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Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoJoin us on May 6th at the National Conference Center in East Windsor for the Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!

It is important for parent leaders and professionals to learn skills to access services children need to ensure they become participating and contributing members of our communities.  The conference will focus on topics such as: Education Matters - From Cradle to Career | Health Matters - Caring for the Whole Child | Building our Skills to Create Change | Building our Skills to Take Action.

These sessions will give you the tools and

Town Hall Meetings - Your Opportunity to Educate Congress

Town Hall meetings are going on across the U.S. during Congress' February recess. Check out this state-by-state list.  Share this information with families in your networks.  Plan to attend, share your stories and opinions and make sure that family voices heard on health care, education, jobs, the environment and all of the issues affecting our children and families.

Telling the Story: The Importance of Health Care and Paid Leave

Check out these real-life stories demonstrating the importance of healthcare and paid family and sick leave and health coverage.  The storybook on Health Care is available at: www.spanadvocacy.org/content/healthcare-lifesaver-storybook-2017 and you can find the storybook for paid family leave and sick time at: www.spanadvocacy.org/content/paid-family-medical-leave-sick-time-storybook-2017

ADHD & Section 504 Guidance from US DOE Office for Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The guidance can be found here

Over the last five years, OCR has received more than 16,000 complaints that allege discrimination on the basis of disability in elementary and secondary education programs, and more than 10 percent involve allegations of discrimination against students with ADHD.

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