The Volunteer Advocacy Project

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Tuesdays, August 15 through November 7, 2023*
5 to 8 p.m. (CST)

A training program for individuals who are willing to become special education advocates for families will be conducted via Zoom video conference platform. Each participant may log in from their personal device (e.g., cell phone, computer, etc.).

Training will cover:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • State law
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Early Intervention and Transition
  • And more!


  • Attend all 12 (3 hour) sessions
  • Advocate for 4 families of children with disabilities after completing the training
  • Fee: $25

Applications are due by July 20, 2023. After applications are processed, you will receive an email with registration and payment information. To request a paper application or get more information, email Beth Rossi or Mattie Scoggins at [email protected].

Fill Out an Application

*not including Halloween

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center works with and for people with disabilities and their family members, service providers and advocates, researchers and policy makers. It is among only a few centers nationwide to include a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program, and a Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Visit our website at