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.

Please Submit Your Questions NOW for the Virtual SEPAC Meeting on Wed. 5/13.

Our Virtual SEPAC Meeting will take place online on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 6 PM.

The future ways that upcoming Special Education may be happening will be outlined.  Please submit your questions by email now to:  greggo1685@gmail.com

How Do I Join the Online SEPAC Meeting on 5/13 at 6 PM?

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Place: Google Meet Virtual Session with Community
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/stn-tuhq-kcu
Phone In: (US)+1 208-843-1103
PIN: 557 948 145#
Live Stream: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/d4e707f3-4add-494f-867a-b63ff1a08368

Upcoming Webinars for Our Members

TRANSITION

“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.
https://rwjms.rutgers.edu/boggscenter/training/dd_families.html

Family Resource Network

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.

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

Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting- is Wed. Nov. 13, 2019, from 6-8 P.M. at BHS. TOPIC- SOCIAL AWARENESS FOR STUDENTS

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

IEP Facilitation – A New Part of The IEP Process- Could it be for You and Your Child?

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Could IEP Facilitation be for you?

IEP Facilitation is a FREE service offered by the NJ Department of Education, using the services of an impartial  person,  who is not employed by the school district, nor the Dept of Education, who is experienced  and has training with the IEP Process.

It is a voluntary service and differs from going to Mediation or a Due Process Hearing. It can help all of the IEP Team, Parents included, to better understand and develop an IEP by proposing certain goals, accommodations, therapies etc. and help reach an IEP that is mutually acceptable.

Press Here To Learn More About a Facilitated IEP Meeting.