Advocates for Justice and Education

Educate, Advocate, Educate

aka AJE   |   Washington, DC   |  www.aje-dc.org

Mission

The mission of Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. We seek to empower youth and parents to be effective advocates and youth to self advocate to ensure that children receive an appropriate education. It is also our mission to make the public aware of the consequences of institutional negligence of children with or without disabilities and to promote school accountability.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Main address

1200 G Street, NW Suite #725

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1989809

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Parent Training and Information Center

AJE is the federally designated Parent Training and Information Center for the the District of Columbia.  They house a comprehensive resource library and training center. AJE offers parents information on the local and federal laws about special education, specific disabilities, the latest research on treatment and interventions, and adaptive technology. AJE offers training and education sessions designed to clarify legal obligations and rights of government agencies (including schools); assist parents and advocates in the preparing for educational meetings and conferences; and to orient the individual on the various services available for children with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs.

Population(s) Served

AJE is home to the Family-to-Family Health Information Center for the District of Columbia, also known as the D.C. Health Information Center.

What is an F2F HIC?
Family to Family Health Information Centers are established to provide information and assistance to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).

Who are CYSHCN?
They are children who have, or are at risk for, chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. Examples of such conditions include: Asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Blindness, Loss of Hearing, Diabetes, Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy, etc

What does the F2F DCHIC do?
In partnership with Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care we provide families of CYSHCN and the professionals that serve them, with one-on-one assistance, face to face and online training on topics related to health care.

We help families navigate through DC’s health care system.
We connect families to resources within their communities.
We help families develop skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decision making on health related issues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Health

AJE provides legal services to families in matters that impact the ability of students to access an appropriate education and in matters of educational equity. This includes matters involving special education, school discipline and school push-out. We also provide training to parents, youth, professionals about the laws governing special education and school discipline and expulsions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Health
Family relationships
Students
Adults
Children and youth
Health
Family relationships
Students

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Advocates for Justice and Education

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as of 3/4/2021
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