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Welcoming Our NEW Disproportionality Specialist

The START Project at SPAN is very excited to announce a new component of our work will focus on empowering parents to address the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in special education programs. Disproportionality refers to the “over-representation” and the “under-representation” of a particular demographic group in special education programs relative to the presence of this group in the overall population. Parents can make a difference in ensuring all children receive an appropriate education.

Prevent Bad Behavior in Schools. Don't Punish It!

The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a nationwide study yesterday entitled The School Discipline Consensus Report that suggests that school officials focus on improving the learning environment rather than spending so much time dwelling on how to react to bad behavior.  The study also shares a set of tools, which can be used to minimize reactive punishment and maximize preventing bad behavior before it happens.  Read more > > >

Source:  The Justice Center, Council of State Governments.  June 9, 2014

Seven Questions Every Parent Should Ask about Disproportionality

Source:  National Education Association

Parents, caregivers, and community members, working with their local schools, should ensure that students who are culturally and linguistically diverse receive an excellent and appropriate education.  These questions are designed to help parents and others address disproportionality -- the over- and underrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse children (CLD) in special education and gifted and/or talented programs.  Read more . . . 

SPAN Perspectives

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

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

NJ MEDICAID WAIVERS TRANSITION TO MANAGED CARE 7/1/14: MEDICAID MANAGED LONG TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS (MLTSS)

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

NJ Department of Education releases findings of NJ Student Health Survey!

on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:09
Want to know about student health in NJ?  The New Jersey Department of Education has released findings of our spring 2013 survey of public high school students called the New Jersey Student Health Survey.  They have introduced a new report format that will allow you to use sections as fact sheets.  The new format has also allowed the NJ DOE to present more information about trends.  Notice that the 2013 survey included questions about depression and suicide, which are not asked in every survey administration.

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 http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/blog/.  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.

Welcoming Our NEW Disproportionality Specialist

The START Project at SPAN is very excited to announce a new component of our work will focus on empowering parents to address the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in special education programs. Disproportionality refers to the “over-representation” and the “under-representation” of a particular demographic group in special education programs relative to the presence of this group in the overall population. Parents can make a difference in ensuring all children receive an appropriate education.

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