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Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoThanks to everyone who attended 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.”*  The conference agenda focused on working together to "fix the environment" and  “Creating Change” by creating strong, informed parents, strong families, excellent schools, quality health, mental health, and human services, and stronger communities.  For the Conference Agenda, go to:  

SPAN Connecting to International Disability Advocacy Efforts

In October 2016, The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) hosted Jessica Lim, a Fellow from Brunei. Jessica works in Brunei, South Asia, at Learning Ladders, a non-profit organization that provides services to children with autism spectrum disorders. During her stay in the U.S., Jessica was deeply involved for three weeks in SPAN activities. She learned how SPAN is committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth.

When Jessica visited the US, she was part of the YSEALI

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.

Help for Families Impacted by the Sandy Disaster

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  We hope everyone is safe and starting the recovery process.  Our offices in Newark now have power and our phone systems and internet service are up and running.  Over the next few days, our staff may not be at full force as each of us copes with the impact of Sandy on our homes and families.  So, please be patient with us.  We will get back to you.

In the meantime, here are some resources that may help:

  • For a listing of emergency shelters, warming stations and other assistance with immediate needs in your area, visit

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