On June 16, 2021, Governor Murphy signed S3434/A5366 into law. The legislation extends school services for one year for disabled students who could not receive vital programs put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension will apply to students who turn 21 during the 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 school years. These schools teach life skills and provide job training to students with developmental disabilities. Senate President Sweeney and Senator Addiego co-sponsored S3434, and A5366 was co-sponsored by Assemblywomen Lampitt and Huttle and Assemblyman McKeon.
Porzio Governmental Affairs’ Barbara DeMarco, Laura Haney, and Rebecca Lubot, with the help of Porzio’s Elizabeth Shea, advocated for ASAH. Since 1974, ASAH has served private special education schools and agencies in New Jersey, ensuring the highest standards of service excellence for students and youth with disabilities. Lynn Nowak and Jacy Lance advocated on behalf of NJSHA, the premier state professional organization that empowers audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language and hearing scientists and future professionals.