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September 21, 2022 | Issue 46 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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Friday, September 23, 2022

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

DCF Training Academy

30 Van Dyke Ave,

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


As part of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations, Governor Murphy is holding a Hispanic State Resource Fair in partnership with the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission.

The event will build on this year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme of “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” by sharing State resources with New Jersey's Latino community.


Look for the SPAN table!  

Please share with your networks and on social media. 

RSVP here  

Questions? Send an email here 


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Early Developmental Screenings 

Are you curious about your child's development?

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing quick and free virtual developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old via video or phone.

The screening will take approximately 30 minutes and includes:

  • an interactive questionnaire and
  • conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Families will also receive valuable resources about early childhood development.

Registration is required by completing this online form

For more information contact Amy Norton via email or phone


View a brief video about Early Developmental Screening here

Learn more about SPAN's Learn the Signs. Act Early. program here

Special Education Miniconference: Preparing for the New School Year - Recordings Available

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Visit our YouTube channel to view recorded sessions from our August, 2022 Virtual Miniconference!

Topics include: 

Welcome and NJDOE Updates - Kathleen Ehling, MAT, JD, Assistant Commissioner, NJDOE

Keynote Presentation - Your Role in Advocating for Mental Health Equity in Your School; Micahel Hannon, PhD, LAC(NJ), NCC, Associate Professor Montclair State University

Impact of COVID on NJ Discipline Policies: Reports from the Field - Peg Kinsell, SPAN Policy Advocacy Director

Assistive Technology for Executive Function Skills - Adam Krass, MS, ATP, Assistive Technology Consultant and Maria Flores, Executive Director, Family Partners of Hudson County

Parent Groups as Catalysts for Better School Communities - Debbie Esposito and Jeannine Brinkley, SPAN

All recordings include links to the materials in the description and have Spanish captioning available. 

Check out the YouTube playlist here

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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Hybrid Workshop Series


October 5, 12 and 26, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Join us in person at SPAN:

35 Halsey Street, 4th Floor,

Newark NJ 07102 -

Masks required and light refreshments provided


Join via Zoom - link provided upon registration.

  • October 5, 2022 - Basic Rights: An introduction to rights and responsibilities as parents of children with disabilities - Register Here

  • October 12, 2022 - Key Components of the IEP: A review of the essential  components of an IEPRegister Here

  • October 26, 2022 - From Measurable Goals to Making Progress: Strategies to create IEPs with measurable annual goals as well as the required information regarding student progress - Register Here

You are encouraged to attend all 3 workshops - Register for each one.

Live Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Questions or Need Assistance? 


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

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