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START Upcoming Events

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START Project Inclusion Mini-Conferences
Inclusion With the End in Mind

Effective use of supports and interventions is a key strategy for the successful inclusion of students with disabilities. Our conferences will focus on supports and accommodations in the classroom and community while preparing youth for positive outcomes after high school. Our special guest presenter is Amy Pleet-Odle, author of INCLUDED WITH THE END IN MIND.  Amy is an educator and parent of 2 young adults with special needs.  You will also hear from a student/self advocate sharing his/her story as an included student, as well as a panel of parents talking about their experiences with how inclusion benefits their children along with the importance of planning for their future.

With knowledge, tools, and passion parents and educators can help ALL children succeed.

Target Audience: Parents, grandparents, caretakers, professionals and educators of children with and without disabilities
March 3, 2018 - Hightstown, NJ 9 am-1 pm
March 24, 2018- Newark, NJ 9 am -1 pm


START Project Regional Trainings-
Overrepresentation of Students of Color in Special Education & Disciplinary Actions

The results of decades of research consistently show that students of color, particularly African American students (and even more so for those with disabilities), are at significantly increased risk for exposure to exclusionary discipline practices, including office discipline referrals and suspensions. (e.g., Fabelo et al., 2011; Losen & Gillespie, 2012; Shaw & Braden, 1990)

This is known as Disproportionality, which represents one of the most significant problems in education today at the local and at the national level.

Special Education Parent Leadership Roundtables  
New dates added!

Parent Leadership Roundtables are an opportunity to exchange ideas around what works to enhance and sustain family engagement in schools to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.  Strategies to start,  run, and sustain effective local special education parent advisory groups will be discussed.  Network with other parent leaders and educators in your county. Join us to hear what's been happening in your county and leave with fresh ideas for your group!  Please register if you plan to attend. 

To register by phone: 973-642-8100 ext. 123 
For more information: call 973-642-8100 ext 123 or email