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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.

When Violence Strikes

We are very saddened to hear of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and send our sincere thoughts and condolences. Tragic events such as this one are very challenging for families, schools and entire communities. As we try to help our children find some comfort and sense of safety in the face of such tragey, these excellent resources from The Center for School Mental Health  related to school crisis response are free and readily available:  Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events at Schools.  You can also get useful information from the Substance