I have decided to resign as the Leader of SEPAC, effective immediately and I am delighted to welcome Ms. Deborah Gordon-Goodrich as our new Bloomfield SEPAC LEADER!
You will know Ms. Gordon-Goodrich who has served with great diligence and compassion as one of our Team Leaders for several years and I am delighted to see her leading SEPAC in new and innovative directions. You can look forward to great things with her at the helm.
I am indebted to my fellow SEPAC Board, Ms. Nicole Dyer-Foncello and Ms. Catzel LaVecchia along with Deborah, for their wonderful and very generous support over the time I have served as Leader. Thanks too, to Ms. Carla Anez who always helped me out of a jam with translations and to the Bloomfield School District Staff who have worked together in the spirit of cooperation as often as possible. Lastly, I am most grateful to you our SEPAC Parents who have participated in our Meetings and helped us work to find solutions to help our kids. Parents helping Parents is why we are here.
Looking forward to a great new School Year for everyone.
Very truly yours,
NOVEMBER SEPAC MEETING NOTES
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….
DATH TOY & CLOTHING DRIVE IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015
BLOOMFIELD PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT AWARDED A 2016 RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY INDIVIDUAL WITH DISABILITIES GRANT!
FROM THE FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANIZATION OF ESSEX COUNTY
Information Gathering and Listening Session with Kevin Casey
Date: December 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 am
Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street
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.
DARE TO DREAM CONFERENCES 2016, FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS – FROM THE N.J. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
Information provided by the kind courtesy of Ms. Linda Colucci. Bloomfield Schools Direct or Special Services.
The following Resolution is taken from the Bloomfield Board of Education Website:
“BLOOMFIELD BOE PASSES “OPT OUT” RESOLUTION FOR STANDARDIZED TESTS
Board respectful of parental concerns regarding testing despite potential for consequences
WHEREAS, the Bloomfield Board of Education recognizes that the district is mandated by the state to administer certain standardized tests to all students; and
WHEREAS, the Bloomfield Board of Education recognizes that some parents choose to have their child/children “opt out” or decline to take one or more of the standardized tests;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
It is the policy of the Bloomfield Board of Education that such parental decisions should be met with educationally appropriate, not punitive, responses, including alternative settings and activities wherever possible.”
We know that Bloomfield SEPAC Members are at different stages in advocating for their children and in gaining more information themselves, so they can help with the challenges and surprises that dealing with Special Education can bring. The following information is mostly for the newbies among us. Of course, you never know when even a parent with some experience in this area, might pick up a tip or be reminded of something useful that has slipped their mind?
Sabemos que los miembros del SEPAC de Bloomfield están en diferentes etapas luchando por sus hijos y obteniendo más información para poder ayudarlos con los desafíos y sorpresas que puede traer tratar con Educación Especial. La siguiente información es sobre todo para los más nuevos entre nosotros. Por supuesto, nunca se sabe cuándo incluso un padre con experiencia en esta área pueda beneficiarse de alguna sugerencia o tal vez algo útil le ha pasado desapercibido?
With grateful thanks to The Center for Parent Information & Special Resources.