IGNITE Advocacy enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. We operate on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.
IGNITE Advocacy, Inc is a newly forming non-profit organization based out of Vero Beach, FL. Founded in August 2016 by Kim and Jeff Artlip, with the assistance of Eric Child. IGNITE Advocacy provides training, information and technical assistance to equip families to advocate successfully for their children. As a result of our assistance to families and professionals, children and adults with disabilities will live rich, active lives participating as full members of their schools and communities. Our goal is to be a statewide, cross-disability, parent/professional, non-profit organization that provides tools to help gain appropriate educational services for children with special needs.
Our director Kim Artlip, has a long standing history in the special needs advocacy community. From her struggles as a parent of a child with learning disabilities, she reached out for help with learning her rights, her son’s rights and how best to work with the school system. Not only did that organization help her son but it have her purpose and a mission to help others.
Kim joined West Virginia Parent Training and Information as a parent trainer working to support and inform parents in fifteen counties in her state. But that was just the beginning of her journey. During the next decade she went on to become the President of the WV Learning Disabilities Association, become a trained partner with the WV Developmental Disabilities Learning Council, testify before Senate sub committees on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and work tirelessly with parents to form local and statewide support groups.
After her relocation to Florida, she still worked with families remotely and volunteered with several organizations but her dream was to one day return to supporting other parents with special needs children. IGNITE Advocacy was born out of this dream and partnered with her company IGNITE Wrestling to bring awareness to special needs.