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SPAN Statement Condemning Recent Mass Shootings and Domestic Hate

May 19, 2022 As an organization founded in social and racial justice, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network is sickened and saddened by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Dallas, Texas, and Orange County, California. The tragic loss of life in each of these...

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.