The Manasota Parent Advocacy Program assists parents, guardians, and caregivers of children with disabilities and special learning needs by providing parent advocacy consulting and services for our client/family using independent contractors provided by Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.
Scope of Services that can be provided:
- Phone consultation
- Travel and consultation time with client/family one on one
- Time needed to review student records either provided by the client/family and/or obtained through a file review at the student’s school
- Communication with parent/guardian, educators, professionals, or other agencies working with the student
- Assistance with drafting correspondence
- Research directly related to the situation
- Preparation and meeting for upcoming IEP Meeting
- Travel time and attendance at an IEP, 504, or ITS Meeting
- Final meeting to close out services (in person or by phone)
The Manasota Parent Advocacy Program is a sliding scale fee for service program based on client/families most recently filed income tax return. A copy of the first two pages of a client/family’s income tax return pages must be uploaded with the intake form to determine the program fee. A scholarship/hardship process is available but requires completion of the intake form, submission of income tax return, and a completed hardship request form. For consideration of a scholarship/hardship, please contact (941) 702-5991.
A $50.00 deposit at time of intake is required prior to services starting. Deposit can be applied to final invoice if requested or returned to client/family. Deposit will be waived if the client/family is receiving services on a scholarship/hardship status.
Client/family are required to sign and enter into a contract for services with Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc. through the Manasota Parent Advocacy Program for services to begin. Once all paperwork and deposit has been received you will be contacted by the parent advocate within 48-72 hours that has been assigned to your case.
At completion of services client/family will be asked to complete and return a program survey for our program to use to make improvements, additions, and changes to it.
Manasota Parent Advocacy Program, FND Manasota, Inc., and their independent contractors are not legal counsel and do not provide legal advice. We are professional parent advocates who provide client/families with assistance in navigating the public-school system by familiarizing client/families with local, state, and federal rules and regulation; helping client/families to develop collaborative relationships, work to establish clear lines of communication with school teams and the district, and provide empathic listening that can only be delivered by parents who have a child or multiple children with disabilities. Having a parent advocate does not guarantee that a client/family will prevail on all requests.
FND Manasota also offers a variety of advocacy resources for purchase located on our website at www.fndmanasota.org in our organization store.