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April 5, 2022 | Issue 23 (View newsletter as webpage)

Important News

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How Families Can Approach 'The Great Unmasking'

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

The virus is still a concern, specifically, for children under 5 years old who are not eligible to be vaccinated and people for whom the vaccine is not as protective due to underlying medical conditions.

A framework to guide families in making decisions about participating in activities includes protecting: yourself, your family, and your community.

Protecting Yourself: Full vaccination, including booster(s), provides the most protection for those 5 years and older who do not have issues with their immune system.

Protecting Your Family: If you have kids under 5 or an immunocompromised person in your household, there are other considerations. Guidance varies depending upon community transmission rates. If transmission rates are low, families can prioritize the most important activities, like school. If rates are higher, it makes sense to wear masks at school or at small indoor gatherings, arrange outdoor playdates and avoid large indoor gatherings.

Protecting Your Community: For those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not up-to-date on vaccinations, quarantining and isolation are needed to keep others safe.

Learn more about the framework

Join SPAN for a Virtual Webinar about Kids and COVID-19 Vaccines

April 12, 2022

7 - 8:30 PM

Register Here

Únase a SPAN en un seminario virtual sobre los niños y las vacunas COVID-19

12 de abril de 2022

7 - 8:30 PM

Regístrese aquí




April 7, 2022

9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Virtual Symposium

Space is Limited!

No cost to register!

Professionals, family members, and individuals with autism alike will be presenting on a myriad of topics. including:

  • Cracking the code of social interactions,
  • Weathering autism and relationships
  • Current global policy and advocacy initiatives happening

Register for the Live Online Event

Download the Symposium Schedule

Law and Disability Conference

May 5, 2022

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Attend this hybrid conference to hear from experts in the field who will discuss:


  • Services available to individuals with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
  • How to divert individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system from incarceration to treatment and recovery. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the Community Law Project and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation

Review the Conference Agenda and Session Descriptions  

Register for the Conference 

Upcoming Events

See what's happening

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

Upcoming Events include:

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Vocational Rehabilitation:

How, Why & When

April 26, 2022

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join Us for Part 1 of a presentation by NTACT-The Collaborative for families, youth/young adults with disabilities and adult system representatives.

The workshop will address:

  1. The Vocational Rehabilitation process and transition services
  2. The distinction between pre-employment transition services and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  3. Why, when, and how students and youth can access pre-employment transition services and/or VR services.
  4. What an Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) includes and the role students, youth, and parents play in its development
  5. Important and often used jargon related to transition. 

Register Here

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