P.O.A.C. Family Carnival in Bloomfield – 7/30/16 at VASSAR FIELD.

POAC Autism Family Carnival Bloomfield July 30, 2016

Calling All Families of Children with Autism!

Join POAC for a great Autism family carnival: including free refreshments, inflatable rides, DJ, trackless train, mechanical swings, games and activities for the whole family.  This is for all ages- and everything is free.  Bring your pop up tents, chairs and blankets and have a great time with your POAC family. 

This is another free recreational event brought to you by POAC.  Please be sure to register all who are attending.

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Saturday July 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Vasser Field (Behind St. Thomas Church and School)
60 Byrd Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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Bloomfield Library Hosts Autism Expert – April 30, 2016

(Special to Maria Probt’s, Bloomfield Pulse:) ” Bloomfield Public Library Free Help for Parents with Kids Who Have Autism, One Conversation at a Time

Saturday, April 30, 2016
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Bloomfield – Conference Room

Parents of Kids with Autism (or who are worried if their child may have autism) will learn new ways in which their child can have more meaningful conversations like never before. Author and Creator of The ICAN! for Autism Method ™, Karen Kabaki-Sisto, Communication Expert and Speech Language Therapist for over 20 years will be speaking in her very own neighborhood at The Bloomfield Library, www.bplnj.org, April 30th from 1:00 to 2:30 about new ways kids with autism can have fun learning and communicating.

· Karen will also take questions and provide real-life unique tips and answers to parents who want the best for their child. All parents, care-givers, and teachers are welcome to learn more from Karen’s method that is changing lives all over the world. Karen’s Bloomfield Library visit stems from her passion about her own local community since she treats children and lives in northern New Jersey where the rate of autism is highest in the country, 1 out of 45 kids affected.

· Parents will also get free materials in which to take home with helpful tips, along with a free communication assessment tool they can privately take online that equips them with an immediate report of their child’s abilities. This report helps parents, teachers, care-givers, therapists or physicians find a starting point for on-going therapy needs.

· Questions? Go to www.icanforautism.com for free videos, updates and more helpful tips for families!

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Meet the Executive Director of N.J. Council of Developmental Disabilities, 12/2 at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

smallsepac (2)If you have a special needs student that is high school age or older, it may prove helpful meeting Mr. Kevin Casey, the new Executive Director of (NJCDDD), the New Jersey Council of Developmental Disabilities.  https://www.njcdd.org/  

He will be at the Bloomfield Civic Center this Wednesday evening, Dec.2, 2015, from 7 – 8:30 P.M. for an “Information Gathering and Listening Session.”  Download the NJC DDD Fall 2015 Newsletter – here.


Bloomfield SEPAC News Updates…SEPAC Meeting Notes…Upcoming Special Ed Workshops…DATH Toy Drive…Bloomfield Rec Dept launches new initiatives for Special kids… NJ DOE DARE TO DREAM CONFERENCES and more.


There was a short update about items discussed at the September Meeting with Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves and the results from the questions raised at that meeting

We are indebted to Brookdale Elementary School Resource Teacher Jason Triano for his informative presentation about a new study on how people with autism perceive things. Mr. Triano include  a series of photos that highlighted areas that people with autism may focus on and how these differences may help change the way educators teach, based upon these new perceptions.

Members contributed a good group of little successes their children have made recently during our Marvelous Marble ending session. The next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Brookdale Elementary School from 7 – 9 P.M. This Meeting is tentatively schedule to have Ms. Dawn Monaco from NJ SPAN giving a workshop on Transition for high school students into College, Careers and the world after school….




Information Gathering and Listening Session with Kevin Casey

Date: December 2, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 am

Location:  Show map
Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street

Phone: 973-803-7597

Kevin Casey is the new Executive Director of The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD). Mr. Casey has an extensive background in management and public policy which has a vital role in ensuring people with intellectual and other developmental
disabilities have a forum and a voice in matters that directly affect their lives.

For the past 11 years, Mr. Casey led the Illinois and Pennsylvania state divisions that oversee services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Previously, he led nonprofit organizations that provided services for people with developmental disabilities, including serving for 15 years as the director of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc. Mr. Casey is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Regional Family Support Planning Council 4 (Essex County) is a group of volunteer family members of inividuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who host public forums to obtain input to improve family support services provided by the Department of Human
Services (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and Department of Children and Families.

For additional information call: (973)-803-7597.

Family Support Organization of Essex County is funded by the Department of Children and Families to provide peer support, education and advocacy for families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, mental health, and Intellectual/Developmental challenges.

For additional information call: (973) 395-1441.


Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting on 11-18-15 at BHS from 7 – 9 PM

logo_sepac1blueWe are delighted to have noted Bloomfield Resource Teacher Jason Triano, as our Special Guest Speaker at Bloomfield High School on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7 – 9 P.M.

Mr. Triano will be filling us in about a fascinating new study that deals with the perception of people with autism. There will be an Open Forum afterwards with Mr. Triano taking questions from our Bloomfield SEPAC Member Parents about this Study or anything relating to special education.

Fecha: Miercoles, Noviembre 18, 2015 

Lugar; Bloomfield High School 

Hora: 7- 9P.M. 

 Este mes, por favor acompanenos a escuchar a nuestro Jason Triano. El es un maestro de recursos en  nuestro distrito, y un participante activo de nuestro grupo. Ofrecera ideas y estrategias practicas para ayudar a su hijo. Esperamos verlo ahi! 


An Informative Video on Inclusion and a Helpful Web Resource

The Inclusion Campaign is a New Jersey based collaborative site which has some important information for all parents of Special Education Students. Please watch an informative video featuring students parents and Special Ed Advocates. We are confident you will find it well worth the 11 minutes to watch.

Please visit their website at http://www.inclusioncampaign.org/ for further information.

(Special thanks to Ms. Hedi Kovacs for providing this information.)

Autism Symposium in Montclair. April 15, 2015. 8:30. AM. -1:30 P.M.


-Autism Symposium –

Family Support Organization of Essex County Special Event

“Every day, millions of Americans living with autism and their famlies face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. Austism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 68 individuals and 1 in 45 in New Jersey. While there is no cause of, or cure for, autism, it is treatable.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. We are hosting this event as a part of a series of educational workshops to help people to better understand autism and improve the lives of individuals living with it. 

We invite all parents, educators, administrators, child care providers, and parent liaisons to join us at our Autism Symposium. This event will be held on April 15th at the United Way building located at:

 60 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042

April 15th from 8:30am-1pm. 

Making Informed Choices on Autism Intervention, Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D.,BCBA-D

With the wide variety of treatment approaches marketed for autism, how do parents know where to start, what to try, and which ones may be most helpful to their child (of any age)? This presentation will discuss what a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder entails and some of the most commonly used interventions. Participants will be directed to resources that assess the credibility of various interventions, learn how to objectively measure their effectiveness, and understand what current research indicates about the most popular options.

Guy Talk: Engaging Fathers and Strenthening Families, Dr. Robert Naseef, Ph.D. Psychologist

This presentation explores the male experience when a child has autism. How does a man deal with a problem he cannot fix? The presenter is the father of an adult child with autism and provides insight into the challenges involved in the father-child relationship and developing male parent involvement.”