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USED Moves to Rescind Guidance & Dear Colleague Letters

  • The US Department of Education Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services has rescinded a list of 72 sets of guidance and Dear Colleague letters regarding IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act.

NJ Family Voices Coordinator Featured in National Campaign for Paid Family Leave!

Check out NJ Family Voices Coordinator Lauren Agoratus' story on how NJ paid family leave helped her family during their daughter's multiple health crises on the National Arc website at http://www.thearc.org/paidleave, on their You Tube channel (Paid Leave and Disability: One Family's Story) at https://www.youtube.com/user/thearcoftheus, on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thearcus/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel, and on their Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/TheArcUS

NEW Guide for Developing Special Education Parent Advisory Groups

SPAN and the NJ Department of Education just launched a new resource, "Special Education Parent Advisory Groups in New Jersey:  A Guide to Developing and Running an Effective SEPAG."

The very teamwork and collaboration that are at the core of IDEA are also at the core of Special Education Advisory Group (SEPAG) development. SEPAGs engage parents, community leaders, and school district staff in collaborative teamwork to improve education, not only for those with disabilities, but for all children.

Make Your Voices Heard: Changes to NJ Special Education Code

On February 27, Peg Kinsell, SPAN Public Policy Director, Jennifer Halper, Senior Staff Attorney and Legislative Coordinator of Disability Rights New Jersey were joined by more than 150 parents and advocates as they discussed the proposed changes to the state special education code and how they will impact that will impact parents and students rights, as well as the quality of programs and related services for students with disabilities.  For details on the proposed changes, see the white paper developed by a coalition of parents, educators and advocates and also additional information from

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