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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:
Our 2016-2017 workshop series kicks off with Harvard Law Professor Michael Gregory presenting on Trauma Sensitive Schools, and how to support Special Education Teams; save the date Friday, September 23, 2016. Other Fall programs include exploring the transition process in detail, using the Neuropsychological Evaluation to inform the IEP process, and discovering how Diversity effects special education.
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 membership year. This will provide optimal exposure during the academic year - a fantastic opportunity to market your services.
In order to continue providing our members with high quality programming, maintain current workshop fees, and manage our costs responsibly, SPAN has restructured our Membership Categories and increased membership fees for the first time in four years.
Given these sensational benefits, why wait? We invite you to join or renew your membership today!
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. Continuing education hours can be achieved through the SPaN workshops, Federation trainings, any conferences, presentations, classes that you attend related to the field of special education and advocacy. For more information regarding this requirement, click here.
Membership Rates 2016-2017