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.
We had a very informative Meeting with the members of Glen Ridge’s GRASE and our SEPAC members featuring a presentation from the law firm of Manes & Weinberg on what makes for a good IEP for your child.
Additionally, we learned about a new service under the auspices of the State of New Jersey Department of Education, to assist parents during an IEP Meeting. It is called an IEP Facilitator, available at no charge to parents. This process is in place in our District and when a parent requests the service of an IEP Facilitator, it has typically taken approximately 5 days to schedule one to come to your IEP Meeting. More info below:
We also touched on the topic of ESY, (Extended School Year) and the options of some Summer Camps, one of which is CAMP FATIMA. Applications for 2019 Summer Camp are NOW OPEN.
Extra Special thanks to G.R.A.S.E. President, Ms. Jocelyn Gottlieb for contacting Manes & Weinberg and coordinating this special Meeting. Also thanks to BHS Home & School Association President, Ms. Jen Vigna, for very kindly providing the hot coffee and doughnuts; which were deeply appreciated and enjoyed on a wintry evening. Thank you to all those parents who came out to participate in the Meeting, as well as to Bloomfield Special Services Director, Ms. Keri Regina who provided various insights into many questions.
Our next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is scheduled for May 1, 201 at BHS at 6 P.M..
“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: parentleadershipconference2019.eventbrite.com 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
Our Friends at MONTCLAIR SEPAC have kindly invited all of our Members to this vital and very interesting Forum about Dyslexia, featuring a host of experts in the field. It will be held in the Hillside Auditorium, 54 Orange Road, Montclair, on October 30th at 7 P.M.
PLEASE NOTE FLYER TYPO- MEETING IS FROM 6-8 PM.