Working to build a more inclusive world
The Advocacy Underground is a North Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Identification Number (EIN): 87-3684162.
Board of Directors
Mary Beth Moore
Founder and Executive Director
When my son started preschool, I faced many obstacles to getting his unique needs met. I had an instinct that what was happening wasn’t morally or legally acceptable, but I didn’t know what to do about it. I spent months pouring over legislation, case law and academic research to learn how I could fight better for him.
The Advocacy Underground is my vision for making sure that no other parent or educator feels alone in advocating for the rights of students with disabilities. Our school systems have been intentionally designed to segregate these students, which means families and educators alike are struggling to make inclusive environments work.
This organization is special, because the focus is on building, connecting and growing a community of people around the world who believe in the human right to an inclusive education. We’re making complex information easier to understand, working to build toolkits that make specialized instruction more accessible and supporting our communities with the knowledge and skills needed to build a more inclusive world.
Director of Community Outreach
When my son with Down Syndrome was born, my husband and I knew we wanted to provide him the best possible life, which included learning alongside his peers and making meaningful friendships along the way. While preparing for him to start school, we began to research his rights to be included in a general education classroom.
We quickly found ourselves overwhelmed and discouraged. We knew our son had the right to have access to his nondisabled peers at the maximum extent possible. But we didn’t know how to begin this discussion at the IEP table. This is the gap that that The Advocacy Underground (TAU) aims to fill.
The main mission of TAU is to translate student rights into easy to consume information for all families who find themselves needing extra support at the IEP table. We empower parents to feel confident in addressing the questions and concerns brought by other IEP team members to facilitate change within the IEP process. I can’t imagine doing anything more meaningful than empowering parents to make their vision for their child a reality.
Being a mom of a child with special abilities has had many rewards and many challenges. When my husband and I started advocating for our daughter to receive services at her school we were faced with so many unknowns. Going through the process of figuring out special education laws, researching cases, and looking for appropriate goals was overwhelming. Creating an organization to come alongside families going through the same process just made sense.
The Advocacy Underground is unique because it will provide an online resource for families to reference in an easy to use format, plus provide tangible tools to use with their child.
Being a part of this work is rewarding because it will help simplify and share knowledge with others going through similar journeys.
We are currently seeking both special and general education teachers to help develop content for our early literacy and early math toolkits.
Monetary donations will be used towards the instructional development, graphic design, printing and sourcing of materials to be included in each toolkit.
Increasing accessibility to authentically inclusive educational environments
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