Advocate With Confidence
Gain the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become your child’s most effective school advocate.
Next Cohort Begins in January 2024
Resolve your most frustrating school advocacy problems.
Never be confused or uncertain about your next steps again.
This entire course is built around years of working with families just like you: you want to work well with the school team, you know what kind of environment your child needs in order to thrive and you pour your energy into trying to communicate effectively – yet you continually find yourself exasperated, ready to either give up or fire off yet another email.
What if instead of another exercise in frustration, you had a clear and specific strategy for making requests, documenting communication and escalating concerns? What if you could take your advocacy to the next level and drastically increase your chances of success? Welcome to Advocate With Confidence – you are in the right place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Advocacy skills are essential for all parents and caregivers regardless of the circumstances. In most Canadian schools, support is based on need rather than on diagnosis. This course will help you even if your child does not currently qualify for an IEP.
Yes! There is no better time to build your advocacy skills than now. The sooner you build your understanding, knowledge and skills to become the most effective advocate possible, the better. Ideally, families are able to take the course in the year prior to their child’s planned kindergarten entry.
We encourage families to submit the Advocate With Confidence course to AFU for reimbursement. Because this course is new in Fall 2023, it’s not clear yet whether they will approve the course. We will update the FAQ section once we have more information.
The weekly calls take place on Thursdays at 12 pm PST. Each call is 60 minutes and includes training on the weekly module. After the recorded call ends, there is an optional Q & A session. The Q & A session is not recorded.
The first week of the course is designed to get you oriented and up to speed on how to utilize the online tools. After that, weekly office hours sessions and the private Facebook group give you a place to solve any challenges. Be sure to double-check that you have the necessary tech tools to get the full benefit of the course, most importantly stable internet access.
Meet Your Advocacy Coach
As BrainsAbound’s founder, Jenn is committed to supporting families in their school advocacy journey. Being an educator for over 20 years, a certified teacher, the parent of a neurodivergent child, and a late-identified neurodivergent adult, Jenn brings perspective, experience and compassion.