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Volunteer advocate training slated

Volunteer advocate training slated

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 12:16 pm

The Messenger 08.04.10
Training for volunteer advocates to provide instrumental and effective support to parents of children with disabilities is planned during six one-day sessions this fall.
In this training, participants will learn more about special education law and advocacy strategies. The sessions will be available by videoconference at the University of Tennessee at Martin from Vanderbilt University.
At the end of the training, each participant will shadow an advocate at a special education meeting and, following graduation from the program, each will be linked with a family of a child with a disability. Each volunteer advocate is expected to work with at least four families at the discretion of the Arc and Support and Training for Exceptional Parents.
This comprehensive six-week training is scheduled for Sept. 11 and 18, Oct. 2, 16 and 30 and Nov. 13. Each training session will last six hours, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The training will include a binder of materials including passages from the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, No Child Left Behind and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, the participants will be given copies of each training session’s PowerPoints, along with other relevant materials.
The training will be at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and will also be offered by videoconference to other sites across the state. There is a $30 charge to cover the cost of materials.
Anyone interested in  participating may contact Meghan Burke at; call (615) 585-1420; or visit online at

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