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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Special Needs Planning Seminar in Cedar Grove, April 21, 2016

Special Needs- Planning for the Future Seminar  Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 7 pm.

Memorial Middle School

500 Ridge Road , Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Presentation  Team:

  • Attorney- Lori Wolf, Esq.

  • Financial Professional- Joseph Nachbauer, Prudential

Topics for presentation: 

Key differences in the planning process for Special Needs families vs traditional families:

  • Planning for two generations

  • Keeping track of changes in laws and statutes

  • Keeping track of key dates in your child’s life:

o    Age 16 – High School Transition Planning

o    Age 18 – Guardianship / Supplemental Security Income

o    Age 22 – Transition Planning – end of schooling

Build a solid financial foundation:

  • Estate Planning

o    Special Needs Trust

o    Letter of Intent

  • Risk Protection

o    Insurance protection

  • Protect today (income replacement)

  • Fund your child’s future

  • Wealth Distribution

  • Retirement Planning

o    How much do you need to save?

Things to consider:

  1. Family Support

  2. Emotional Support – take care of yourself

  3. Financial Factors – make a plan – insurance and financial planning (save now vs save later)

  4. Legal Factors –

  5. Government Benefits – be aware of what your child may be entitled to


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.

Learning How To Advocate For Your Special Needs Child

         logo_sepac2.jpg ASAH is a New Jersey based non-profit organization for Special Needs Students and their parents, They provide a helpful web resource which is currently featuring a series of short videos that can give you some guidance about becoming an advocate for your special needs child. Have a look. See what you think?