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Pathway To Success – Sept. 10, 2019. 4-6 PM

The Partnership For Children of Essex invites: All Bloomfield Special Needs Students and Their Families to attend –  A Pathway to Success event on Tuesday, September 10th from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM outside the Bloomfield Public Library. The event is targeted for youth ages 14-21 to provide them with the necessary tools to be successful in post-secondary life but youth of all ages and their families are welcome to attend. There will be education resources, transition services/programs for youth with developmental disabilities, a presentation on financial literacy, local colleges/universities, and more. There will also be food and refreshments available, as well as prizes and giveaways.

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The National Council on Disability Report – “The Segregation of Students With Disabilities.”



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April is Autism Awarness Month. April 2 is World Autism Day! Glen Ridge has two informative Special Ed Meetings.

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Our friends at the Glen Ridge Association for Special Education have graciously invited all Bloomfield SEPAC Members to two informative evenings in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. The first is April 2, 2019 at Forest Avenue Elementary School. 287 Forest Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ. 07028 at 7 P.M,

Tuesday, April 2nd at 7pm (Forest Ave) – Executive Function & School Success – Presentation by Dr. Paul Yellin of The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education in New York City. What is executive function and how does it effect a child’s ability to learn and develop? What does it mean for success in school? What are practical recommendations for helping my child who may have some challenges with executive function? This is a can’t miss presentation from Dr. Yellin who is considered an expert in the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics.


Problems with Executive Function are very common with Special Needs Students. For more information on Executive Function PLEASE PRESS HERE

Next up is:

Thursday, April 4th at 7pm (Glen Ridge HS) – A showing of Temple Grandin – This is an HBO original movie starring Claire Danes who won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become a Ph.D. and expert in the field of animal husbandry.


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SPAN Leadership Conference – March 23, 2019

From SPAN:

“Dear Community Partner

Please join me on Saturday, March 23, 2019, for the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference, “Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Now is the Time!” The conference will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey.  This biannual tradition is for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey’s education, health, mental health, family support, human services, and child welfare systems.  This gathering of current and emerging parent leaders is about creating change by creating strong parents, strong families, excellent schools and stronger communities.

I am looking forward to seeing you at this empowering event for parent leaders and the individuals who support them.  Please share this information with families, school administrators, organizations and others in your networks. You can register for the conference, reserve an exhibit space or support this event as a sponsor at: or use the attached Registration Form.

Remember: “When parents are informed, they envision the difference. When parents are engaged, they work toward the difference. And, when parents are informed, engaged and empowered, they make the difference!”

Very truly yours,–


Dawn Oliver Monaco
Senior Parent Professional Trainer
REACH for Transition
973-642-8100  X193
Fax: 973-642-8080
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Autism New Jersey’s Transition Conference – Feb 25, 2019

Autism New Jersey’s Transition Conference will be held on Monday, February 25 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. It is focused exclusively on preparing teens across the autism spectrum to enter adulthood and the adult service system. Designed for parents and professionals supporting individuals aged 14 and older, all of the information and resources shared is scientifically validated and will address the unique needs of these students. Families, teachers, paraprofessionals, child study team members, related service providers, and administrators have all reported the benefits of this event. Bill Freeman, M.Ed. from the DOE Office of Special Education will present “Planning for a Successful Life After Graduation: Considerations for the IEP Team.” 60 exhibitors are expected, and additional workshop topics include:

•       Environmental Enrichment and Challenging Behaviors
•       Self-Regulation & Problem-Solving
•       Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
•       Preparing for the Transition to Adult Day Services

Recent participants shared: 
“Today gave me a better understanding of my students’ behaviors, best-practice interventions, and some new perspectives to share with my coworkers.”

“Your conference helped me feel more informed and ready to face the next step in my son’s future.”

Details may be found at