A Fresh New Change For SEPAC

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,

Greg Lombardi

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.


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.


DCF Regional School-Essex Campus

345 N.5th st.


10:30- 1:30

Donna Leedy”

Auditory Processing Disorder – Simulator

logo_sepacResearch, testing and recognition of Auditory Processing Disorder has resulted in a larger number of students  being diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) also sometimes called  Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Students with APD have great difficulty in processing and prioritizing the sounds they hear.  This in turn can result in a learning disability that often greatly impairs  the student’s ability to understand school lessons and to communicate their thoughts, ideas and understanding or the lack of understanding of things.

The following is a video that simulates the way a person with APD hears and interprets a teacher’s lesson in school.




Thank you to all who took the time to attend last night’s (Jan.21, 2015) BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING. Special thanks to the FAIRVIEW HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION Parents who provided refreshments for the meeting. The topics discussed were an update on all the SEPAC Meetings so far in this 2014-2015 School Year including:

The great programs the Bloomfield Recreation Department has for Special Needs kids under age 17, at Carteret School most Friday nights, a Canteen for Special Needs folks over 17, that includes short trips and fun nights up on various Friday nights.

Tips on helping your children from an Occupational Therapist.

A great new program by the Bloomfield Police Department where parents can sign up with the program to register their Special Needs child in the event the child is lost or missing. This will enable the Police to immediately begin search for a lost child, rather than use up valuable time getting the child’s personal details from the parents. It  will also get this information, including a photo of the child, and places of preference of the child sent directly into Bloomfield Police Patrol vehicles and will also be shared with neighboring towns if a search is needed.

Thanks to Bloomfield Schools District Director of Special Services Linda Colucci, who presented helpful ways to work more easily with your child’s Child Study Team and we also discussed ways to better your child’s IEP or a 504 Plan and your rights at an IEP Meeting or official School Evaluation of your child

It was great to see our core group of Members attending, along with BOE Member Michael Heller and we were delighted to see a couple of dozen new members as well.

The Meeting closed as usual with our members sharing some positive stories about things they were thankful for and some developments or successes their children have made recently. 

It was a fine evening of Parents helping Parents and sharing information which is what Bloomfield SEPAC is all about.  

Our next SEPAC Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, MARCH 18, 2015.

BLOOMFIELD SEPAC MEETING – WED. JAN. 21 at Fairview School 7 – 9 P.M.


The next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting will be:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at FAIRVIEW SCHOOL from 7 – 9 P.M.

The evening’s topic will be:


The evening’s Presenter will be Ms. Linda Colucci, Director of Special Services for Bloomfield School District.

Fairview Elementary School is located at:

376 Berkeley Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 07003, off Montgomery Street.

Fairview School Area Map



Common Core Repeal : What happened when one State Repealed Common Core Standards


Well we just hate sending out Homework over the Holidays; everyone deserves a break and time to refresh, but this article from NPR tells quite  an interesting story about a very hot topic, the Common Core Standards. Oklahoma voted to repeal the Common Core Standards and this story chronicles the results.

Read The Common Core Repeal- Here

We hope that all Bloomfield SEPAC Members are enjoying a much deserved rest and some warm and fun family time. We look forward to serving you in the coming New Year.