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Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoREMINDER:  Please join 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!

The conference will include workshops that outline was that parent, families, and communities can partner with each other to ensure their children have the support and resources they need to succeed in life from cradle to career. 

Visit us at  www.createchange2017.eventbrite.com to register.  Hurry - there are only 10 days left for the Early Bird discount.  The deadline is April 2nd!   

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

Statewide Parent to Parent Support

The DCF Commissioner recently announced support for a Mom 2 Mom Program, a call center for families of children with disabilities experiencing stress and mental health concerns.  The role of Mom 2 Mom is to assess mental health risks and then connect families of children with developmental disabilities to mental health and other service providers.  This will meet an important need of families who have children with disabilities.  The services available through Mom 2 Mom will not include advocacy to help families access the services and supports their child and family need.

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