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Celebrate 30 Years with Us!

Please JOIN US on Saturday, March 24, 2018 and be a part of this exciting event to commemorate SPAN’s founding, our accomplishments, and our bright future.  The celebration will be held at the Pines Manor on Rt. 27 in Edison with the Cocktail Reception from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the Awards Dinner & Dancing from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

Just 30 years ago, a group of parents came together around a kitchen table to start an organization that would help families of children with disabilities become advocates for better lives for children in NJ -- the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network(SPAN). In the


Due to high winds and weather concerns the COCC meeting scheduled March 2, 2018 is CANCELLED. Stay safe! 

SPAN Releases Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, FL

For Immediate Release 2/21/2019

SPAN has issued the following press statement on the latest school mass shooting:

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In the wake of the latest tragedy out of Florida, all at SPAN—each of us a parent, child, sibling, or friend—deeply mourn the February 14th murder of 17 students and teachers by a young man with legal access to a military-grade gun.  Seventeen people.  Fourteen children with dreams and promising futures.  Three coaches and teachers who cared deeply for their students and died protecting them.

Make Your Voices Heard: Changes to NJ Special Education Code

On February 27, Peg Kinsell, SPAN Public Policy Director, Jennifer Halper, Senior Staff Attorney and Legislative Coordinator of Disability Rights New Jersey were joined by more than 150 parents and advocates as they discussed the proposed changes to the state special education code and how they will impact that will impact parents and students rights, as well as the quality of programs and related services for students with disabilities.  For details on the proposed changes, see the white paper developed by a coalition of parents, educators and advocates and also additional information from