Adults with Disabilities, Housing Forum in Montclair, 3-5-16

Next Date: March 05, 2016 11:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Place: Montclair Public Library,  Montclair, N.J.

Please join us for a Forum on Housing With Cherry Oakley, Neighbours Inc., Local Elected Officials, and Housing Service Providers

Cherry Oakley has focused on ways to help people embrace diversity and become part of inclusive communities. She has been working for people with disabilities, their families and their support networks for nearly two decades. Cherry has supported people to live in their family home, to become renters, homeowners, and move from state and private institutions into neighborhoods of their choosing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As the current Executive Director of Support Coordination at Neighbours, Inc., Cherry leads a team of statewide facilitators that help New Jerseyans with disabilities live a life that is self-determined and self-directed. She holds a master’s degree from Rider University and a BA fromDrew.

SPECIAL NOTE: All are welcome-However this information regarding housing options is benefical for ADULTS (21 and over) with Developmental Disabilites, their familes, and for individuals who maybe transitioning to the adult system of care soon (18-21 years old).

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

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973-803-7597
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50 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
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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.

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.

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”