Webinar on Dealing With Remote Learning in Conjunction With The Yellin Center – Sept 4, 12 PM. Registration Required.

From The Yellin Center:

Dear Friends and Colleagues –

Throughout the array of emotions I have experienced during this strange and difficult year, perhaps the one I have felt most acutely is gratitude. This might seem strange, considering we are separated from our loved ones and face the illness and loss of so many in our cities, towns, and circle of friends and family. But when we closed our doors abruptly in March we had no idea how we were going to move forward to help the students and families we serve, let alone whether we would ever be able to open our doors again.

Now, as summer winds to a close, The Yellin Center has been open for three months and we have worked with many students, both in-person and via remote technology. Our staff has done a really fantastic job of creating a safe space in our New York City office and in supporting the families with whom we work. For that, and for the continuing health of our team and my family, I am enormously grateful.

Remote Learning Webinar Next Week

As the school year begins, families face unprecedented challenges. Whether students attend school in-person (full or part-time), or are learning completely online, the pressure on families, students, and teachers is enormous. How can we help our children cope – and what can we do to make things better? 
Space Is Limited – Register Now
To help answer that question, I am delighted to report that I will be presenting a webinar on Observations and Opportunities: Supporting Your Child in Remote Learning, together with Kim Carter and Betsey Bradley, Executive Director and Community Director, respectively, of the Q.E.D Foundation, Inc. on Friday, September 4 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Kim, Betsey, and I will be offering a unique opportunity for parents to observe, understand, and support children as learners. We will provide strategies you can apply immediately to better understand your child’s learning needs and tools you can use to support their learning.

 
As some of you may know, The Yellin Center grew out of the work of All Kinds of Minds, where I served as National Director for Clinical Services until I launched The Yellin Center as an independent organization in 2007. QED Foundation acquired All Kinds of Minds in 2012, and has proudly continued the work of bridging the science of learning with learning design based on the recognition that all students are good learners. QED and The Yellin Center share the philosophy and commitment to these Guiding Principles. QED and The Yellin Center have been close collaborators for the past decade in advancing their shared values and principles, continuing to develop the NeuroDevelopmental Framework for Learning (NDFL) and other resources, and working to increase accessibility to these resources for everyone who works with learners of any age.

Registration for this webinar is limited. To register, please email Betsey Bradley at bbradleyakom@gmail.com.

What Special Needs Kids Miss, When They Miss Therapies, Due To the Quarantine.

Not an easy watch, but an informative one.

Give Your Input On The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities 5 Year Plan

Parents and Students are welcome to take this Survey or provide further input and suggestions. The online survey may be taken in English or Spanish and may be done anonymously.

PRESS HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY OR GET FURTHER INFORMATION

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.”

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Bloomfield Schools Comunity Re-entry Survey

“Bloomfield Schools Request Your Input On The Community Re-Entry Survey

Please open to read the full message.

On Friday, June 26, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey Schools would open their doors in September.  The district requests your feedback for consideration when planning this re-entry process.  Please consider sharing your thoughts through the attached Community Re-Entry Survey.
This survey will close on Friday, July 3, 2020.  Thank you in advance for your participation.”

 

Info & Resources to Help Special Needs Students & Parents Cope With The Way COVID Changes Things in Our Lives

From The Boggs Center:

  • “Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC imageAcross 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.

NJ Dept of Health & Human Services Guides on Public Benefits

The NJ Department of Human Services has created a quick guide to help residents make informed decisions for their families as it relates to public charge and public benefits. It is important that families understand that they have access to some resources regardless of their immigration status, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

El NJ Departamento de Servicios Humanos ha creado una guía rápida para ayudar a los residentes a tomar decisiones informadas para sus familias en relación con la carga pública y los beneficios públicos.  Es importante que las familias entiendan que tienen acceso a algunos recursos independientemente de su estado migratorio, especialmente durante la crisis de COVID-19.

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NJCIE is Helping Parents Online

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.

FROM: NJCIE:

“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:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MEETING

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 grace@njcie.org for support.”

Special Needs Attorneys – Find Answers To Your Special Needs Law Questions at Our Next SEPAC Meeting! Wed. March 4, 2020, 6- 8 PM at BHS.

  Our March 4th, Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting will indeed be a very useful and important one that will feature renowned Special Needs Attorneys Beth Manes Esq. and Jessica Weinberg Esq. of the law firm of Manes & Weinberg. The Meeting takes place at BHS from 6-8 PM. You can learn about Parents and Students rights in Special Education and Ms. Manes and Ms. Weinberg will take some questions from the audience too.

You wont want to miss this opportunity to learn more about your Rights and ways to improve your child’s IEP. We look forward to seeing you, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 6-8 PM at BHS.

Your Bloomfield SEPAC Team