A Fun Video


This is a very neat little video of a part of a special concert to benefit The Bridge School聽in Hillsborough, California. The School serves severely physically disabled and speech impaired students and was founded by Pegi and Neil Young, along with some others. 聽They have big fundraising concerts there each year for the school and this year one of the highlights was a little reunion of Temple of The Dog playing their hit “Hunger Strike.”

The music is great, but what is the best thing is getting to watch all the kids, the students, their parents, relatives and caregivers sing, bounce and sway along to the song. Have a happy look and listen below. 馃檪

FREE SPAN – Parent & Professional Workshop – “Create Agreement”: for IEPs etc. 10-22-14 – Union NJ 10 AM – 12 PM

SPAN (Statewide Parent Advocate Network of NJ is conducting a free workshop to help parents and education professionals minimize conflicts in IEP Meetings etc. The workshop is FREE but REGISTRATION is required.

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

10 AM – 12 PM

Family Link REIC
2333 Morris Avenue
Suite A204
Union, NJ 07083

Special thanks to Ms. Carla A帽ez-Espinosa for this information.



FREE ADMISSION! 聽 Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, from 6-9 PM Rain Date, Oct 25th)

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, sponsored by Essex County, will have a huge display of Jack O’Lanterns hand carved/painted by local high school students. There will also be entertainment for kids and light refreshments. 聽Entertainment varies each year. Last year’s event was great fun with music and a big outdoor screen and haystack seating for 聽showing Halloween Kids shows, like Scooby Doo, etc. Nothing too scary for the little ones, face painting, a bounce house. etc. Admission is free and so is the entertainment. There were also hot dogs and sodas available for purchase.

You can Vote for The Best Pumpkins from the High Schools on Display. Last year, we know a bunch of folks thought BLOOMFIELD’s WERE BEST! 聽We hope more BENGAL PRIDE is on display this year.

Special Note: Parking is very busy on this night, You can park on the Garden side of Upper Mountain Avenue, but plan to arrive early, as the road fills up quickly! For hale and hearty walkers, you can also park up behind the Gardens on Highland Avenue and walk down into the Gardens.

IEE – Independent Educational Evaluations – A Change in NJ Special Education Law

The State of New Jersey Department of Education has updated State regulations that apply to an (IEE) Independent Educational Evaluation for Special Needs Students. The change could be a help to you and your child should you need an IEE. A copy of the Official Memo outlining the changes is below:

Special thanks to a Friend of SEPAC for this important information.

The Ten Basic Steps In Special Education – Sobre el Proceso de Educaci贸n Especial

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聽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? 聽聽

Ten Basic Steps in Special Education – Press Here Please.

Sabemos que los miembros del SEPAC de Bloomfield est谩n en diferentes etapas luchando por sus hijos y obteniendo m谩s informaci贸n para poder ayudarlos con los desaf铆os y sorpresas que puede traer tratar con Educaci贸n Especial. La siguiente informaci贸n es sobre todo para los m谩s nuevos entre nosotros. Por supuesto, nunca se sabe cu谩ndo incluso un padre con experiencia en esta 谩rea pueda beneficiarse de alguna sugerencia o tal vez algo 煤til le ha pasado desapercibido? 聽

Sobre el Proceso de Educaci贸n Especial

With grateful thanks to The Center for Parent Information & Special Resources.


Webinar on The Role of The Paraprofessional in an Inclusive Class 10-09-14 @ 3 p.m.

Brookes Publishing,聽in association with The Inclusive Class Blog,聽present a webinar on The Role of the Paraprofessional in the Inclusive Class on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 at 3 p.m.

“The role of the paraprofessional in an inclusive classroom can be challenging. Inclusion expert Julie Causton, knows what it takes to succeed 聽– and in this webinar, she’ll give you tips and tools to manage the complex expectations of this job. 聽You’ll learn how paraprofessionals can work successfully in the inclusive classroom, give students effective and appropriate support, manage relationships with teachers and students and help support friendships between students. A can’t-miss learning experience for both teachers and paraprofessionals.”

Please click here to register for this webinar.

(This information provided thanks to SEPAC’s Spanish Translator, Ms. Carla A帽ez-Espinosa.)



Basic Rights in Special Education – March 20th

You are invited to the following event:
Basic Rights in Special Education – Passaic County
March 20, 2012
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clifton Public Library
292 Piaget ave
Clifton, NJ

This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities as parents of children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the NJ Code, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Parents learn to identify their dreams and goals for their children, and learn laws and advocacy strategies that will help them help their children reach those goals. Parents of classified children and children who are having difficulty in school, but may not be classified, benefit from this training.

Register here聽http://brpassaic2011.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivtefor&invite=MTIwOTMzNy9wYW5pd2lua2FAYW9sLmNvbS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal&utm_term=eventpage
Deadline to Register is March 19th at 8:00PM