Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., delivers graduation address to advocates
Updated on 11/20/2008 3:36:35 PM.
Source: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
The Arc of Davidson County and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities graduated 12 volunteers on November 20, 2008, from a 12-week training on how to become an effective advocate for families as they navigate their ways through the world of special education services.
“I wish families did not need you and that this training was irrelevant,” said Interim Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Elisabeth Dykens, during the graduation ceremony. “The truth is families need you desperately. Without you, students and families would not have their needs met. You are taking on an invaluable and noble role. I thank you, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center thanks you, and the families you will advocate for thank you.”
There is no official certification process through which to become an advocate. The training these graduating advocates received is novel, is urgently needed, and is the necessary and now tested groundwork laid for future training sessions with future advocates.
A second 12-week training session is now registering individuals interested in learning how to provide informed advocacy support and assistance to families. The training will take place in Spring 2009, near Vanderbilt University, and by video conference to The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis. Applications are due by Friday, December 5, 2008.
For information or to participate in advocacy training contact: email@example.com, (615) 936-8852.
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