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GIve to SPAN if you're giving on #GivingTuesday!

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday please consider making a gift to the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network to honor a loved one or colleague or just to help us make policies, programs, services and outcomes better for children and families. 
 
To do so, please send your check by mail to:  SPAN, 35 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102, donate on our website, www.spanadvocacy.org or call us 800-654-SPAN (973-642-8100). 

 Your generosity allows us to continue our services and outreach on behalf of children and families facing the greatest challenges.

Transportation Survey for People with Autism and their Families!

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and Rutgers University’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) are conducting a joint research study for the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Governor's Council for the Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. This study is intended to provide a broader, more comprehensive understanding of the transportation needs of New Jersey adults on the autism spectrum, and to identify the barriers that routinely prevent these needs from being successfully met.

The CAIT/VTC study, in the form of a confidential

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Celebrates 25 Years!

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is celebrating 25 years of supporting families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families, and the family-run organizations that serve them!  FFCMH is a national family-run organization that links more than 120 chapters and state organizations across the nation.  SPAN is a proud chapter of the FFCMH and joins family-led organizations everywhere in congratulating them on their 25 years of service!  Find out more about the FFCMH at www.ffcmh.org. 

SPAN Perspectives

SPAN Testifies Before NJ State Senate on Proposed Charter School Legislation

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59

On October 16, the NJ State Senate held hearings on proposed charter school legislation that would update and increase accountability for the operation and performance of charter schools and make them more accountable for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students.  Our testimony called for even greater accountability and oversight to ensure that charter schools do not discriminate against these students in admissions, provision of services, or discipline.  SPAN will keep you informed of further developments!  Go to

Park the PARCC Changes to High School Graduation Requirements

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:37

From Stan Karp, Education Law Center.  Source: Courier Post

New Jersey high school students and their families have good reason to be concerned about graduation policies recently announced by acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. Hespe’s plan is the latest step in the New Jersey Department of Education’s rollout of new computer-based PARCC tests that all students must take in the spring. The tests are named for the Partnership. . .>>Read More

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

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

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 waivers?

The four NJ Medicaid programs, Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO), AIDS Community Care Alternatives

GIve to SPAN if you're giving on #GivingTuesday!

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday please consider making a gift to the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network to honor a loved one or colleague or just to help us make policies, programs, services and outcomes better for children and families. 
 
To do so, please send your check by mail to:  SPAN, 35 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102, donate on our website, www.spanadvocacy.org or call us 800-654-SPAN (973-642-8100). 

 Your generosity allows us to continue our services and outreach on behalf of children and families facing the greatest challenges.

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