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New Resource on Health Coverage Options now available

This guide was created for parents and professionals who need to understand health coverage options for the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities.  It describes different types of health coverage plans, what federal and state laws apply to these types of plans, how those laws affect what benefits are covered, and it provides tips on accessing benefits.

Ensuring that children receive the full range of intervention available through their health coverage is a collaborative effort between parents and professionals.

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoWe hope to see you on Saturday, May 6th at the National Conference Center in East Windsor for the SPAN Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!

The conference will focus on enhancing meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey's early childhood, education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems.

Hurry, the Early Bird discount is ending April 2nd!  Visit us at  www.createchange2017.eventbrite.com to register.  Exhibitors/sponsors can register at www.2017createchangesponsorexhibit.eventbrite.com

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.

U.S. Education Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

Source:  US Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.

 The guidance released today includes a parent and educator resource guide; a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and question

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