Fun Fact #17
SPAN isn't just about access to education
for children with disabilities. For over 20
years , Family Voices at SPAN has helped families of children with special health care needs find information about insurance, Medicaid, SSI, mental health, and more AND
participated in policy advocacy.
adult hands are holding a child's hands, which are holding a heart
profile of loving mother touching foreheads with her son with a disability, both are smiling
Family Voices NJ serves on several national projects, including:
  • National Quality Forum pediatric steering committee
  • UCLA Population Health for Children with Medical Complexity Project
  • National Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
  • National Institute Child Health pediatric priorities panel
  • Lucille Packard Foundation Framework for Assessing Family Engagement
  • Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaigns’ Family Council (SAMHSA)
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute reviewer

In just the past two years, Family Voices also provided testimony on:
  • Home and Community Based Services/Medicaid waivers
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Title V block grant
  • NQF health disparities
  • IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Council) strategic plan
  • Early Intervention Part C application
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, & Rehabilitation Research strategic plan
  • Statewide Transition Plan/Dept. of Human Services budget among others

Check out all the resources Family Voices NJ
has to offer on their web page .
Family Voices is just one of many affiliations SPAN is partnered with. Your generous donations help us continue our expanded mission of providing support in the areas of education and health.

In advocacy,
Diana Autin & Debra Jennings
Co-Executive Directors