Educational Advocacy Program
"I learned how to ask questions, be prepared, how to better prepare for IEP/goal writing/ appropriate special considerations to include on IEP."
ASTra (Advocacy, Support and Training) is a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Educational Advocacy Program that embodies the mission and vision of Hands & Voices, which is to provide support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) without a bias around communication mode, method, and educational setting so that every child who is D/HH has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Hands & Voices has synthesized the vast resources and experience of our leadership to create this educational advocacy program. The program focus is specifically on D/HH educational advocacy and provided in the Hands & Voices context of a commitment to unbiased support to families regardless of child’s language, communication approach(es), and school placement.
To create an understanding of the basic components of educational advocacy for children who are deaf or hard of hearing so that individuals are better equipped to advocate for their child, the children they support, or themselves. Therefore, engaging more parents/family members in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES?
Louisiana familes who have a child who has a hearing loss or a suspected hearing loss.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Assistance from a trained ASTra Advocate is FREE to families.
HOW TO I CONTACT AN ASTra ADVOCATE?