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Disability Rights Icon Judy Heumann Has Passed

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of the passing of Judy Heumann. Known to the world as ” the Mother” of the disability rights movement, she was a friend and fierce supporter of SPAN. Over the years she has presented at SPAN events, initiated and facilitated national and international […]

DREDF Marriage Equality webpage


The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a Parent Training and Information Center in the state of California, serving the families of children with disabilities, their youth and young adults (and beyond!) and the professionals that work with them.
DREDF developed a Marriage Equality webpage with very important information and resources about this topic. Did you know that millions of disabled Americans cannot marry without risking access to vital healthcare, community supports, and other disability benefits? Learn all about this here.

Behavior Problems

When children struggle with their behavior, it can have a negative impact on everyone in the family. Parents know they need to respond, but they often aren’t sure what’s the best strategy, especially if a child is frequently acting out and nothing seems to work.

This resource collection from the Child Mind Institute offers parents a comprehensive look at problem behavior. It covers many topics, including what may be triggering problem behavior, how to improve the parent-child relationship when it becomes strained, what to do if kids are struggling with behavior in school, and how to get professional help if you need it. The suite is also available in Spanish.

To take a closer look at the individual topics treated in the collection and to access it in English or Spanish, come here.

Buzz | On the Beauty and Challenge of Diversity

February honors Black history, and we are pleased to share with you multiple resources that spotlight not only the history of African Americans but also many current realities that affect many children, women, and men of color. To our enduring, inspiring diversity!

Buzz | Youth in Focus

Parent Centers, schools, and many community-based organizations work directly with youth who have disabilities, supporting their preparation for adulthood and all the excitement and challenge ahead. This issue of the Buzz will connect you with resources we hope you’ll find helpful in your youth-focused work.

Overview of Deafblindness

(2023) | Useful to Parent Centers and other family-facing organizations in sharing with families with a child or youth with deafblindness   Looking for a quick way to understand or explain what deaf-blindness is, how many children are affected, and how children who are deaf-blind learn and communicate? See the National Center on Deaf-Blindness’s (NCDB) An […]

Buzz | Dating, Romance, and Sexuality

The theme of this Buzz arises in recognition of upcoming Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Dating, romance, and sexuality are challenging, exciting, and on the plate for everyone, youthful and old, disabled or not. So let’s talk about it. Understand our normality. Prepare and protect. Accept what’s naturally part of us all.

This Buzz shares resources that shine a light on romance, sex, and dating for those with disabilities—and the rest of us, too!

Buzz | Kick Off 2023

This Buzz kicks off 2023 by bringing you a good handful of IEP resources to add to your collection, as well as two policy-related items.

Buzz | Video Libraries

Videos and webinars are good resources for professional development and for sharing with families. In this Buzz, we spotlight video collections on high-priority topics that you may find useful in the coming weeks and certainly in the coming year. Be well, enjoy the festivities ahead, thank you for all the hard and heartfelt work you’ve done in 2022. We’ll see you next year!


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