Volunteer Advocacy Project

Written by Lisa Mattheiss
Friday, 15 January 2010 23:30

LifeLine offers Vanderbilt's Volunteer Advocacy Project by video-conference as an additional training tool for families.  While some mentors may choose to certify through LifeLine's ParentLink, they may also certify as a Volunteer Advocate through the Volunteer Advocacy Project, or do both.


What's the Difference between Parentlink and the Volunteer Advocacy Project?

ParentLink certification can be started anytime and families can attend LifeLine's year-round training events until all their credits are earned.  ParentLink is free and open to families and professionals.  If childcare or gas make the training cost prohibitive, we may be able to help.   Ask us about stipends for mileage or childcare generously provided by a grant from the Tennessee Disability Coalition.

The Volunteer Advocacy Project only happens twice per year and continues for 11 consecutive weeks.  It is open to parents and professionals, but there is a $25.00 fee for the workbook and materials.

The Volunteer Advocacy Project trains volunteer advocates to provide instrumental and affective support to parents of children with disabilities. In this training, participants will learn more about special education law and advocacy strategies. At the end of the training, each participant will shadow an advocate at a special education meeting. Following graduation from the program, you will be linked with a family of a child with a disability. Each volunteer advocate is expected to work with, at least, four families, at the completion of the project.


This is a comprehensive 11-week training to be held in the Spring of 2010 (1/14/10, 1/21/10, 1/28/10, 2/4/10, 2/11/10, 2/18/10, 2/25/10, 3/4/10, 3/11/10, 3/18/10 and 3/25/10). Each training session will last 3 hours (beginning at 6:00PM and ending at 9:00 PM CST). The training will include a binder of materials including passages from: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, State law, No Child Left Behind, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, the participants will be given copies of each training session’s powerpoints along with relevant materials. For each training session, the participant will be expected to read pertinent materials. This will encourage full participation at the training sessions. The training will be held on the Vanderbilt campus in The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The training will also be video-conferenced to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, LifeLine, Inc in Chattanooga and West Tennessee Healthcare in Jackson.

For further information and to register please contact Virginia Piper, CARE Project Director 423-991-4525 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to learn more details about the Volunteer Advacacy Project



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