- What does advocacy mean and why and when would I need an Educational Advocate?
Advocacy means helping you understand school processes and procedures, informing you of your rights, and working with you to get your child’s needs met in school.F.A.C.T Educational Advocates understand special education law and can help you with all aspects of managing your child’s school career and their IEP (Individual Education Plan) and 504 plans. If you don’t yet know what IEP or 504 plans stands for, we will help you with that too.Some families need help preparing for and attending school meetings, others have to deal with a child being expelled and from time to time, parents worry that their child is not getting the level of support they need.
- How much do F.A.C.T. services cost?
All services are free, with the exception of Educational Advocacy, when individuals meet eligibility requirements.Although it depends somewhat on the program, you need to live in Franklin County, Lincoln County, Warren County or Saint Charles County to participate in our programs.There is a small fee for the Educational Advocacy program.
- What happens when I call and who do I speak to?
When you need help, call F.A.C.T. on (636) 949-2425. Our intake worker will ask you some questions to determine how we can help, and the best person to connect you with. The intake call usually takes about 5-10 minutes.Depending on the urgency of your problem, you will either be put through to someone who can answer your immediate question or we will schedule an appointment for you to visit our office.Once we have a first meeting we will identify and prioritize your most urgent needs.
- Who are the people who work at F.A.C.T.?
Everyone at F.A.C.T has received considerable training, but we are not teachers, social workers or medical professionals. We are not lawyers, although we do understand special educational law.But we are people whose lives have been profoundly affected by disability because we are parents, grandparent and family members of a person who is diagnosed with a mental, developmental or physical disability. We have faced many of the same challenges as you and we want to use our experiences to help you.
- What sort of disability do you have to have to use your services?
F.A.C.T is here to support the families of children with all types of disabilities. If your child has been diagnosed with a mental, developmental or physical disability and you live in a qualifying area, we can help.Examples of some of the typical diagnosis our families have for their children.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
And other mental diagnoses
And other developmental diagnoses
Brain and spinal injuries
And other physical diagnoses
- Do I have to qualify or meet any requirements to get help for my child with a disability?
To qualify for our programs, your child must be diagnosed with a disability. However, if your child has not been diagnosed, but you suspect they have a problem, we can help you get an evaluation.You need to live in Franklin County, Lincoln County, Warren County or Saint Charles County to participate in our programs. Not all programs are available in all areas.
If you are worried that you don’t qualify, please contact us anyway. We may be able to help you get qualified, or we may be able to refer you to an organization that can assist you.