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December 21, 2021 | Issue 10 (View newsletter as webpage)

Important News

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A Snapshot of

Autism Spectrum Disorder in NJ

1 in 35 or 2.8% of 8-year-old children were identified with ASD by NJAS in 2018. This percentage is higher than the average percentage identified with ASD (2.3%) in all communities in the United States where CDC tracked ASD among 8-year-olds in 2018.

“The CDC-ADDM Network and the New Jersey Autism Study data have been valuable resources, especially in our work in the early childhood space, toward understanding the scope and impact of ASD and related conditions on children, families and communities.”

Deepa Srinivasavaradan

CDC Learn the Signs/Act Early Ambassador to New Jersey

State Parent Lead for Early Childhood Initiatives, SPAN

See the NJ data here (link)


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COVID-19 Vaccine

Fact Sheets

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities created a Vaccine Facts Series to address common myths and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines.

Download the topical fact sheets at the links below:

How People with Disabilities Can Stay Safer From COVID-19 During the Holidays

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People who are immunocompromised and individuals with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, are more at risk of complications from COVID-19. This article in the latest issue of Exceptional Parent magazine, written by Maria Docherty and Lauren Agoratus from SPAN, includes tips and resources for families.

Read the on-line article here

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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One Quick Note!

There will be no issue of The Bridge sent out next week on December 28.

Happy Holidays

from Everyone at SPAN!

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OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Ages 5-21

What does the data tell us?

View the pictured infographic here that displays data collected by the US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

As you review it, consider:

  • Look at the first two rows highlighted in yellow. These rows show the national population of ages 5–21 by race ethnicity and the percent of students by race and ethnicity served under IDEA, Part B.
  • Look at the rest of the rows which demonstrate the percent of students with disabilities by race and ethnicity and disability category.
  • Look at the rows for each disability category as compared to the first two rows.
  • What surprises you about this figure?

Dig deeper and the data reveals some very troubling statistics, such as:

  • Black or African American students with disabilities are more likely to be identified with intellectual disability or emotional disturbance than all students with disabilities and more likely to receive a disciplinary removal than all students with disabilities.
  • Hispanic students with disabilities are more likely to be identified with hearing impairment or specific learning disability than all students with disabilities.
  • White students with disabilities are more likely to be served inside a regular class 80% or more of the day than all students with disabilities and less likely to be identified with specific learning disability or intellectual disability than all students with disabilities.

To see the rest of the data, click the link here.

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