From The Boggs Center:
“Information and Resources Related to COVID-19
Across the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented set of challenges as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other protective measures. Having reliable, up to date information and resources to help us better understand COVID-19, necessary health and hygiene precautions, and strategies to maintain emotional well-being is important to us all.
The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. “
View links to COVID-19 resources
Special thanks to Ms. Kelly Reer, M.A. SLE Coordinator, at BHS for the information.
We were all set for a terrific joint presentation with the good folks over at Glen Ridge Association for Special Education (GRASE) about TRANSITION to Adulthood for older students back in April. That was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID. However, here is a second chance to learn some information about TRANSITION by stepping in virtually to The ARC of NJ’s Webinar on Transition WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, FROM 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR- HERE
“The following is from The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities:
Here is another webinar that transition educators and families may be interested in. It will be relevant to anyone graduating this year or next, or anyone already in the adult service system.
The Family and Support Coordination Partnership: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered, and Supporting the Life Your Family Member Wants
May 18, 2020 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
As the service delivery system changes, all people with developmental disabilities receiving services through DDD will be able to choose a support coordination agency along with the services they receive. This training will provide families with the information they need about support coordination. Participants will also learn how to help their family members select a support coordination agency that will best meet their needs, work in partnership with the support coordinator throughout the person centered planning process, and identify service providers to help their family member achieve the life he or she wants.
Click on the link below for more information and to register.
The Family Resource Network is coming to you! To show you we are still here for you, we have created FRN Connect, a free
3-month webinar series that will provide interactive opportunities to stay healthy and connected while practicing social distancing. Connect with us today!
GET FIT – May 4, 2020, Mon- & Thur. @ 4-4:30 PM
Each class will feature a certified trainer and a model participant to demonstrate each exercise. We will focus on improving muscle building, full body flexibility, balance, motor skills and mobility through these fun exercises. Register HERE
YOGA – May 5th 2020, Tues.@1-1:45PM
This 45-minute yoga class offers a combination of breathing exercises, chanting, yoga postures, relaxation techniques (yoga Nidra) and other self-regulation tools that bring participants a sense of peace and well-being. Useful but not necessary props to have: yoga mat, access to wall space to lean against for standing balance poses. We encourage participation from parents, family members and caregivers. Take it together! Register HERE
Martial Arts- Fighting & Fitness – Mon. May 5th 2020, Tuesdays @12-1:00PM
Build fitness and character with the time-honored methods of martial arts training in the comfort of your own home. Sensei Damien Wright, a 7th Degree Japanese Jujitsu Black Belt and long time professional instructor, will conduct each class with beginner-friendly workouts and lessons designed to build important skills, cultivate a healthy and positive mindset, and provide each student with the opportunity to meet the best version of themselves. All workouts and lessons are highly adaptable to suit all body types, restrictions, and situations. All participants will have access to this class specifically for them as well as the full schedule of Virtual classes provided by Sensei Damien’s academy, Wright Fight Concepts. Excellence awaits. Let’s find it together. Register- HERE
The Loss, Grief and Coronavirus Toolbox -Wednesday, May 13th 2020 4:00pm -5:00pm
This work shop will enable you to: identify the losses impacting you and your family; define loss, grief, mourning, coping, self-care and resilience; identify what gets in the way of self-care; discover new coping skills and become more resilient. REGISTER _ HERE
Weathering the COVID Storm: Strategies for Engaging in Virtual Classrooms and Telehealth Sessions -Friday, May 15th 2020 1:00pm -2:00pm REGISTER _ HERE
Special thanks to Kelly Reer, MA, LDT-C
Structured Learning Experience (SLE) Coordinator
Bloomfield High School for this information.
The New Jersey Coalition For Inclusive Education, NJICE is continuing helping Parents with its online presence, while in person assistance remains suspended. They are beginning a series of “Lunch & Learn” via ZOOM or via telephone.
“We will be covering different topics each day, but please feel free to ask any questions and we’ll try to answer them.
MONDAY, MARCH 23 @ 1:00 P.M.
Weeding Through the Web: Virtual Tours, Sing-Alongs, Story Time and Fun for All Ages
with Jessica & Katherine
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 @ 8:00 P.M.
Learning Beyond Your Kitchen Table: Finding Opportunities for Learning in Your Daily Life
with Kristy & Kim
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 @ 1:00 P.M.
Friendly Support Friday
with Michelle & Jessica
To join a Lunch and Learn session:
Meeting ID: 237 730 1823
Dial one of the numbers below to phone in:
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
The meeting ID and phone numbers are the same for each session.
Have trouble reaching us? Contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.”
Our next Meeting (Nov. 13, at BHS, from 6-8 P.M.) is not aimed at only Special Ed Students. Any student or parent may benefit from this very helpful and informative Forum. So please spread the word among your friends and school families. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions of our Presenters following their talks.
Our topics will be overview of Suite 360 and the Wingman initiative.
Assistant Superintendent of Bloomfield Schools, Joseph Fleres, will give a presentation about Suite 360.
“Suite360 provides students with information and techniques to support self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making. In addition, the program addresses specific topics such as cyberbullying, academic success, substance abuse and many other challenges students and communities face. Finally, the program provides behavior intervention support for students who experience common conduct issues.”
Bloomfield Schools Supervisor of Guidance, K-8, Michael Bruno, will give a presentation about The Wingman Program.
The Wingman Initiative- “Wingman is a unique youth leadership program from Dylan’s Wings of Change that develops social and emotional skills through team bonding and trust building activities. Wingman inspires children to be more empathetic, courageous and inclusive young leaders. The Wingman program is being used in schools, dance studios, running clubs, summer camps and after school programs to promote accepting and inclusive environments around the world.
We look forward to seeing you on what is bound to be a most informative evening.
– Your Bloomfield SEPAC Team Members
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.