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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.

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 provide support to families around issues or concerns they may have about their child’s education and development.

Free to Volunteers

The 10 week SRP course has a free option, which requires 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 $300.


If a participant misses one of the training dates, they can make it up at a future training course.  SRP Courses are offered four times per year. 


Session 1: Information and Resources for Families

Session 2: Basic Rights in Special Education

Session 3: Federal and State Laws and Regulations

Session 4: Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Session 5: Inclusion and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Session 6: Positive Behavior Supports and Discipline

Session 7: Transition to Adulthood

Session 8: Health Advocacy

Session 9: Systems Advocacy and Leadership Skills

Session 10: Graduation

Dates for All Locations

Spring 2021 – Spanish Virtual Series

 April 13, 20 & 27

May 4, 11,18 & 25

June 1, 8 & 15
10:00 am–11:15 am


Jeannette Mejias


Summer 2021 Virtual Series

July 15, 22 & 29

August 5, 12, 19 & 26

September 2, 9 & 16
10:00 am–11:15 am


Nicole Pratt

Fall 2021 Virtual Series

Check back for more details soon

Dawn Monaco


For more information, contact:

Jeannine Brinkley at jbrinkley@spanadvocacy.org  or 412-953-8067