For those recovering from a disaster, man-made or natural, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced
students should also be considered. This manual is designed to encourage and assist advocates working with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services.
As used in this manual, the term “advocate” refers to any individual who wants to lend a helping hand and includes attorneys, homeless advocates, education advocates, child advocates, emergency relief workers,
community volunteers, family friends, relatives, and of course, displaced families and youth. In the pages that follow, you will find helpful information about the educational needs of homeless children, student rights, and
methods of advancing those rights.