STEP 1: Advocate or Attorney
Do you need an Advocate?
The Advocacy Support Program provides up to $1000 in advocacy support grant assistance with a qualified special education advocate from the Advocacy Support Program List (“The List”). Families must meet the following requirements:
- Reside in Connecticut
- Student must have a current IEP or 504 Plan
- Family adjusted gross income (AGI) must be below 300% of the federal minimum poverty level (INSERT CHART)
Special Education Advocates provide knowledge, support, and guidance to families in need of assistance in the special education advocacy process. Advocates help families write letters, understand timelines, write better IEP goals, request testing, improve communication and advocacy skills, and more. They can attend meetings with you, or work behind the scenes. Special Education Advocates do not practice special education law and they cannot, in Connecticut, represent a family at a due process hearing.
Do you need an Attorney?
The Legal Assistance Program provides up to $5,000 in legal support grant assistance with a qualified special education attorney. Families must meet the following requirements:
- Reside in Connecticut or Westchester County, NY
- Student must have a current IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
- Family adjusted gross income (AGI) must be below 300% of the federal minimum poverty level.
Special Education Attorneys provide essential legal support to families with children in the special education system. Often, families need special education legal support from an attorney because they have reached an impasse with their school district regarding their student and their student’s education plan. Special education attorneys are meant to provide families with an honest and meaningful assessment about the specific student and his or her specific circumstances; they are not meant to help the family understand the special education process through instructional training or support, they will not help you organize your papers (and it would be prohibitively expensive for them to do so), and they are not a therapist or counselor for you or your family.
STEP 2: Prescreening
When you have decided on a program, the next step is the PRESCREEN. When the process is open, you will be able to click the appropriate button to begin the prescreening process.
STEP 3: Application
After completing the PRESCREEN, you will receive an APPLICATION FORM if you meet the criteria for the grants program. Please complete and return the form via email with the required documents by the 15th of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org
You must schedule and complete a phone interview for your application to be considered for funding. Grants are reviewed on a monthly basis during the school year.