In 1996, Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. (AJE) was created as a community-based initiative designed to empower, motivate, and educate low-income parents about the laws that govern special education, its related services, and the consequences of institutional negligence and/or inappropriate classification of students with special needs.
AJE fulfills this mission by providing quality advocacy training and direct services to parents of children with special needs, and by advocating for appropriate diagnosis, treatment, classification, and educational placement. AJE has a specific focus on children and youth living in low-income underserved communities, who are being denied educational and/or related services.
The District of Columbia has a long and devastating history for ensuring the continuity of care for Children, Youth, and Families with Special Healthcare Needs (CYFSHN). The District of Columbia has historically faced challenges with the coordination of service delivery to its families and it continues to be a common theme in assessing the needs of its families. Fragmented systems of support for families and the lack of a coordinated approach to support families, especially those with special needs children.
AJE provides direct advocacy to ensure that appropriate services are being made available to a family in need. A.J.E.’s delivery model is grounded in parental participation and power sharing among a wide and diverse cross section of stakeholders, including low-income parents, African-Americans, Hispanic, and Immigrant Communities.