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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events - view a Calendar of New Jersey Events for families and professionals  interested in the well-being of infants, toddlers, children, youth/young adults and their families.



SPAN offers workshops for parents, professionals and practitioners.  These sessions offer information and resources combined with hands-on activities so you can:  Develop new skills and apply this new knowledge in real life situations;  Increase your knowledge of your rights regarding your child’s educational or health needs;  and connect with other parents who “understand” what you are experiencing.  There are dozens of topics in education, special education, health care, mental health, youth self-advocacy and more.  Take a look - sign up for a workshop today!   

Click here for a listing of workshop topics and related materials.

Click here for the latest schedule of workshops & sign up for a workshop today!

Click here to download the Workshop Offerings Fall/Winter 2017

Assistive Technology (AT) Workshops

Assistive Technology Flyer


Computer based supports can offer tremendous  benefits to students with disabilities. Join us to  learn how to access these important services. 

See registration link below for each session listed.


Contact Nicole at 


Click on the flyer to download a copy.

This series of hands-on workshops will help parents learn how assistive technology helps students with disabilities struggling with a range of school-related activities.

AT & Literacy

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Arc, Fair Lawn

AT & Math

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Ocean Library, Forked River

AT & Transition

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Encouraging Kids, Hamilton

AT & Communication

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

10:00 – 11:30 am

SPAN Office, Newark

AT Consideration & Evaluations

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Atlantic FSO, Northfield

AT & the IEP Process

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

10:00 – 11:30 am

Municipal Bldg, No. Brunswick




















NJSNCC Webinar Series

As part of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence's 2016 Spring Webinar Series, three SPAN staffers, Diana Autin, Jeannette Mejias, and Deepa Srinivasavaradan, presented a webinar entitled "Cultural Implications of Screening for Families from Diverse Backgrounds".  Click here to access this webinar and others in the NJSNCC's webinar archives such as Impact of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Disability Services and Supports; Becoming a Culturally Competent Medical Home; Community Interpreting, Best Practices: A Lightning Overview of Current National Standards; and Racial/Ethnic Minority Fathers of Individuals with Autism: Considerations for Care & Support.


Register for the LUNCHTIME LEARNING Webinar Series: Special Education Tips, Tools & Techniques!

Special education is a complicated process.  Students do better when their parents are informed about their rights.  This 6 session webinar series will provide you with tips, tools and techniques that you need to be an active participant in edcuational decisions regarding a child receiving special education services.  This series will provide you with 1) an overview of the major components of the special education process, 2) useful tools to help you through the process and 3) helpful tips & techniques you can use in meetings and school communications.  All sessions are from 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM.  You can register for the entire series or just the sessions you're interested in!

Section 504 and the Ameicans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Schools  |  Supporting Struggling Students  |  Literacy for Families for Families |   



Round the Clock Learning

Couldn't make the live training session?  No Problem. Click here to access presentations around the clock....

Also check out our archives of mp3 recordings and electronic documents.   You'll find you can learn about special and general education, health advocacy, parent leadership, public policy and much more –

whenever it’s convenient for you!

Comprehensive Training Series

SPAN presents several comprehensive training series:

SRP – SPAN Resource Parent Training - click here or on the flyer for more details!

Surrogate Parent Training  |  Parents Engaged In Public Policy  |  Parent Leadership Development - contact us for more information.



Customized Trainings & Workshops

SPAN is a non-profit agency. Each year, we provide a limited number of FREE county-based and regional workshops open to all.  We can offer customized workshops and development opportunities for schools, districts, agencies and community-based agencies on a fee-for-service basis.  For details, contact our Director of Parent and Professional Development.


TRANSLATION & INTERPRETATION:  We offer most workshops in Spanish, as well as English.  We can also provide workshops in other language upon request.  Sign Language interpretation can also be made available. Please let us know your translation & interpretation needs.