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Morris Union Jointure Commission

http://www.MUJC.org
Morris Union Jointure Commission offers a variety of services to public school districts in Somerset, Morris, Union, and Essex Counties. MUJC runs numerous teacher and parent workshops.

Somerset County Parks Commission

http://www.somersetcountyparks.org
Somerset County Parks Commission features a special selection of year round recreation programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities residing in participating municipalities. An events calendar is available on the website.

US Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml
Special Education information available for students, parents, and teachers.

Tri-County Care Management Organization

http://tricountycmo.org
Educator, Mr. Richard Horowitz, is exective director of the Tri-County Care Management Organization. He is starting a group for dads of special needs kids. He plans for two meetings a month to be held at: TCCMO office, 1250 Route 28, Suite 101, Branchburg, NJ. Interested: call (908) 526-3900 or e-mail: rhorowitz@tricountycmo.org Group is called Men Mentoring Men. to reserve a spot: (908) 707-0774 [not affiliated with Warren Schools]

Alliance for Disabled in Action

http://adacil.org
Alliance for Disabled in Action (phone: 732-4388) offers various programs and seminars for individuals with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals who serve them.

Childs Play Social Skills

http://www.childsplaysocialskills.com
Enhance social skills at Childs Play. For children with developmental disabilities. Visit website for description of programs and fee schedule.

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

http://www.UMDF.org
A student at Woodland School has Mitochondrial Disease. In order to better understand the Disease, please review the information at www.UMDF.org.

Center for Outreach & Services for the Autism Community (COSAC)

http://www.njcosac.org
COSAC is a nonprofit agency that has been providing information, advocacy, services, family and professional education and consultation to NJ's autism community since 1965. Holds numerous fundraisers during the year.

Somerset County Office of Youth Services

http://www.co.somerset.nj.us
Somerset County Office of Youth Services presents Parenting Connections Workshops on a variety of subjects. Panels of experts from mental health, law enforcement and educational fields discuss wide variety of subjects. For information regarding the schedule of presentations contact mariann Bruno 908-704-6333 or mbruno@co.somerset.nj.us Parenting Connections Workshops are held at Somerset County VoTech, North Bridge St. & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater.

Family Support Organization

http://www.fso-hsw.org
Family Support Organization 2011 NEW programs, which are run collaboratively with other agencies: Richard Hall Community Health Ctr. 500 No. Bridge St., Bridgewater is site for: New Father's Support Group meets every 4th Thurs of the month 6:30-8:30pm and Evening Support Group for Parents of special needs children meets every 3rd Thurs of the month 6:30 -8:30pm

Watchung Hills Pop Warner

http://www.whpw.org
Watchung Hills Pop Warner will open a Challenger Division for children with disabilities ages 5 to 16. This is a non-competitive flag football program which includes both football and cheer with uniforms. to registered: www.whpw.org or e-mail Sheri Marino Haiken, MA, CCC-SLP, sheri@rockinghorserehab.com

Anxiety Disorders Clinic - Rutgers University

http:/anxietyclinic.rutgers.edu/index.html
The Social Skills Group of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic targets clients from age 6 to 18+ with high functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Contact Stefanie Mark, MSW at 732-445-0674 (email: socialskillsprogram@gmail.com to schedule a social skills screening interview. Spots are on a first come, first served basis. Parents and children attend. Group fees is $400 for social skills children's group and Parent support groups $600.

