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Inclusive Education Lay Advocacy Project


The Inclusive Education Lay Advocacy Project is looking for individuals who are passionate about educational advocacy for students with disabilities! Details about the project, expectations, and the applicant selection process can be found in our letter to lay advocate applicants. To apply, please complete this fillable Inclusive Education Lay Advocacy Project Application form, and email it to Pat Cottingham. If you are interested in becoming a lay advocate but cannot commit at this time, please complete the interest form instead. 


On November 18th and December 2nd, we will be presenting "What Every Family Needs to Know about Educational Advocacy." Each of these presentations will take place from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Barbra Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha. For more information, take a look at our Save The Date. These presentations are brought to you at no charge by Disability Rights Nebraska, with support from the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table. If you plan on attending, please send your registration form to Pat Cottingham or register online. 


Disability Rights Nebraska launched the Inclusive Education Lay Advocacy Project to engage interested people in lay advocacy for students with disabilities and their families. Through education and training provided by the Inclusive Education Lay Advocacy Project, advocates will be equipped with the tools necessary to thoroughly understand educational information and legal rights. As a result, they will be prepared to help families effectively navigate educational systems to secure inclusive educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Please contact our Lay Advocacy Project Coordinator, Pat Cottingham, if you are interested in becoming a lay advocate or having a lay advocate work with you.


The Inclusive Lay Advocacy Project: 

  • Stands by the belief that interested people, when given the opportunity, will be strong advocates for all children
  • Provides training, based on a proven model, to citizens who commit to standing with other families in advocating for inclusive education for their children
  • Offers Individual Education Plan clinics to help families understand their rights and responsibilities for developing inclusive education plans