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July 13, 2022 | Issue 36 (View newsletter as webpage)  Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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July is Disability Pride Month

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990 to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Following this legislation, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day event in July 1990 and Disability Pride Month was born.


Many cities have Disability Pride events to celebrate in July. The idea is similar to movements like LGBTQ+ and Black Pride. It is a month to celebrate each other's uniqueness and take pride in who we are.  

Read more about Disability Pride and the Disability Pride flag here

Check out "11 Ways to Celebrate Disability Pride Month - 2022" here



Inclusion Resources from STEMIE

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The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center focuses on engaging young children (ages 0-5) in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities. 

Some of the best new resources for supporting quality inclusion and STEM, language, and literacy come from STEMIE

One new resource is the "Why Inclusion" video series. Closed Captioning is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Check out the 3 part series: 

Part 1: Let's Change Attitudes and Beliefs

Part 2: Key Characteristics of Quality Inclusive Programs

Part 3: Social Outcomes in Inclusion

Review the June 2022 issue of Resources within Reason here to see all of the highlighted inclusion resources

Sign up here to receive the quarterly list of free resources on an early childhood/early childhood special education topic

Using Technology for Remote Support, Self-Management, and Success in Employment and the Community

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This brief is one in a series developed by the Institute for Community Inclusion.  The briefs help community providers provide services to those currently working, seeking employment, or engaged in community-based day supports.

This resource addresses a variety of topics related to using technology to provide support, including:  

  • Considerations in Using Technology
  • Technology Checklist
  • Using Technology to Job Coach Remotely
  • Paying for Technology
  • Identifying Appropriate Technology
  • Using Technology for Task Management and Effective Job Performance

Most of the information in this resource is also helpful for IEP teams supporting students transitioning from school to adult life. 

Read the brief here

Check out the series of publications on providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic here

Upcoming Events

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

Upcoming Events include:

Starting and Running an Effective SEPAG


This virtual workshop is designed to provide an overview of the role and function of a Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG). We will discuss best practices, tips, and strategies for the effective implementation of SEPAGs or other parent groups.

Anyone interested in developing an effective parent group to support the engagement of parents to improve outcomes for all students, especially students identified for special education services are welcome.

Spanish interpretation is available upon request. 

 Wednesday, July 20, 2022,

at 7:00 PM

Register Here 


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

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