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Newark Schools Water Crisis - Children At Risk

A Brief Look at Lead Poisoning: Lead can build up in the body over a period of months or years. Even a small amount of lead in the body can cause serious problems–hence the term lead poisoning. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable, because their mental and physical abilities are still developing. Exposure to lead-based paint or paint dust is the most common avenue to lead poisoning. This exists in older buildings and poses a serious health hazard. The reality is that lead poisoning can come from other sources besides paint, including drinking water that contains lead. As the

Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship

On Tuesday, 2/16/16, SPAN Executive Co-Director, Diana Autin presented a webinar on Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship.  With close to 200 registrants, the webinar was well received and highlighted the critical importance of supporting youth with disabilities in making choices and decisions about their own lives.  Missed the webinar?  Click here to access a recording and other important resources!

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

By Presidential Proclamation, May is National Mental Health Awareness Month (see White House press release https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/28/presidential-proclamation-national-mental-health-awareness-month-2016.)  SPAN has created a mental health crisis factsheet.  This one-pager has quick tips, statewide resources, and contacts on what to do in a mental health crisis for both children and adults.  Check it out at http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/mental-health-crisis-factsheet .

Newark Schools Water Crisis - Children At Risk

A Brief Look at Lead Poisoning: Lead can build up in the body over a period of months or years. Even a small amount of lead in the body can cause serious problems–hence the term lead poisoning. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable, because their mental and physical abilities are still developing. Exposure to lead-based paint or paint dust is the most common avenue to lead poisoning. This exists in older buildings and poses a serious health hazard. The reality is that lead poisoning can come from other sources besides paint, including drinking water that contains lead. As the

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