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June 5, 2024 | Issue 133 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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NJ DDS Reminds SSI Recipients of Irregular Payments Through 2024

In its most recent newsletter, the N.J. Division of Disability Services (NJ DDS) reminded recipients of Social Security payments that the Social Security Administration's schedule of payments for the remainder of the year may appear irregular compared to the first half of the year.

The SSI payment usually occurs on the first weekday of the month. However, multiple irregular payments are scheduled for the remainder of this year. Recipients may receive two payments or none in certain months per the Social Security Administration’s Schedule of Benefit Payments for 2024.


  • 2 payments in May (May 1 and 31)
  • NO payment in June;
  • 1 payment on July 1;
  • 2 payments in August
  • (August 1 and 30);
  • NO payment in September;
  • 1 payment on October 1;
  • 2 payments in November (November 1 and 29); and
  • NO payment in December


The NJ DDS advises that SSI recipients should therefore make sure that their resources will remain under $2,000 in June, September, and December.


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ACL Reminds Advocates of the Link Center - Bridging Supports for People with I/DD and Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

At least one-third of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) also have a mental health disability. However, mental health systems are often not equipped to accommodate people who also have other disabilities, particularly those with developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. As a result, many are unable to get the care and support they need.

Significant provider capacity shortages can lead to long stays or boarding in inappropriate settings like hospital emergency departments and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, people with co-occurring I/DD and mental health conditions often struggle to the get the treatment and services they need because of siloed services systems. Some address only mental health needs. Others address only needs related to the person’s other disabilities — and often only a portion of those. Finding all of the access points and engaging with each one individually to cobble together the holistic services a person needs can be challenging under the best of circumstances. For a person experiencing a mental health crisis, it can be an insurmountable barrier to care.

That is why ACL created The Link Center. Led by four national organizations representing directors of the state agencies that provide I/DD, mental/behavioral health, and brain injury services, The Link Center focuses on building partnerships and facilitating information-sharing across systems.

Please remind yourself of all of the strategies and resources offered by The Link Center by taking a look at their website today.

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Disproportionality in Special Education Fueled by Implicit Bias

IEPs have benefited many students. But along the way, something surfaced: Implicit bias. Consequently, many students of color and multi-language learners have been disproportionately misidentified and misplaced, impacting the types of services students needed or did not need. Check out this article from the National Education Association with tips, resources, and support to identify and place students of color with disabilities accurately and without bias.

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Join Us for a Seneca Village, Central Park Walking Tour to Benefit SPAN!

Saturday, June 8, 2024

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

How and why does a community form, come together, thrive, and break apart in the course of 32 short years? What external forces had an impact on these families? What does it mean to us almost 200 years later?

These are just a few of the subjects we explore in this walking tour of Seneca Village, a thriving integrated community that existed on land that would become the western edge of Central Park between 1825-1857.

During this period in NYC history, this neighborhood, and the city as a whole, was at the very threshold of feeling the impact of multiple historic, closely packed, monumental occurrences.

We will walk through this history with a number of these families. We will learn how they lived, worshipped, earned a living, created families and friendships, and made an impact well beyond these 30 acres, and 32 years.

Come join us as we walk through history and meet these inspiring people.

A tax-deductible donation of $100 to SPAN is suggested to attend.

For more information and to join us, please click here.

Seeking Participants for Project Supporting Community Stakeholders' Outreach to Immigrant Families

Dr. Nicole Edwards and Dr. Zeynep Ercan, funded by the New Jersey Health Foundation, are conducting a one-year project to improve community stakeholders' support for immigrant families with young children in New Jersey through training and intervention. The study will involve educators, health providers, and immigrant parents, using surveys, interviews, and virtual meetings to assess and enhance awareness, self-efficacy, and outreach efforts. Participants will receive training and stipends, with the goal of informing policies and practices to better support these families.


  • Self-identifying immigrant parents of young children (birth to age 5) willing to share their experiences.
  • Educators, health providers, and social support agents in NJ who work with immigrant families.

To participate in the project, click here.

Upcoming Events

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

Highlighted Event This Week

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Special Education Workshop Series

IEP Measurable Goals

June 20, 7:00PM-8:00PM


Hackensack Meridian Fitness and Wellness Center

87 State Rte. 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607

This workshop provides parents and professionals with strategies to create IEPs with measurable annual goals and objectives as well as the required information regarding student progress. Step-by-step guidance in writing measurable goals to meet student needs is provided.

Maintaining high expectations and accountability through the measurement of student progress is also discussed.

For more information and to register, click here.

See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

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Tips for Making Time Just for You Featuring In-Person Early Voting

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