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

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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.

SEPAC MEETING at BMS WED. 11-19 AGENDA

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Our Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting at BMS,  WED..7-9 PM will have Tips for You and Your Special Needs Child from and Occupational Therapist and the Bloomfield Police Youth Division Officers will explain a program where you can give identifying information to the Police Dept. about your child and their special needs; (sometimes kids are non-verbal as well) along with contact info. even add a photo, etc. Should you child wander away or get lost, this information will help speed the Police efforts to find and help your child.

Parents of Special Needs kids are among the most pro-active of all. Come on down to our meeting and help yourself learn how to help your child.  All are welcome.

Wright’s Law – The Special Ed Advocate – A Valuable Parent Resource

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Wright’s Law publishes a newsletter called  “The Special Ed Advocate. Parents may find some helpful information there. Below is a sample of their latest newsletter:

Wright’s Law Newsletter

 

How Independent is a “School Approved” Evaluator?
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If you disagree with the school district’s evaluation and/or recommendations, you have the right to request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at the school district’s expense.

The IEE must be conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the district.

School district’s often attempt to restrict the parent’s choice of evaluators to a list selected by the school.

  • Must parents choose from the school’s “approved list” of evaluators?
  • How independent is an evaluator who has been ‘approved’ by the school?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you’ll find the answers to these questions about IEEs and learn strategies for parents to use when requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation.

Please don’t hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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How Can We Get an Independent Evaluator of our Choice?

We requested an independent evaluation. The school said we have to use an evaluator from their “approved list.” Is this true?

No. But …

Parent attorney Gary Mayerson describes a strategy that parents can use to get an independent evaluation by an evaluator of their choice.

Must Parents Choose from the School’s List of Evaluators

In response to school policies that require parents to select an evaluator from a list of approved evaluators…

…this Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Policy Letter clarifies that parents have the right to choose their independent evaluator.