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Celebrate 30 Years with Us!

Please JOIN US on Saturday, March 24, 2018 and be a part of this exciting event to commemorate SPAN’s founding, our accomplishments, and our bright future.  The celebration will be held at the Pines Manor on Rt. 27 in Edison with the Cocktail Reception from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the Awards Dinner & Dancing from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

Just 30 years ago, a group of parents came together around a kitchen table to start an organization that would help families of children with disabilities become advocates for better lives for children in NJ -- the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network(SPAN). In the


Due to high winds and weather concerns the COCC meeting scheduled March 2, 2018 is CANCELLED. Stay safe! 

SPAN Releases Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, FL

For Immediate Release 2/21/2019

SPAN has issued the following press statement on the latest school mass shooting:

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In the wake of the latest tragedy out of Florida, all at SPAN—each of us a parent, child, sibling, or friend—deeply mourn the February 14th murder of 17 students and teachers by a young man with legal access to a military-grade gun.  Seventeen people.  Fourteen children with dreams and promising futures.  Three coaches and teachers who cared deeply for their students and died protecting them.

SPAN Web-based resources for families

You can find a document that provides links to key resources of interest to families regarding early intervention, special education (including parental rights, the evaluation and IEP process, transition to adult life, and dispute resolution mechanisms), health and healthcare (including mental health and health for children with special needs), and other resources available on the SPAN website at


SPAN Supports Immigrant Children and Families!

SPAN strongly supports ensuring the safety and protection and well-being of our state and nation's immigrants, whether or not they are documented.  We welcome all NJ families to our events and acttivities and services, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, disability, religion, marital status, age, and./or immigrant status.  We support all New Jersey communities becoming Sanctuary Cities!  And as members of  the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice (, we work to ensure access to services, support family unity, and develop policies and strategies that provide


New Resource: Family Guide to Transition Services in NJ

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SPAN is pleased to provide you with this Family Guide to Transition Services in New Jersey. By providing one cohesive document on the transition process, services, and supports, we hope to make the journey easier for everyone. Transition can be a complicated time—this guide can answer your questions and can make transition a successful period for families and youth/young adults with disabilities.

URGENT Message: Act Today!

The civil rights and the physical and emotional well-being of students with disabilities are under attack in NJ!  Contact the Governor NOW!

  • Do you think it's ok for students to be subjected to restraints and seclusion while in school?
  • Do you think the NJ Legislature should craft a law that establishes disparate standards/procedures for students with and without disabilities?
  • Do you think students with disabilities should have less protection than students without disabilities?
  • Do you think we should increase the barriers for families of students with disabilities

USED Moves to Rescind Guidance & Dear Colleague Letters

  • The US Department of Education Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services has rescinded a list of 72 sets of guidance and Dear Colleague letters regarding IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act.

NJ Family Voices Coordinator Featured in National Campaign for Paid Family Leave!

Check out NJ Family Voices Coordinator Lauren Agoratus' story on how NJ paid family leave helped her family during their daughter's multiple health crises on the National Arc website at, on their You Tube channel (Paid Leave and Disability: One Family's Story) at, on their facebook page at, and on their Twitter feed at

NEW Guide for Developing Special Education Parent Advisory Groups

SPAN and the NJ Department of Education just launched a new resource, "Special Education Parent Advisory Groups in New Jersey:  A Guide to Developing and Running an Effective SEPAG."

Also available in Spanish: Grupos Consultivos de Padres en Educación Especial en Nueva Jersey l Una guía para desarrollar y dirigir un grupo efectivo 

The very teamwork and collaboration that are at the core of IDEA are also at the core of Special Education Advisory Group (SEPAG) development.