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Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoThanks to everyone who attended the SPAN "Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!" Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference on May 6, 2017 at the National Conference Center in East Windsor.  “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”*  The conference agenda focused on working together to "fix the environment" and  “Creating Change” by creating strong, informed parents, strong families, excellent schools, quality health, mental health, and human services, and stronger communities.  For the Conference Agenda, go to:  

SPAN Connecting to International Disability Advocacy Efforts

In October 2016, The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) hosted Jessica Lim, a Fellow from Brunei. Jessica works in Brunei, South Asia, at Learning Ladders, a non-profit organization that provides services to children with autism spectrum disorders. During her stay in the U.S., Jessica was deeply involved for three weeks in SPAN activities. She learned how SPAN is committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth.

When Jessica visited the US, she was part of the YSEALI

Celebrate National Women's Health Week May 14-21, 2017!

It's never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women's Health Week, the Office on Women's Health wants to help you take control of your health.  Take the first step! Join the National Women's Health Week celebration and learn what you can do to lead a healthier life at any age.  Find out more at https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw.

NJ Advocates To Secretary Duncan: NJ’s NCLB Waiver Will Harm Schools Serving Our Neediest Children

Trenton, NJ –  Dozens of New Jersey parent advocacy groups, researchers, civil rights and social justice organizations, organized labor, community activists and elected officialstoday urged Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to examine the disparate racial and economic impacts of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver granted to the state by the U.S. Education Department last spring. 

The request came in the form of a letter to Secretary Duncan outlining the signers’ concerns with the punitive accountability system put in place by the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) as a result of the

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