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Senate Every Child Achieves Act passed the education committee 22-0​

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24 – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that the Senate would take up their bipartisan agreement to fix No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, July 7, said they look forward to an open debate on the Every Child Achieves Act, which passed unanimously out of committee in April.

“The consensus that Senator Murray and I, along with the entire Senate education committee, have found is this: Continue the law’s important measurements of academic

SPAN celebrates Supreme Court Decision Upholding ACA Subsidies!

SPAN is a proud member of the NJ for Healthcare Coalition and joins all of the coalition members in celebrating today's decision by the US Supreme Court upholding subsidies for consumers in states like NJ without their own health insurance exhange!  

New Jersey consumer health advocates cheered today’s Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.  The Court rejected arguments that tax credits were only available to consumers in states that had established their own health exchange.  Thirty-four states, including New Jersey chose not to, instead relying on, the federal exchange. 

NJ Paid Family Leave Focus Groups!

Did you know about NJ's paid family leave/family leave insurance?  Did you have or adopt a child in the last 2 years?  Interested in sharing your story about whether or not you took advantage of paid family leave insurance? Read more about the project at and check out the flyers about the focus groups at .  You can find out about who is eligible for paid family leave and how to apply to use it at 

SPAN Looking for Stories about Use of NJ Family Care in NJ!

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is helping the NJ American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-NJ) get stories from families of children with special needs about their experience with Medicaid.  We need both positive stories on access to care as well as problems families have had getting care for their child.  We are also concerned that federal funding to enhance funding for pediatricians who accept Medicaid ended as of December 31, 2014.  This may mean that fewer doctors will accept Medicaid, making it harder for families to get medical care.

Celebrate National Women's Health Week!

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with us May 10-16, 2015

Promote your health at every age! It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you. The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, the goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. Take the first step!

SPAN refunded as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center!

Family Voices @ SPAN has been notified that we have received three years of funding to continue to serve as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center for families of children with special healthcare needs!  Congratulations to the SPAN F2F team of Mercedes Rosa, Lauren Agoratus, Shirley Johnson, and Jeannette Mejias, and to all of us at SPAN!  Find out more about our F2F at

April is Autism ACCEPTANCE Month!

What is Autism Acceptance Month?  April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people.  Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds.

Sexual assaults against women with disabilities far too common

Sexual assaults against girls and women are far too common, but girls and women with disabilities are much more likely to be sexually assaulted.  Find out more about this in this article about sexual assault on campus.

DCF Commissioner Blake Celebrates Parent Leadership Month!

DCF Commissioner Alison Blake provided welcoming comments at the February 27 Parent Leadership Breakfast in Newark and commended Parents Anonymous of NJ and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) for our support of parent leadership at all levels.  Her comments follow:

Celebrating Parent Leadership Month, this morning I participated in Parents Anonymous’ Parent Leadership Recognition Breakfast.  This annual event salutes parents and their commitment to raising strong families.

SPAN Testimony Supporting NJ's HCBS Transition Plan

On Thursday, February 19, there is a public hearing about the state's proposed Home and Community-Based Services Transition Plan.  The plan is a serious attempt to move NJ into compliance with the new federal rules and to help make NJ a more inclusive state for people with disabilities.