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SPAN Signs on to Police-Free Mental Health Letter

SPAN has signed on to the following letter from the Center for Law and Social Policy issued on July 16, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Lauren Agoratus, M.A. Named One of 50 Advocate Heroes by EP Magazine

JUNE 2020 SPAN is proud to announce that Lauren Agoratus, M.A. has earned the prestigious honor of being named one of “50 for 50” by EP Magazine in their Golden Anniversary issue, as one of 50 Advocate Heroes. As the magazine states, “EP is proud to honor 50 Advocate...

Diana Autin Receives Family Voices Health Equity Champion Award

JUNE 2020 The SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is immensely proud to announce that our own Executive Director, Diana Autin, has been presented with the 2021 Family Voices Health Equity Champion Award.   This award is given annually by Family Voices, a national...

SPAN Applauds Congress for Introducing Keeping All Students Safe Act

SPAN would like to applaud Congress for introducing the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA) which would make it illegal for any school receiving federal funds to seclude a child or use dangerous restraint practices that restrict breathing, such as prone or supine restraint.

Families, Youth and Professionals to Benefit from New SPAN Funding Awards

SPAN Parent Advisory Network of Newark, NJ is pleased to announce that it has received new or renewal funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services and the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration to provide information, training, and support to families, infants, toddlers, children, youth, and young adults with disabilities; as well as support to professional partners providing early intervention, special education, and transition to adult life services to these groups.

SPAN’s Deepa Srinivasavaradan Receives Merle McPherson Award from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

SPAN Parent Advocacy Network congratulates Deepa Srinivasavaradan, the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Ambassador to NJ, for being nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2020 Merle McPherson Award for “exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within state Title V programs and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).” Ms. Srinivasavaradan directs SPAN’s NJ’s Early Childhood Initiatives project, which celebrates children’s development and improves early identification. The goal of the project is to get children and families the services and support they need by addressing the needs of parents, parents-to-be, infants, and young children; and focusing on parent leadership development.

The New Jersey Deaf Mentor Program @ Kidz Village

The New Jersey Deaf Mentor Program @ Kidz Village

The New Jersey Deaf Mentor Program’s Kick-Off Event took place on Saturday, June 8th at Kidz Village in Woodbridge. Families with a Deaf or hard of hearing child attended the event to meet New Jersey’s Deaf Mentors. The Event provided the families the...