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Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoDon't miss 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.”*  This conference agenda is about working together to "fix the environment" and  “Creating Change” by creating strong, informed parents, strong families, excellent schools, and stronger communities.  Register NOW - Early Bird discount ends April 17th! www.createchange2017.eventbrite.com. For the Conference Agenda, go to:  

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.

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.

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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