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New Resource on Health Coverage Options now available

This guide was created for parents and professionals who need to understand health coverage options for the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities.  It describes different types of health coverage plans, what federal and state laws apply to these types of plans, how those laws affect what benefits are covered, and it provides tips on accessing benefits.

Ensuring that children receive the full range of intervention available through their health coverage is a collaborative effort between parents and professionals.

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Conference

Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! logoWe hope to see you on Saturday, May 6th at the National Conference Center in East Windsor for the SPAN Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!

The conference will focus on enhancing meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey's early childhood, education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems.

Hurry, the Early Bird discount is ending April 2nd!  Visit us at to register.  Exhibitors/sponsors can register at

Town Hall Meetings - Your Opportunity to Educate Congress

Town Hall meetings are going on across the U.S. during Congress' February recess. Check out this state-by-state list.  Share this information with families in your networks.  Plan to attend, share your stories and opinions and make sure that family voices heard on health care, education, jobs, the environment and all of the issues affecting our children and families.

Telling the Story: The Importance of Health Care and Paid Leave

Check out these real-life stories demonstrating the importance of healthcare and paid family and sick leave and health coverage.  The storybook on Health Care is available at: and you can find the storybook for paid family leave and sick time at: