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August 24, 2022 | Issue 42 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

New Jersey's

Learn the Signs,

Act Early


Deepa Srinivasavaradan, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at SPAN is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) Ambassador for New Jersey since 2014. Deepa has been selected to serve another two-year term from 2022-2024.

CDC’s LTSAE program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

Act Early Ambassadors expand the reach of the LTSAE program and support their respective state/territory’s work toward improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.

Professionals with medical, child development, developmental disability, special education, and early intervention expertise are selected by the Centers for Disease Control to serve in this role.

View the Learn the Signs. Act Early Ambassadors website here

Explore the Learn the Signs. Act Early resources here

View a short video "CDC’s Act Early Ambassadors: Champions of Developmental Monitoring" here

Check out SPAN's Early Childhood Initiatives here

For more information about the Act Early work in New Jersey, contact Deepa at:


Addressing Equity for Black Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

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A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnerships between patients, clinicians, medical staff, and families. It includes specialty care, educational services, family support, and more. 

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home is offering a FREE online course about factors that impact equitable health care for Black children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

This 2-hour course covers the following topics:

  • Historical Trauma of Racism and Ableism in Pediatric Medicine
  • Increasing Equitable Care for Black CYSHCN Through Medical Home
  • Intentionally Engage Black Fathers in their Children’s Care
  • Systems of Care for Black CYSHCN

This course is available at no charge.

 Learn more and register here

Learn more about the Medical Home model here

SPAN is the Family to Family F2F Health Information Center for NJ


Learn How to Prevent and Address Discrimination

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The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) offers training aimed at preventing and addressing discrimination through its Education and Training Unit.

These interactive sessions educate participants about their rights and responsibilities under the: 

  • New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
  • New Jersey Family Leave Act, 
  • Fair Chance in Housing Act

They also raise awareness about current anti-bias issues, including two focused on Youth Bias Prevention.

All workshops are currently being offered via Zoom and are FREE to the public.

 Learn more and register here

Upcoming Events

See what's happening

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

Highlighted Event this week

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Creating Content: How to Engage Youth and Families Webinar

Monday, September 19, 2022

2:00 PM ET

During this fun and engaging session, you will learn about:

  • best practices of social media engagement, and
  • creating social media content that will captivate and activate youth and families.

The webinar has the following objectives:

  1. Educate attendees on best practices for social media content.
  2. Showcase how social media content can be created to engage with, educate, and activate followers.
  3. Empower attendees to get the most out of their efforts on social media.

Presenters: Katy Albert, VP, Blender Inc. and Erin Thomson, Youth Advocate for Change committee member and Communications Consultant

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)

Register Here!

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