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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.

USDE Resources on ESEA Flex Waivers

The US DOE has developed a set of materials that provide an overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility process, also known as ESEA waivers, by which 34 states (including NJ) and DC have applied for and received flexibility on certain provisions of ESEA.  These materials, a brochure and five companion fact sheets, try to explain the rationale and intent of ESEA flexibility, as well as address key components and highlight plan elements for a number of states approved for flexibility. The brochure and fact sheets can be found on the Department's updated ESEA

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