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December 21, 2022 | Issue 58 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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What a Night! The SPAN 35th Anniversary Gala

The SPAN 35th Anniversary Gala took place on December 12th and what a tremendous evening it was! The event was our largest gala with more than 165 attendees and 20 sponsors.


We were proud to honor the seven deserving awardees below who moved us with both their work and powerful acceptance speeches:


  • Power Through Policy Legislator Awards: Senator Teresa Ruiz (Education) and Assemblyman Daniel Benson (Healthcare)
  • Organizational Advocacy Leadership Award: NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice
  • Diana Cuthbertson Parent Leadership Award: LaVonia Abavana
  • Excellence in Media Award: Kelly Heyboer, Investigative Reporter and the Star-Ledger Editorial Board
  • Albert E. Pelham Employee Recognition Award: Maria Rodriguez
  • Board of Directors Extraordinary Service Award: John Pennett


SPAN Executive Co-Director, Diana Autin, who will be stepping down from her role on December 31, was also presented with a Leadership Legacy Award in recognition of her 28 years of leadership at SPAN and her many accomplishments on behalf of families, children and youth with the greatest need.


It was an evening of celebration with good food, great fellowship, and recognition of SPAN’s 35 years of impact.


To access the gala site and see photos from the event, click here.  


It’s not too late to join our other supporters! Click here to make a year-end donation to SPAN.

Upcoming Events

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them.

Highlighted Event This Week

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REAL Transition Partners

Understanding Alternatives to Guardianship

January 26, 2023

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Join Us to:

  • Discuss what guardianship is and is not
  • Review alternatives to guardianship, including Supported Decision-Making, for transition-aged youth with disabilities
  • Hear from the Center for Youth Voice, Youth Choice youth ambassadors, self-advocates and families
  • Learn about the work of The Center for Youth Voice, Youth Choice and its partners to collaboratively advance alternatives to guardianship

Register Here

Questions - Contact Dawn Monaco

See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

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Positive Awareness

Knowing your strengths, challenges, needs, and wants can be important in your pathway to success. Read more about how to find support through self-awareness in the latest blog post, "Positive Awareness."

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