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Since 1984, the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN) has been recognized as a strong and credible nonprofit organization of special education advocates. Our mission is to enhance the professional growth and development of its members and to act as a primary resource for advocates. Your membership and support helps further our mission.
Membership benefits include the following:
For those who secure listings in our Professional Directory, we are pleased to offer our “Introducing…” Section, in which we will include your contact information and photo on SPaN’s homepage. Advocates will be featured on a weekly, rotating schedule throughout the year. This will provide optimal exposure - a fantastic opportunity to market your services. To participate email email@example.com with your current photo to let us know you would like to be featured.
In order to continue providing our members with high quality programming, maintain current workshop fees, and manage our costs responsibly, SPAN has restructured the Membership Categories and increased membership fees in 2016 for the first time in four years.
Professional Directory Listing Requirements
A fundamental goal of the Board of Directors for SPaN has been to develop and promote standards for practicing advocates and promote the recognition of advocacy as a profession. SPaN recognizes and supports ongoing learning as essential for advocates to stay current in field of advocacy. Therefore, to have a professional listing on the SPaN Website each listing member will now be required to have met the 12 hour ongoing training standard in the past 12 months. Continuing education hours can be achieved through the SPaN workshops, Federation training's, conferences, presentations, classes that you attend related to the field of special education and advocacy. For more information regarding this requirement, click here.
New Registration System for Members
SPaN has been working towards this upgraded system for the past four years. The new system will allow our members to change their contact information and when applicable their directory listing information at any time of the year. It was necessary due to the changes in the technology and online systems.
Annual Membership Rates
Professional Directory Information includes: