The Parent Room

The Parent Room: Advocacy Training

What is the Program About?

The Parent Room: Advocacy Training is designed to build confidence and empower parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs through peer support and advocacy skill development. Advocacy is about parents or carers acting as the voice of their children. They will strengthen and develop skills in assisting to make others aware of their children’s needs to seek appropriate help for their children. The program provides opportunities for parents and carers to learn more about getting appropriate services for their child.

What This Program Involves

The program supports parents and carers through the following process:

  • Module 1 – Creating a Vision
  • Module 2 – Identifying Needs
  • Module 3, 4 & 5 – Building understanding around Methods & Contexts for advocacy in medical, funding/services, education, and community environments
  • Module 6 – Putting together a Plan of Action
  • Module 7 - Review – Caring for yourself and building networks
  • Module 8 - Review – Celebrating success so far and building capacity for ongoing success into the future

Important Note: With implementation changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, materials specifically pertaining to the NDIS may become out of date. It is important that users of the Parent Room advocacy training program materials check to ensure that information about the NDIS is still current and update as needed. If you notice that any information is out of date, please contact us.

Parent Room Participant Experiences

An evaluation of the program pilot in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, utilising pre- and post-program surveys and interviews, identified three main benefits to participants:

  1. Networking with other parents and carers, including appreciating having shared experiences and talking with others who can relate;
  2. Increased knowledge and empowerment, including greater knowledge of the child’s needs, rights and available services and increased belief in their ability to take initiative and address their child’s needs; and
  3. Increased confidence about acting as their child’s advocate, including describing the child’s needs to others and developing a vision and measurable goals for the child

A brief summary of the evaluation findings is available.

For more detail on the evaluation, please contact us.

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Contact Us

If you would like more information about the program, training materials or have suggestions for additional content, please contact:

Dr Amy Conley Wright
Honorary Senior Fellow, Early Start

Last reviewed: 27 July, 2017