Special Needs Advocacy Network

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Justice & Legal
  • People with Disabilities


P.O. Box 463Lexington, MA 02420 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The purpose of the corporation is to engage in the following activities: The organization shall train and support child advocates (e.g., parents/families, advocates, attorneys, related services professionals, others) in providing care for youth with special needs; assist child advocates for children with disabilities to gain information about and access to available services; provide child advocates with continuing education programs; provide a forum for advocates to share and disseminate information; provide advocacy services on behalf of children with disabilities as well as their care providers, and conduct such other charitable or educational activities and programs in furtherance of the foregoing purposes as may be carried out by a corporation organized under Chapter 180 of the Massachusetts General Laws and described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


SPaN's vision is to empower everyone to enable educational equity. We are working to transform the nonprofit corporation to achieve this vision by executing a set of well-defined, coordinated, committee-level strategic efforts that will deliver new: A. Revenue Sources B. Social Impacts C. Tools & Technologies D. Process & Disciplines. These efforts deliver on the five focal points of our strategic plan:

1. Embracing the formalities of being a corporation (e.g., strategic planning, IP/branding, risk management, DEI, corp. reserves).

2. Positioning the corporation to achieve greater profitability with less effort

3. Enhancing the profile & influence of SPaN by expanding its impact

4. Changing SPaN’s culture

5. Increasing SPaN’s value to members by helping them start, sustain, & grow a socially impactful advocacy practice


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