Minnesota Hands and Voices


ASTra Educational Advocacy

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Hands & Voices’ ASTra Educational Advocacy Training

In 2014 MN Hands & Voices hosted the first-ever ASTra Educational Advocacy Training. This workshop provided parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing with a workshop specifically addressing the needs of these learners. National experts from Hands & Voices Headquarters (HQ) helped parents develop their advocacy skills and increase their confidence.

Below is a link to individual trainings (which are captioned, ASL interpreted, and voiced) from the one-day workshop.

To gain password-protected access to these videos please contact your parent guide at

Phone: Toll-Free 866-346-4543



Local Minnesota Advocacy Resources:

PACER is the Minnesota Parent Training and Information Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. More about PACER Center can be found here

PACER Parent Training and Information:

The Parent Homework Sheet:
PACER parent advocates have developed a tool called the Parent Homework Sheet. They developed it to help parents of children with disabilities understand how the needs of the student as stated in the special education evaluation report connect with the goals and support in the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program).

Find and download the Parent Homework Sheet here: and learn about why you should use it, how to complete it, and how to use the results through a short series of videos that will help parents prepare to discuss their child’s special education services with the IEP team.

Also available is a video overview of special education In American Sign Language that was created to help parents who use sign language and are parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play.

How can I contact PACER?
Toll Free: 1-800-537-2237
Metro: 952-838-9000 

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