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Transportation Survey for People with Autism and their Families!

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and Rutgers University’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) are conducting a joint research study for the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Governor's Council for the Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. This study is intended to provide a broader, more comprehensive understanding of the transportation needs of New Jersey adults on the autism spectrum, and to identify the barriers that routinely prevent these needs from being successfully met.

The CAIT/VTC study, in the form of a confidential

Guidance on Effective Communication for Students with Disabilities

This guidance addresses the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. Issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice, the guidance is intended to help schools understand and comply with federal legal requirements on meeting the communication needs of students with disabilities. The guidance is issued in the form of a letter to educators (available in Spanish) and includes a Frequently Asked Questions document and a fact sheet for parents (also available in Spanish).

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Innovative Evidence Based Supports for Immigrant Families Served by FQHCs Evaluation & Key Findings

New findings from SPAN show the ISG III program was successful at improving rates of early and developmental screening, medical home implementation, and care coordination at three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) in New Jersey that serve families of primarily Hispanic and immigrant backgrounds. In addition, the program was successful at helping parents from these communities increase their knowledge, skills, and self-confidence related to partnering with professionals in the care of their children and understanding and navigating community programs and services.

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SPAN Testifies Before NJ State Senate on Proposed Charter School Legislation

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59

On October 16, the NJ State Senate held hearings on proposed charter school legislation that would update and increase accountability for the operation and performance of charter schools and make them more accountable for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students.  Our testimony called for even greater accountability and oversight to ensure that charter schools do not discriminate against these students in admissions, provision of services, or discipline.  SPAN will keep you informed of further developments!  Go to

Park the PARCC Changes to High School Graduation Requirements

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:37

From Stan Karp, Education Law Center.  Source: Courier Post

New Jersey high school students and their families have good reason to be concerned about graduation policies recently announced by acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. Hespe’s plan is the latest step in the New Jersey Department of Education’s rollout of new computer-based PARCC tests that all students must take in the spring. The tests are named for the Partnership. . .>>Read More

NJ Medicaid Waivers Transition to Managed Care Effective 7/1/14!

on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 20:53

Families of children (and adults) with disabilities need to know that New Jersey’s Medicaid waivers are moving to managed care effective 7/1/14.  This factsheet will help explain the new process and how to address concerns.  Please note:  The Medicaid Community Care Waiver (CCW) is not changing.  Everyone who has been receiving services through the CCW will continue to receive those services.

What will change for individuals currently receiving services through these Medicaid waivers?

The four NJ Medicaid programs, Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO), AIDS Community Care Alternatives

Transportation Survey for People with Autism and their Families!

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and Rutgers University’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) are conducting a joint research study for the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Governor's Council for the Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. This study is intended to provide a broader, more comprehensive understanding of the transportation needs of New Jersey adults on the autism spectrum, and to identify the barriers that routinely prevent these needs from being successfully met.

The CAIT/VTC study, in the form of a confidential

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