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February 1, 2022 | Issue 15 (View newsletter as webpage)

Important News

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Virtual Town Hall - Protect Your Child's Right to Compensatory Education Now

February 9, 2022

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us to hear important information about compensatory education:

  • What is it?
  • Who is eligible?
  • How do I ask for it?
  • How is it determined?
  • Deadlines that may be approaching for requesting compensatory education

Panelists include:

  • Peg Kinsell, Director of Public Policy, SPAN
  • Jennifer Rosen Valverde, Esq./MSW; Clinical Professor of Law, Education and Health Law Clinic, Rutgers
  • Mercedes Witkowsky, Executive Director, NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities

Panel Moderated by: Brenda Considine, President, Considine Communications Strategies

Live interpretation into Spanish will be available for all sessions

Los talleres se interpretarán simultáneamente al español.

Register at this link

Access a helpful fact sheet and flow chart at this link


Sister to Sister "Ready to Birth" Virtual Series

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Join Sister to Sister for our "Ready to Birth" Series.

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM

February 9, 2022

What is a doula?

February 16, 2022

How can doula care support breastfeeding?

February 23, 2022

Do I need a birth plan?

We welcome all pregnant people and their families to attend.

Register for the sessions that speak to you at this link


Join us on FB Live!

Click on this link to learn more about SPAN's Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County

Funded by the NJ Department of Health

The Dynamic Duo: Oral Health and Dental Care for People with Disabilities

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Attend to learn important information about:

  • Daily oral hygiene, nutrition, and the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • How chronic conditions affect overall health and your oral health 

Presented by:

Yvonne Mikalopas, RDH, BA

State Dental Hygienist


Co-sponsored by:

New Jersey Chapter -

American Academy of Pediatrics

New Jersey Department of Health

New Jersey Division of Disability Services

February 8, 2022

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Register for the Zoom session at this link

February is

"Give Kids a Smile Month"

New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA)

Click here to see the: Give Kids A Smile Location Calendar

Click here for the NJ Dental Health Center Directory list by County of public dental clinics and services

Upcoming Events

See what's happening this month

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them. Check out our Event Calendar (link) for details and registration links.

Upcoming Events include (links):

And more (link)!

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Return to School Roadmap Resources Available in English and Spanish

These Return to School Roadmap documents are now available in both English and Spanish. 

Estos documentos de la hoja de Ruta de Regreso a las Escuela ahora están publicados en el sitio web de IDEA en español.

Haga clic aquí para Hoja de ruta de regreso a la escuela según IDEA: Carta a los socios estatales y locales

Haga clic aquí para Hoja de ruta para el regreso a la escuela: Child Find según la Parte B de la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades

Haga clic aquí para Hoja de ruta de regreso a la escuela: Prestación de servicios de intervención temprana

Haga clic aquí para Hoja de ruta para el regreso a la escuela: Child Find según la Parte B de la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades

Haga clic aquí para Hoja de ruta para el regreso a la escuela: Desarrollo e implementación de programas de educación individualizada en el entorno menos restrictivo conforme a la ley de educación para personas con discapacidades

Links to English Documents

Click here for Letter to Special Education and Early Intervention Partners 

Click here for Child Find, Referral, and Eligibility Under Part C of the IDEA

Click here for Provision of Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families Under Part C of the IDEA

Click here for Child Find Under Part B of IDEA

Click here for Development and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs in the Least Restrictive Environment Under the IDEA

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