Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

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Volunteer Advocacy Project 2013, Spring - Registration Deadline

Date: January 24, 2013

Time: 5:30PM to 8:30PM

Location: Please complete the supplemental application to indicate from which city you will be receiving the training.

Registration Closed


The purpose of this project is to train volunteer advocates to provide instrumental and effective support to parents of children with disabilities. In this training, participants will learn more about special education law and advocacy strategies. Following graduation from the program, you 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.

This is a comprehensive 11-week training to be held in the spring of 2013 beginning Jan. 28. The training is held on Monday nights for three hours, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST and ending at 8:30 p.m. CST. In East Tennessee, the training begins at 6:30 p.m. EST and ends at 9:30 p.m. EST. 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 PowerPoint presentations along with relevant materials. For each training session, the participant will be expected to read pertinent materials. The training will be held on the Vanderbilt campus in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The training will also be video-conferenced to other sites across the state.

There is a $30 charge to cover the cost of materials for the training.

Please note that, in addition to the registration above, there is a supplementary application attached to this registration page below (found under "Printable Materials & Resources") that you must also complete after registering. This application form allows us to identify from which city you will be completing the training. You may e-mail this completed application to Registration and application forms are due by Jan. 23, 2013. NOTE: You only have to register once from this page (Session 1) to be registered for all 12 courses.

We look forward to receiving your application to the Advocacy Project. If we receive applications, which outnumber the available spots, we will encourage those not participating in this training session to attend a future training session. For more information, contact Lynise Parisien at or (615) 414-4579.

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