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Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting – May 17, 2017, at The Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen School.

Our next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is set for Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at The Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen School from 7 – 9 P.M.

Our special guest will be Dr. Ellen Platt, a renowned Child Psychiatrist who will speak about such topics as helping Parents to deal with Anxiety and School Avoidance with Pre-School through  Elementary School Students. She will also hold a Question & Answer Session for our Parents

Dr. Platt held a very informative Forum for parents of our school Teens in January and she has graciously agreed to return to do the same for the parents of our younger age students at our May 17th Meeting.

The Early Childhood center at Forest Glen is located at 280 Davey Street, Bloomfield, N.J.  Davey Street is off Belleville Avenue, in Bloomfield.  After you turn onto Davey Street, just follow the winding road to the end and you will be in the School Parking Lot.

All are welcome. Please bring a friend and a question or two that you would like the Doctor to address.

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A Special Opportunity To See, Life, Animated,” an Oscar nominated film, Free showing in Glen Ridge. April 26, 2017 at 7 P.M.

Our friends at GRASE, (Glen Ridge Association for Special Education) have graciously extended a very special opportunity to Bloomfield SEPAC Members to see the film, “Life, Animated.” on April 26, 2017 at 7 P.M. in the Ridgewood Avenue Auditorium, 235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.

Based upon the book by Ron Susskind, “Life, Animated” tells the story of a man who learns how he can communicate and speak with his autistic son. Please CLICK THE LINK IN THE FLYER BELOW to view the Trailer for the movie.

Many thanks to The Glen Ridge Association for Special Education (GRASE) for their very kind invitation!

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Scholarships for High School Seniors

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This scholarship is unique since it allows 2017 graduates pursuing a college, university, technical, trade, or vocational school level education to apply. This scholarship is not solely based on academic achievement. Meaningful community volunteerism, participation in extra-curricular activities and essay response will all be considered when choosing recipients for these scholarships. Candidates do not need to be near the top of their class to be considered. All who are eligible are encouraged to apply.

Download Scholarship Application 

Autism Family Services of New Jersey 35 Beaverson Blvd.
Building 11
Brick, NJ 08723
Attn: Melanie McGackin
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Scholarship Applications and supporting documents are due by
April 22, 2017. Should you have any questions, please contact Andrea Racioppi at (800)336-5843 or by email.
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Landmark Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Special Ed Student!

“The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the unanimous opinion in today’s ruling.

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

School districts must provide students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said today in an 8-0 ruling.  (Emphasis added.)

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan, or IEP, provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.

The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district’s favor.

The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, guarantees a “Free Appropriate Public Education,” or FAPE, to all students with disabilities. Today’s opinion held that “appropriate” goes farther than what the lower courts held.

“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The case drew a dozen friend-of-the-court briefs from advocates for students with disabilities who argued that it is time to increase rigor, expectations and accommodations for all.

“A standard more meaningful than just above trivial is the norm today,” wrote the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

The ruling seems likely to increase pressure from families and advocates in that direction.

Significantly, Judge Neil Gorsuch, currently in confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court’s vacant ninth seat, has repeatedly ruled the other way on similar cases.

Gorsuch’s opinions in eight out of ten cases involving students of disabilities all tended toward limiting the responsibilities of school districts — for example, if they leave school of their own accord out of frustration. IDEA’s standard of a “free appropriate public education,” reads Gorsuch’s opinion in one of these cases, “is not an onerous one.”

When questioned on his record, in light of this new ruling, during his hearing today by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, he said “I was wrong, Senator, because I was bound by circuit precedent, and I’m sorry.”