Webinar on Transition – Wed. 5/20, @ 3:30-4:30 PM

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

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.

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

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: 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

 
Dawn Oliver Monaco
Senior Parent Professional Trainer
Coordinator/Co-Director
REACH for Transition
973-642-8100  X193
Fax: 973-642-8080
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Free Parent Workshops. 4/19, from Navigating Autism NJ

 ​Providing Families with Direction, Advocacy & Knowledge​

In honor of Autism Awareness Month – Join us for an evening of Complimentary Special Needs Workshops – For parents, grandparents, siblings & caregivers

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Certified Financial Services, LLC
Workshops begin promptly at 6:30 pm and will repeat at 7:30 pm
Space is Limited
RSVP:  201-788-6711 or connie@navigatingautismnj.com
Refreshments will be served
Advocating for Effective ABA Programs
Presenter: Diane Berger BCBA, Berger Learning Group; 
                   Connie Sproul Bonarigo, President, Navigating Autism NJ; 
                   Vincent Blazewicz, CLTC, Certified Financial Services, LLC
Topics: How to ensure measurable & meaningful progress in your ABA program.  Obtaining Coverage via NJ Insurance Autism Mandate.
Siblings & Future Planning: Keeping the Conversation Open
Presenter: Kara Sellix, MSW, LSW, President & Co-Founder of SIBS; 
                   Kristen Sellix, MSW, LCSW, Co-Founder of SIBS NJ
Topics: How to navigate the unique challenges of being a sibling of someone with an intellectual or developmental disability, as well as discussing how siblings should be included in discussions regarding future planning. How to have difficult conversations about this will be discussed as well as resources to do so. 
Planning for Tomorrow: The Person with Special Needs
Presenter: Raymond J. Falcon Jr, Esq. Falcon Law Group; 
                   Richard Lofredo, ChFC, CLU, ChSNC, Certified Financial Services, LLC
Topics:  Planning for a loved one with special needs or mental illness is a challenge – come learn key planning information you need to know.