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SPAN Resource Parent Training

Become an SRP and volunteer your time to help families!

The SPAN Resource Parent (SRP) Program is an intensive training program designed to educate volunteers to help parents of children with disabilities and special health needs to understand their rights and responsibilities under federal and state laws.

Make A Difference — Become A SPAN Resource Parent

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” —Jackie Mutcheson, Teacher

During SRP training, participants learn about education and civil rights laws and regulations, as well as the special education process and strategies for working with the school team to ensure appropriate educational programs and related services for children and youth. Attendees, both parents and professionals, are provided with extensive training and ongoing support to help them understand the dynamics of the systems that serve children with disabilities and  special health care needs.

The SRP course is provided via a combination of Google classroom asynchronous learning activities combined with weekly synchronous virtual classes. 

Individuals who complete the entire training series receive a compilation of useful local, state, and national resources and will then be prepared to share information with families around issues or concerns they may have about their child’s education and development.

Free to Volunteers

The 8 week SRP course is provided free of charge with a commitment to volunteer hours. Participants who do not pay must provide 30 volunteer hours to SPAN during the year following completion of the course. Volunteer opportunities are provided on a regular basis, and participants can choose the opportunities that work for them. While the SRP course is being delivered virtually, volunteer activities may include: assisting with virtual training and conferences sessions; reviewing and providing feedback on informational materials and other virtual activities.  If a parent or professional is not able to or does not wish to volunteer, they can still attend the training for a fee of $350.


If a participant misses one of the training dates, they can make it up at a future training course.  SRP Courses are offered three times per year in English and once per year in Spanish


Session 1 – Laws and Regulations

Session 2 – Parent Rights in Special Education

Session 3 –  Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Intervention and Referral Systems and Special Education Evaluation

Session 4 – IEPs:  Challenging Goals and High Expectations in the LRE

Session 5 – Positive Behavior Supports and School Discipline

Session 6 – Transition to Adulthood 

Session 7 – Health Advocacy

Session 8 – Systems Advocacy and Leadership 

Dates for upcoming SRP Sessions

Spring 2023

Fall 2023

(Coming soon)

Summer 2023

Spanish Series

(Coming soon)

Contact Jeannine Brinkley, Director of Family and Professional Development. 

Follow SPAN on Eventbrite to be notified when registration is open for each session.