The Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center trains parents/caregivers to be successful advocates as they navigate their way through the special education process. It's one thing to be passionate and ask for the best education for your child, but it's another to learn actual special education law and advocacy strategies that help you get the best results.
This training is also great for service providers. Many of you get asked about what can or can't be in an IEP or about other special education rights. VAP training teaches you with the most up-to-date policies and examples of what is going on in our schools today. You won't have to guess or rely on second-hand information, because you'll have the laws and rules in your hand.
The fall VAB trainings will take place Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST, beginning on August 21st until November 6th at a range of locations across the state, including Chattanooga. The training runs for 12 weeks, 40 hours total. It's a lot of work, and there is much to learn, but the payoff is tremendous. Vanderbilt is recruiting for their fall session so if you're interested, CLICK HERE TO APPLY. That link also gives you more details.
Here's a link to the flyer for the VAP training. Please feel free to post the flyer and pass it on to any people who you think might be interested in attending the training. Additional information about the training can be found here:
Volunteer Advocacy website: http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/services/project/volunteer-advocacy/