Resources for Advocacy
Sometimes the support system is not working well to support the needs of children. The following can help families know how to proceed towards the resolution of problems with accessing the services that they need.
Empowering Parents: A Guide to Addressing Concerns in Manitoba Schools
(Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, 2015)
A Parent’s Guide to Inclusive Education
(Community Living Manitoba, 2013)
The Advocate for Children and Youth Act states it is the responsibility of the Manitoba Advocate to: support, assist, inform, and advise children, young adults, and their families respecting designated services. In March 2018, our advocacy services expanded outside of Child and Family Services to include a number of other public service systems, including all services from birth to 17 years provided by or funded by the government within health, education, justice and community services, plus services to 18-21 years if CFS had been involved prior to individual turning 18 years.
The Family Advocacy Network (FAN) of Manitoba is a network of parents, family members, and caregivers of people, both children and adults, with intellectual and developmental disabilities. FAN provides opportunities for families to get together, to share experiences & resources, to be empowered, to advocate, and to have a united voice across the province.
Visit the website to apply for a free membership and to get involved.
Inclusion Winnipeg provides assistance so people can access service, connect with peers, and be a part of the community.
We aren’t alone in Manitoba – there are people worldwide who see the value in having developmental approaches in autism therapy and education. Check these out:
Affect Autism (Ontario)