Dr. Burke (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Easterseals and the Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC) at the University of Illinois-Chicago have a Request For Applications for community-based organizations interested in implementing the Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP), a 36 hour advocacy training intervention for individuals who want to become special education advocates.

VAP graduates learn instrumental and affective support they can provide to families of individuals with disabilities. VAP graduates demonstrate significantly increased: special education knowledge, advocacy skills, and empowerment. Each VAP graduate commits to advocating for four families of children with disabilities, pro bono. To date, the VAP has been conducted in Tennessee, Illinois, and Kentucky. Three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to community-based organizations that provide services and supports to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Download the complete grant description, goals and expectations, and timelines: http://fsrtc.ahslabs.uic.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2018/12/FSRTCapplicationVAP11.15.pdf

To apply for the grant, please complete the Google Application at https://goo.gl/forms/C51TOuqK62SHeORW2

If you prefer, you can also apply for the grant using a word document that can be found at docs_google_VAP_Application. If you complete a word document, you should e-mail it to Carol Salter, csalter@easterseals.com

Applications are due Friday, December 14, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. (EST).

For more information, please contact Meghan Burke (meghanbm@illinois.edu, 217-300-1226) or Carol Salter (csalter@easterseals.com).

A webinar explaining the goals and expectations of the grant will be held on November 28th at 11 am CT (12 PM ET).

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