We are very pleased to have renowned Parent Coach, Maria Sanders, LSW, to participate in our ONLINE SEPAC MEETING. Ms. Sanders has consistently been very generous of her time in presenting at our Meetings and helping answer Parents questions.
Maria Sanders is a Licensed Social Worker and PCI Certified Parent Coach®. She works with parents struggling with any parenting challenge, from getting a child to sleep to communicating with a taciturn teen. A lot of her work is supported by Conscious Parenting and Collaborative Problem Solving. Maria Sanders is Certified in the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach by Think:Kids, a program based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA
Maria works one on one with parents virtually (phone or video) or in her Montclair office. She offers programs to public schools, independent schools, preschools, pediatrician offices, professional organizations, and corporate settings.
For more information about Maria Sanders, you can check out her website:
The Bloomfield Board of Education broadcast their Board Meeting last night, (Oct. 13, 2020.) Superintendent Goncalves and Assistant Superintendent Joseph Fleres gave very comprehensive details on the current Plans to reopen Schools for In-Person Classes on Nov.30, 2020 and on maintaining Virtual Classes for Parents who choose to do so; including schedules, safety measures and Staffing.
They fielded numerous questions from Bloomfield Parents as did the B.O.E, Members. Thus far, over 2,000 have viewed this video. This allowed for many more Bloomfielders to “attend” the Meeting and they took time to answer many more questions than could have been answered under regular conditions.
“Know Your Rights: Heading Back to School During the Pandemic
In the Spring, many students made less than expected academic progress due in large part to the distance learning plans implemented by many New Jersey school districts. Mary Frances Palisano and Debra Clifford, Team Leaders of the Gibbons Child Advocacy Team, will discuss strategies and provide tips to help parents advocate for their struggling learners in the Covid-19 reality of remote instruction. Now is the time to get prepared to avoid further learning gaps.
Please join us Monday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Topic: Special Education Discussion (arranged by Emily Goldberg)
Time: Aug 17, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Many children with special needs are facing new challenges amid the pandemic. @RichardEngel, whose son Henry has special needs, reports on the challenges they face without in-person learning, therapies and socialization. pic.twitter.com/eZ2OpYEu7p
Acompáñenos en una conversación virtual totalmente en español. Esta es nuestra oportunidad para hablar y compartir de nuestras experiencias tras el COVID-19, el cierre de las escuelas y el aprendizaje remoto
-Discutiremos los desafíos de los estudiantes Latinos y sus familias durante el COVID-19
– Representantes de SPAN hablaran sobre los servicios y programas disponibles para las familias
-Información sobre los planes de reapertura de escuelas y como las familias pueden involucrarse.
From the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities:
“Every five years, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities develops a State Plan that reflects a comprehensive review of major service systems and issues as they affect children, teens, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in New Jersey. The State Plan is developed in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The Council’s work centers around system change activities.
The plan is important because it outlines goals, objectives, and activities that the NJCDD will implement in order to bring about system change. The State Plan guides the work of the Council and drives decisions about how staff and fiscal resources are used.
Right now, NJCDD is in the process of developing its Five-Year State Plan for the period from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2026.
We are gathering input from the community to formulate our goals for the next five years. We want to hear from individuals with I/DD, families, caregivers, service providers and other stakeholders about what is working for people with developmental disabilities; what needs to change; and, how could it be changed.”
GOOGLE LIVE TRANSCRIBE Can be a very helpful APP, for your phone for aiding communications with those who are hearing impaired, deaf or have trouble processing speech. Basically, when opened it gives live closed captioning to the words you say, which come up on your phone screen and the other party can read what you have just said. They can respond with spoken words or type. You can also switch between languages.
” Live Transcribe was made in collaboration with Gallaudet University, the premier Deaf and hard of hearing university in the US.”
From the good folks at Hinkle, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law:
Special Olympics NJ Virtual Summer Games
Start on Friday, June 5
Here’s How to Join in the Fun…
As you may know, Hinkle Prior & Fischer is actively engaged in supporting the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. Every year we look forward to seeing you at our booth in Olympic Village.
This year, the live Summer Games we have come to love will be replaced by a Virtual Summer Games. Click here to learn more: sonjsummergames.org.
There are lots of great opportunities to support the athletes of SONJ and be a part of the Virtual Summer Games.
The athletes have been preparing by conditioning and practicing at home. They are ready and excited to compete, please show your support by watching opening ceremonies, cheering on the athletes with a sign or poster and/or joining in the celebratory events. This fun, free event helps us build community and stay #JerseyStrong.
Here is how to be part of the fun:
1) Mark Your Calendar – On Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Virtual Summer Games Opening Ceremony will debut on sonjsummergames.org. Don’t miss it.
2) Be a “Fan in the Stands” – Go to this link: https://sonjsummergames.org/volunteer-registration/ to learn about ways to be part of the Virtual Opening Ceremony Video. Scroll down to upload a poster, chalk drawing, picture or video of you and your friends with words of encouragement for the athletes.
3) Join us on Social Media – Share your photos and videos to the Virtual Summer Games Facebook Group, follow and tag our social media platforms using #SONJVolunteers, #GenuineJerseyPride.
4) Be part of the dance party following the opening ceremony on June 5: