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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 strategies for how to obtain 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 special needs.

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

Free to Volunteers

The 6-week SRP course has a free option, which requires volunteer hours. Participants who do not pay must provide 30 volunteer hours to SPAN during the following year. Volunteer opportunities are provided on a regular basis, and participants are able to choose the opportunity/ies that work for them. Volunteer activities may include staffing a SPAN table at a resource fair, assisting at one of our conferences (Parent Leadership, Inclusive Child Care, etc.), helping out in the SPAN offices, and more.

If a professional or parent is not able to or doesn’t wish to volunteer, they can still attend the training for a fee of $300.


If a participant misses one of the training dates, they can make it up at a future training in another location (see North, Central, and South schedules below).


Session 1: Basic Rights & Resources for Families

Session 2: Laws/Regulations & LRE/Inclusion

Session 3: IEP & Transition to Adult Life

Session 4: Student Supports & Self Determination

Session 5: Advocacy & Leadership Skills

Session 6: Health Advocacy & Health Manual

Dates for All Locations

FALL 2019

Hudson County

The C.O.V.E.
Community Outreach Center
312 Pacific Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07304

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 12
9:30 am–2:30 pm


Dawn Monaco


Camden County

The Community Planning
& Advocacy Council
2500 McClellan Ave, Ste 110
Pennsauken, NJ 08109

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7
9:30 am–2:30 pm


Michele Tyler


Monmouth County

Monmouth Family Support
Organization (FSO)
6 Industrial Way, Suite H23
Eatontown, NJ

July 13, 15, 20, 22, 29

9:30 am–2:30 pm


Nicole Pratt

For more information, contact:

Dawn Monaco at (973) 654-8181 x 193 or dmonaco@spanadvocacy.org