Nevada Educational Advocacy Center for Children & Youth – The Story
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Advocating for a child that is eligible for special education and related services takes resilience and tenacity. It is a continual process as the child matures, their needs change and so does the need for services. Regardless of the issues, at some point parents find themselves at odds with the school and wonder where to turn for assistance. Nevada is nearly void of attorneys, professional educational advocates, services, and programs that parents can turn to for services. Although Clark and Washoe counties have more services than the rural areas of the state, even these programs and services are fragmented. For years, parents have relied on other parents for support in navigating and negotiating the special education process to fill this gap.
As with most great endeavors, a small group of individuals founded NEACCY. It is a 501(c)(3) charity and registered Nevada nonprofit. These individuals are parents and professionals that have spent years advocating for the rights of child. Fully funded, NEACCY provides special advocacy consulting services on a sliding fee scale, educational conferences and training workshops. Located in Reno, the agency provides services throughout the state. It is the voice for special education issues in Nevada.
Determined to make an impact and provide immediate support to families, NEACCY believed that it was critical that it offer a Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference. This program has been provided in cities across the nation such as New York City, Houston, Toledo, Fort Lauderdale, and Tucson but never before in Nevada.
On September 15, 2015, NEACCY in partnership with Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disability will present this inaugural conference for parents, professional staff and attorneys. The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) engages in advocacy, system’s change, and capacity building activities for people with developmental disabilities and their families in order to promote equal opportunity, self-determination, and community inclusion.
Interested in supporting NEACCY with your time and talents?
Contact Susan at 855-645-5297 or Susan@NEACCY.org to discover how you can raise the level of educational advocacy in Nevada. Opportunities are available for board members, advisory board members and volunteers