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.

Register Now!

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When

Saturday July 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Where

Vasser Field (Behind St. Thomas Church and School)
60 Byrd Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003


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Contact POAC

POAC Autism Services
732-785-1099
info@poac.net

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BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING NOTES

We were delighted to have  the very knowledgeable and very engaging Ms. Dawn Monaco of NJ SPAN give us an in depth look at Transition for older special education students. Ms. Monaco cautioned that the time to begin learning about Transition was at least “five years before your child will need it.” Many parents commented that they were glad they came to the meeting because there was a great deal they didn’t know about the importance of Transition and the information presented at this meeting served as a wake-up call regarding all that there is to learn about it.

Thank you to all our parents and school staff who were able to attend and special thanks to Brookdale Elementary School Principal, Joseph Fleres, for his kind hospitality and the use and abuse of his school.  It was a cold wintry evening outside, but we learned a good deal of heartwarming and vital information inside. Many thanks to Ms. Dawn Monaco for her outstanding and inspiring presentation!

Please keep your eyes out for Special Services Director Linda Colucci’s upcoming Parent Partnership special Forum about Anxiety in February. (Possibly, February 24th? The date and location will be firmed up and announced shortly).

Our next SEPAC Meeting will be March 16, 2016 at Berkeley School, with S. Paul Prior Esq. of the law firm of Hingle, Fingles, Prior and Fischer, speaking. He will give us the benefit of his advice on advocating for your child and helping to get and  keep the special services your child needs; as well as a bit about Guardianship for kids who are between 18-21 years of age.

IMPORTANT Meeting for Parents of BHS & BMS Special Needs Students – Jan. 20th at Brookdale School!

A SPECIAL BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

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WHEN : WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016. FROM 7 – 9 P.M.

WHERE: BROOKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1230 BROAD ST. BLOOMFIELD N.J.

If you are the Parent of a BHS or BMS Special Needs Student, we believe the upcoming Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting will prove very helpful. This Meeting is centered on helping your child with Transitioning from High school to college, to a career and to an adult life in general.

Our very special guest speaker, Ms. Dawn Oliver Monaco, is widely respected as a Parent Professional Trainer and the Coordinator/Co-Director of REACH for Transition for the renowned NJ SPAN. (NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.)

We know that you,  as a parent of a special needs student, are familiar with IEPs, 504s,  special accommodations and the host of various items and information to help your child get the free and appropriate education they deserve.  This special SEPAC Meeting offers lots of new and important information for you and your child. It it will deal issues for the older student and chances are many of the topics will be unfamiliar, but very useful to you.  

NJ SPAN would appreciate if you would confirm you plan to attend by registering (For FREE,, please press here.)   All are welcome; including other SEPAC Groups and Parents from other School Districts.

In the event of severely inclement weather, please check Bloomfield SEPAC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BloomfieldSEPAC  or www.bloomfieldsepac.com for any cancellations on the day of the Meeting.

REUNION IMPORTANTE PARA PADRES DE ESTUDIANTES CON NECESIDADES ESPECIALES DEL BHS & BMS  – 20 DE ENERO EN  BROOKDALE SCHOOL!

UNA REUNION ESPECIAL DEL SEPAC DE BLOOMFIELD PARA PADRES DEL HIGH SCHOOL Y DEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

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CUANDO : MIERCOLES, 20 DE ENERO, 2016. DE 7 – 9 P.M.

DONDE: BROOKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1230 BROAD ST. BLOOMFIELD N.J.

Si usted es padre de un estudiante con necesidades especiales en el BH o el BMS, creemos que la proxima reunion de SEPAC le sera muy util. Esta reunion esta centrada en ayudar a su hijo con la transicion de la escuela secundaria a la universidad, a una carrera y a la vida adulta en general.

Nuestra invitada especial, Ms. Dawn Oliver Monaco, es ampliamente respetada como entrenadora de padres profesional y la coordinadora/Co-Directora de REACH for Transition para el renombrado NJ SPAN. (NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.)

Sabemos que usted,  como padre de un estudiante con necesidades especiales, esta familiarizado con IEPs, 504s,  acomodaciones especiales y conoce mucha informacion para ayudar a su hijo a recibir una educacion gratuita y apropiada.  Esta reunion especial de SEPAC ofrece mucha y nueva informacion para usted y su hijo. Lidiara con temas para el estudiante mayor y algunos temas seran desconocidos, pero muy utiles para usted.

NJ SPAN aprecia si usted puede confirmar si planea en asistir al inscribirse (For FREE,, please press here.) Esta reunion es GRATUITA.  Todos son bienvenidos; incluyendo otros grupos SEPAC y padres de otros distritos escolares.

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.

smallsepac (2)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

Location:  Show map
Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street
Bloomfield

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.

DARE TO DREAM CONFERENCES 2016, FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS  – FROM THE N.J. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

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! 

  

Reminder: Open House at DCF Regional School 10-21-2015. 10:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

From Donna Leedy about the DCF Regional School Open House:

“On Wednesday,October 21, 2015 the DCF Regional School of Essex County Newark Campus will be holding an open house to introduce parents to the school. There will also be very informative representatives from various groups such as the commission for the blind, Medicaid, family support, etc. This will be a great opportunity to meet parents in our special needs community and gain knowledge to advocate for your child. Please put the date aside and bring a friend.

Wed.Oct.21,2015

DCF Regional School-Essex Campus

345 N.5th st.

Newark,NJ

10:30- 1:30

Sincerely,
Donna Leedy”

Social Skills/Play Skills Training for Parents at BHS. 10-19-2015

logo_sepac1blueOur September SEPAC Meeting raised a number of issues that our member parents felt are priorities. One of those was a lack of social skill curriculum for our children. Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves  expressed great interest in addressing this issue and asked what the schools might do to help our children and parents to improve the social skills for special education students.

A SEPAC Parent suggested that we have assignments or ideas dealing with social skills that our children would receive and then parents could follow through on these assignments with the children at home as well.

 Bloomfield Schools Special Services Director Linda Colucci has organized some social skills training in response to these issues and the Special Services Division will be holding two training workshops for parents about Social Skills and Play Skills. The first session (Pre-K – Elementary levels) is scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Bloomfield High School Media Center/Library from 6:00 – 8:30 P.M.

There will be  a second session for Middle School – High School levels held in December.