ERIC Number: ED439563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
CEC Handbook for Strengthening Grassroots Advocacy.
Bootel, Jaclyn A.
This handbook is designed: (1) to empower individuals working with people who have disabilities to be a force for meeting the policy challenges in the communities in which they live and work; and (2) to help them to channel their strength, commitment, and knowledge of the special education field into effective advocacy efforts. The handbook includes background and technical information to help in implementing positive special education policies. It describes the history and evolution of current concerns and explains successful advocacy efforts upon which to draw. It discusses the basic tools for advocacy, which include knowledge of the legislative or regulatory process, effective communication skills, and effective access to the media. It illuminates what motivates both elected and non-elected officials, what catches their attention, and what makes them respond and demystifies policy-making. The handbook also offers advice on building coalitions, framing key issues, packaging important information, and using the media as a tool to advance a cause. A glossary and several masters for overhead transparencies conclude the handbook. (Contains 13 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Activism, Advocacy, Change Agents, Child Advocacy, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Legislators, Lobbying, Mass Media, Policy Formation, Political Issues, Public Officials, Special Education
The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589 (Stock No. R5087R, $18.95/CEC members, $13.50). Tel: 888-232-7733 (Toll Free); Tel: 703-264-9446 (TTY); Fax: 703-264-9494; Web site: http://www.cec.sped.org (Stock No. R5087R, $18.95/CEC members $13.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.
Note: For related document see ED 380 918.