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Volunteer advocacy training to be offered at UT Martin

Volunteer advocacy training to be offered at UT Martin

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:51 pm

The Messenger 12.22.10

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is offering training during the spring semester for volunteer advocates at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The training will be held in the spring on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 13 and continuing until March 31.
The training will be held on the Vanderbilt campus in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and video-conferenced to UT Martin and other sites across the state. There is a $30 charge to cover the cost of materials.
The purpose of the project is to train volunteer advocates to provide instrumental and affective support to parents of children with disabilities. In this training, participants will learn more about special education law and advocacy strategies. At the end of the training, each participant will shadow an advocate at a special education meeting. Following graduation, participants 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 STEP.
Participants will receive a binder of materials, including passages from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, No Child Left Behind and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Plus, participants will be given copies of each training session’s PowerPoints and relevant materials.
For information, contact Meghan Burke at Meghan.m.burke@vanderbilt.edu, call (615) 585-1420 or visit http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/kennedy/vap/.

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