The LEADers Program is a leadership training series that provides parents with the information they need to be informed and active in special education advocacy at the state and local levels. This program offers parents the tools they need to be an active voice for not only their own child, but also for other children with disabilities in their communities.

Participants must complete an application and be accepted into the program. Once accepted, they are required to attend all five full day sessions, complete homework assignments as well as 20 hours of volunteer work within nine months of program completion.

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding about special education law
  • Increase communication and advocacy skills in health & special education
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Increase understanding of where healthcare and education intersect
  • Expand their network of colleagues with a similar focus

Topics Covered During the Trainings:

  • Special education law and regulations
  • Understanding tests and measurements
  • 504 plans
  • Dispute resolution
  • Discipline under IDEA
  • Health and the IEP
  • Developing a leadership plan

PPMD is very excited to receive funding from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council for this year’s LEADers program. We will be accepting applications from parents of children with developmental disabilities from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties only for the 2017-18 class. We hope to offer this training for parents in other counties in the near future. In the meantime please make sure you have subscribed to our e-newsletter and like us on facebook to receive our latest announcements and upcoming events. Also check out our events calendar to find workshops and trainings in your area and across the state.

To apply for the Southern Maryland LEADers click here.

For more information contact Kelly Meissner at kelly@ppmd.org or 410-768-9100 ×107


The Special Education Parent LEADers program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.