Cari Carson

Finding Learning: How to Successfully Advocate for K-12 Students with Significant Mental Health Needs in Schools

Cari is a Skadden Fellow and attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services Project. The specific focus of her work is on providing trauma-informed educational advocacy for North Carolina youth with disabilities who are involved in the child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and/or adult criminal justice systems. Cari holds JD and MSW degrees from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Political Science from Yale University. She has worked with the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan in efforts to stop the school-to-prison pipeline, with the educational advocacy projects for court-involved youth at both the Toledo (OH) Juvenile Court and the Nashville (TN) Public Defender’s Office, and with the DC Children’s Law Center. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a middle school special education teacher in rural south Louisiana. Cari has presented on educational advocacy topics for parents/families, mental health providers, other advocates, and agency personnel. She is a NAMI NC member.

Students with significant mental health needs experience school failure at alarming rates. Participants will learn: 1) the legal rights these students have in school in NC, and 2) practical skills for advocating for educational success for students with serious mental illnesses. Format: Interactive Lecture