Advocacy

Family Connection of South Carolina advocates for public policies that support the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Jacob and Dakota Martin (top photo) and Matthew Harper (bottom photo with John Payne of South Carolina Department of Education) were a part of the successful effort to ensure the Diplomas Pathways Bill passed in 2017.

Watch our calendar for upcoming advocacy activities and how to participate.

Self-Advocacy

What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.

Why is Self-Advocacy Important?
So that you have the knowledge needed to succeed and are given the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your life.

For more information on self-advocacy visit Wrightslaw (link)

Speak up for Your Child:

When parents learn to become self-advocates, they also learn how to advocate for their children and how to teach self-advocacy skills!

10 tips for Advocating for your Child

10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child


We’re here to make things a little easier!

Everything we do at Family Connection is focused on ensuring that parents and those with disabilities or special healthcare needs have the information and support needed to effectively advocate for themselves.

Our goal is that all individuals have the opportunities to reach their full potential.