Amanda Glass

  • Hosted by Arizona Center For Disability Law
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Phoenix, Arizona
  • Law school Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Issue area Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Amanda will work to improve access to special education and mental health services for children in Arizona’s child welfare system who have psychological or other invisible disabilities through direct client services, community training, systemic advocacy, and collaboration with existing

Although entitled to special education services and supports, Arizona foster youth with disabilities are routinely denied those accommodations and experience inferior learning environments because they lack consistent educational advocates. Foster youth in Arizona are twice as likely as children in the general population to attend a failing school, as defined by the state’s school accountability system. The dropout rate for foster youth is triple that of students statewide. When foster youth become adults, 25% spend time homeless, 25% experience incarceration, and 50% face unemployment. Many of these negative outcomes can be prevented or ameliorated by the implementation of appropriate and timely educational and mental health services.

Amanda is the right person for the project because:

  • She spent two years as an elementary school special education teacher in Los Angeles.
  • She has previous experience providing special education legal assistance to Arizonans with disabilities with the Arizona Center for Disability Law.
  • She served as the president of the Disability Law Project student group during law school.

Fellowship Plans

  • Meet with advocacy and stakeholder groups to learn more about local issues and potential clients, encourage input, and receive client referrals.
  • Inform Arizona Center for Disability Law staff of the project goals and create a system for diversion of foster care related hotline calls.
  • Create materials targeted at various audiences for trainings on laws affecting foster youth with disabilities (including resources in Spanish).
  • Begin outreach to foster youth, guardians, service providers, and court judicial personnel to offer trainings on laws affecting foster youth with disabilities, making contacts with stakeholders in Maricopa and Pima counties.
  • Join national attorney organizations focused on special education advocacy.

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