Special Needs Network, Inc.

Parent Advocacy Mentor Program (PAM)


This 8-week, 25-hour intensive certification program is designed for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with special needs children. Participants learn the requisite skills to become peer mentors for other parents and effective advocates for grassroots campaigns designed to improve access to quality health care and education, affordable housing, transportation and jobs for individuals with disabilities and their families.


Each three-hour class includes a lecture, classroom exercises, and reading assignments. Topics include counseling parents through stages of grief; representing special needs children at IEP meetings; identifying the legal rights of a disabled child; accessing vital early intervention and behavioral therapy services, and developing and implementing grassroots advocacy strategies which influence systemic social change. Upon completion of the program, each graduate receives advocacy certification and is inducted into SNN’s Parent Advisory Council.


Classes are FREE and held quarterly, on alternate Saturdays. Child care, breakfast, and all reading materials are provided.




Certificate of Achievement

Congratulations! You have Successfully Completed 25 hours of  Intensive Parent Advocacy and Mentoring Training
in Special Needs Network’s Parent Advocacy Mentor Program (PAM)

Click on the button below to download your certificate.

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To sign up for the next cycle of PAM, please e-mail or call 323.291.7100.