch break.
Did you know that every state has a designated agency to do this? They do!
In the early 1970s, Congress created a nationwide system of state-level, independent Protection and Advocacy (P&A) organizations. This was in response to the many TV documentaries that showed the horrors of how disabled people were being treated.
These organizations are a good place to start if you cannot find a Special Education Advocate or Attorney. Like many other non-profits, they are under-resourced. But it’s a good starting point if you need help.
By federal law, these groups: