Upcoming Volunteer Advocate Training Programs!

This 11-week (44 hour) training program is offered twice a year in various locations across of the state.

Apply now for the training program coming to your area!

Fall 2014 - Concord, NH

Tuesdays 5:30-9:30pm
October 7th-December 16th

To find out more and download application, visit here.















Did You Know?

Our VA program was one of the first special education training programs for parents in the country and has been used as a model by other states.  Over the last 30 years, we have trained over 600 Volunteer Advocates.  Here are what some VAs have had to say about the training program and their experiences as a VA:

“I looked forward to the class each week.  The support and resources that I received from my classmates was invaluable!” – Parent

“I have gained knowledge, confidence and empowerment from the course and am ready to help other parents”
– Parent

“Our relationship with PIC has led to improved educational outcomes for students in our school, better relationships between parents and the rest of the teams, resolving disputes in the least adversarial manner and most importantly, informed parents attending team meetings.”
– Special Education Director

Read more stories.

Volunteer Advocate Training Program

PIC on Special Education’s Volunteer Advocates for Special Education training program is a free 11 week (44-hour) course that has enhanced the knowledge and skills of more than 600 parents, enabling them to support thousands of NH families in the special education process over the past 25+ years. In this course, individuals gain the knowledge and skills to enhance their ability to advocate for their own children and to support of parents of children with disabilities in the special education process.

This training is offered twice a year at various locations across the state.

Training Topics Include:

  • The Federal Special Education Law and NH Special Education Process
  • Strategies to work effectively with IEP Teams
  • Strategies to support children’s success in school
  • Strategies to support others in the special education process

This course is designed for parents of children with disabilities and acceptance in to the program is based on a number of factors. Please contact PIC for more information or to receive an application.

Volunteer Commitment

Participants are expected to attend all training sessions and be willing to volunteer their time to support PIC on Special Education through a variety of opportunities for a period of two years.

For more information on the VA Training Series, contact Volunteer Advocate Training Program Coordinator:

54 Old Suncook Road
Concord, NH 03301


Important! PIC on Special Education does not give out the names or contact information of our Volunteer Advocates. Therefore, you cannot request the contact information of a VA in your area or that a VA be assigned to you via this website. PIC on Special Education staff can speak with you in more detail to see how we can best assist you in participating effectively as a team member in the Special Education process and together you will then determine if a VA match is appropriate. Please contact us for more information.