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WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD PEOPLE – HOW ABOUT YOU? MAKE A DIFFERENCE! BECOME A PARENT ORGANIZATION VOLUNTEER!! The Parent Volunteer Program is comprised of trained volunteers who are parents of children with special needs. The volunteers are provided with extensive training and ongoing support. They understand the dynamics of the systems that serve children with special needs in their community and have first hand knowledge and experience with local resources. The 30-hour intensive training series is designed to train individuals to assist parents of children with special needs or at risk of inappropriate classification. Parent Volunteers help families in understanding their rights and responsibilities under federal and state early intervention and special education laws as well as how to navigate health, mental health, and other systems. The goal of this training is to recruit volunteers to provide families with technical assistance or to discuss any issues or concerns they may have about their child’s education, health, and development. REQUIREMENTS: 1. Ability to attend all sessions of the Parent Volunteer training. 2. Interest in working with parents of children with disabilities or special health needs. 3. Willingness to increase knowledge, build advocacy skills and support families. 4. Good interpersonal skills. Follow-up training and technical assistance are provided to Parent Volunteers. Individuals willing to make a commitment as a Parent Organization volunteer are eligible for full reimbursement of training fees. A volunteer may volunteer their time in a variety of ways: 1. Responding to inquiries from parents regarding information about the nature of a special need and/or resources in the community. 2. Providing parents with information about their parental rights. 3. Providing parents with information about the early intervention or special education process, health or mental health or other systems. 4. Assisting parents in preparation for IFSP or IEP meetings or meetings with health professionals. 5. When appropriate, supporting parents at IFSP or IEP meetings or meetings with health professionals. 6. Supporting parents in mediating conflicts with schools, early intervention, health insurers. 7. Assisting parents in organizing parent support groups. 8. Attending county based trainings to assist trainers by handling registration and refreshments 9. Assisting with clerical help in organizing resources in the Resource Center/Library Initial training includes: Early Intervention, Transition to Preschool, IEP, Inclusion in School and Community, Health Advocacy, Child Behavioral Health System, Section 504 & ADA, Discipline/Manifestation Determination/Positive Behavior Supports, Transition to Adult Systems of Care, Parent-Professional Collaboration, Creating Agreement & Conflict Resolution On-going topics include: Early Intervention, Transition to Adult Life, Creating Effective Schools, Creating Agreement, Child Behavioral Health, Parent Participation in School Reform, Parent Role in Monitoring and Self-Assessment, Individual and Systems Advocacy and more! By becoming a Parent Organization Volunteer, you will have access to ongoing training updates, the support of Parent Organization Technical Assistance Specialists, and you become part of a large network of individuals committed to improving outcomes for students with special education and health care needs. As a Parent Volunteer, you will also enjoy complimentary attendance at Parent Organization’s annual conference! The 30 hour Parent Volunteer Training Program fee is $250.00 per person. Participants who complete the program and are willing to make a commitment to volunteer at Parent Organization for five (5) hours per month for one year are eligible for full reimbursement of the training fees. The Parent Volunteer Training Program is an excellent opportunity for professional development of individuals employed by organizations that provide services or support to families. Professional staff who have completed the Parent Volunteer program are a wonderful resource for your organization. Fees include all training materials. Each participant will complete the program with a binder of printed materials and other resources. These extensive resource materials are an excellent tool for future reference. To register, you must complete the attached Parent Volunteer Application Form. Payment must be received prior to the first workshop in the series. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled sessions, you will be able to make up that session at a later date. Make up sessions are offered at several locations and may not be held in the same location as the original session. For additional registration information contact __________________ at ________________. The mission of the Parent Organization is to: Please contact Parent Organization for more information on this exciting program! As families, we recognize our strengths and abilities. It is through our advocacy that we become effective partners and agents for change.
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