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Oral Health is important for children with special needs!

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:10

The latest entry in the Family Voices Blog has been posted – Why Oral Health is Important for Children with Special Needs & How to Access It at  In this post, Lauren Agoratus (SPAN of NJ) discusses the importance of good dental care; finding dental coverage under the ACA, Medicaid and more; what those who are uninsured can do; and tips for families partnering with oral health professionals.  We have also created a tip sheet based on this blog that you can customize for families in your state.

Families Experiencing Problems with Transition to DDD's New Services System

on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:44

Families have been experiencing confusion on how to address the changes in the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), especially the 2013 graduates “interim group.”  Please note that the timeline for upcoming 2014 graduates can be found at To maintain DDD services, the adult child with a developmental disability now has to be eligible for Medicaid.

FairTest Calls for a Moratorium on Testing Costs and Stress

on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 13:41

With millions in federal Race to the Top money and ESEA “waivers” as incentives, all but a few states agreed to adopt Common Core standards. Two multi-state consortia — the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) — won federal grants to develop Common Core tests, which are due to be rolled out in 2014-15.  This fact sheet from FairTest highlights major Common Core myths and calls for a Moratorium From More Tests, Costs, Stress.