SPAN Leadership Conference – March 23, 2019

From SPAN:

“Dear Community Partner

Please join me on Saturday, March 23, 2019, for the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference, “Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Now is the Time!” The conference will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey.  This biannual tradition is for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey’s education, health, mental health, family support, human services, and child welfare systems.  This gathering of current and emerging parent leaders is about creating change by creating strong parents, strong families, excellent schools and stronger communities.

I am looking forward to seeing you at this empowering event for parent leaders and the individuals who support them.  Please share this information with families, school administrators, organizations and others in your networks. You can register for the conference, reserve an exhibit space or support this event as a sponsor at: or use the attached Registration Form.

Remember: “When parents are informed, they envision the difference. When parents are engaged, they work toward the difference. And, when parents are informed, engaged and empowered, they make the difference!”

Very truly yours,–


Dawn Oliver Monaco
Senior Parent Professional Trainer
REACH for Transition
973-642-8100  X193
Fax: 973-642-8080
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Autism New Jersey’s Transition Conference – Feb 25, 2019

Autism New Jersey’s Transition Conference will be held on Monday, February 25 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. It is focused exclusively on preparing teens across the autism spectrum to enter adulthood and the adult service system. Designed for parents and professionals supporting individuals aged 14 and older, all of the information and resources shared is scientifically validated and will address the unique needs of these students. Families, teachers, paraprofessionals, child study team members, related service providers, and administrators have all reported the benefits of this event. Bill Freeman, M.Ed. from the DOE Office of Special Education will present “Planning for a Successful Life After Graduation: Considerations for the IEP Team.” 60 exhibitors are expected, and additional workshop topics include:

•       Environmental Enrichment and Challenging Behaviors
•       Self-Regulation & Problem-Solving
•       Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
•       Preparing for the Transition to Adult Day Services

Recent participants shared: 
“Today gave me a better understanding of my students’ behaviors, best-practice interventions, and some new perspectives to share with my coworkers.”

“Your conference helped me feel more informed and ready to face the next step in my son’s future.”

Details may be found at