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June 12, 2024 | Issue 134 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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Pride and Mental Health

Inequity harms mental health. While being LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental health condition or concern, LGBTQ+ individuals experience mental health struggles at higher rates than their straight and cisgender peers. Mental health challenges among the LGBTQ+ community are primarily due to individuals facing stigma, discrimination, and bias in many forms.

LGBTQ+ individuals can be incredibly resilient and thrive in the face of adversity with the help of supportive families, peers, and communities. But the ultimate protective factor in LGBTQ+ mental health is removing these adversities altogether, which we can work to achieve through creating informed and affirming environments.

For LGBTQ+ individuals in need of mental health care and resources - from Coming Out resources, Gender Identity resources, youth resources, and more - Mental Health America has created a LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resource Center. To access all that it has to offer, click here.


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Justice Department Releases Webinar with Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to Improve Accessibility of School Buildings

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights have announced the release of a webinar setting out ways for school districts across the country to increase accessibility for students and teachers with disabilities in their school facilities. The webinar, “Accessible Public Schools,” was developed by the Justice Department in consultation with the Department of Education and responds to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation and report issued in 2020: School Districts Need Better Information to Help Improve Access for People with Disabilities. That report detailed significant accessibility barriers for students with disabilities across the country in the nation’s K-12 public school buildings, and recommended the federal government provide additional resources for school districts. 

To read their press release, click here.

To access the recorded webinar directly, click here.

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Montclair State Autism and Neurodevelopment Lab Seeks Communication Study Participants

Seeking adults 19+ years with an

autism diagnosis

The Autism and Neurodevelopment Lab at Montclair State University is starting a new project in collaboration with the Cognitive and Language Development Lab seeking to better understand communication between autistic and non-autistic individuals. Specifically, they are investigating how autism stigma, autism knowledge, and age in non-autistic individuals impact their ability to read nonverbal communication behaviors across different neurotypes.

They are currently recruiting adults ages 19 and up who have an autism diagnosis for this study.

To be contacted about participating, please click here.

All chosen study participants will receive a $30 gift card.

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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