2015 Graduates Aging Out of the School System

http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd
Steps to Accessing Services/Supports from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) This timeline refers to students turning 21 within the 2014/15 school year

NJ Parent Link - Early Childhood, Parenting & Prof. Res. Ctr

http://www.njparentlink.nj.gov
NJ Parent Link: Linking Parents and Professionals to New Jersey's Early Childhood Services and Resources - NJ Parent Link is the State of New Jersey's web-based Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center and is a digital means of communicating with citizens. The NJ Dept of Health is the lead agency in this project. For more information: Jamie Anderson, NJ Parent Link Website Administrator 609 633 1363 or nj.parentlink@doh.state.nj.us

Preparing for Camp 2015 - Children's System of Care (CSOC)

http://www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org
CSOC provides eligible children up to age 21 financial support toward camp tuition. Call 732-246-2525 x 38 or x 24 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 1 Frequently asked questions: http://bit.ly/campfaqdcf Qualified Camp Provider List: http://bit.ly/dcfcamplist After you apply to camp, complete the summer camp application: http://bit.ly/campapplicationdcf The ARC of NJ; 985 Livingston Ave, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 P: 732-146-2525 e-mail: info@arcnj.org

The Miracle Project (TM) Special Needs dance and theater

http://www.mayoarts.org/education/the-miracle-project
MPAC is proud to annouce that Elaine Hall and her pioneer organization, The Miracle ProjectTM, will bring a new course curriculum to children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs in 2017. As a Miracle Project provider, MPAC will offer this unique program for the first time anywhere in New Jersey, utilizing music, dance and theatre to unlock the creativity, personalities, and great potential of children. For information, go to the website: http://www.mayoarts.org/education/the-miracle-project

NJ Center Tourette Syndrome

http://www.njcts.org
Center for support of those with Tourette Syndrome. Numerous articles, calendar of events and other contacts.

2017 Spring Buddy Ball Division - Register by April 1

http://warrenbaseballsoftball.com
2017 Spring Buddy Ball Division Where Everyone is a Star! Welcome to the 4th year of the WBSI Bambino Buddy Ball Division The Buddy Ball Division is a program for special needs children who want to enjoy the full benefits of playing baseball in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. The Buddy Ball Division was originally developed to provide boys and girls with special needs the opportunity to experience the emotional development and the fun of playing baseball. Today, more than 30,000 players participate nationwide in a Buddy Ball type of league. This program enables children the opportunity to participate in a structured athletic program regardless of their ability. REGISTRATION OPEN NOW Registration for the 2017 WBSI Buddy Ball Spring Season will be open through April 1st, 2017. Registration is done online at www.warrenbaseballsoftball.com ELIGIBILITY The Buddy Ball Division is a baseball program for boys and girls ages 5 through 21, with special needs. The most fundamental goal of the Buddy Ball Division is to give everyone a chance to play regardless of ability. Details about the league and the registration process are in the WBSI league tab which will be available on our website www.warrenbaseballsoftball.com COACHES, VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS We also need managers, coaches, other volunteers, and sponsors. Please see our website for further information. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to officers@warrenbaseballsoftball.com The Bambino Buddy Ball Division was established by Babe Ruth Baseball as a program for children with special needs. The most fundamental goal of Buddy Ball is to give everyone a chance to play, regardless of disability. WBSI is excited about the program and we are also looking to the community for sponsorship of it to ensure its success.

Electronic Submission of Special Ed Due Process/Mediation Requests

http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/due/
Completed petitions must be saved as Adobe PDF documents and submitted as an attachment to an email to: osepdisputeresolution@doe.state.nj.us. More information about electronic submissions of petitions for due process and mediation is available on the State of NJ website: http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/due/ or if you wish to contact for more information, please call Dominic Rota at 609-984-1286

Register Ready - Special Needs Registry for Disasters

https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2017/JAN/24/15885/NJOfficeofEmergencyManagementAsksSchoolstoDisseminateInformationonSpecialNeedsRegistry.pdf
http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/special_needs7.html The New Jersey Department of Education is partnering with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to help residents with disabilities or those with functional needs (as in Hurricane Sandy) to access the "Register Ready" SpecialNeeds Registry for Disasters. It is an online registry to help communication between emergency responders and those with special needs; e.g., wheelchair bound and other medical equipment needs. Register Ready Registration page has a sign-up section.

Register Ready - Special Needs Registry for Disasters

https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2017/JAN/24/15885/NJOfficeofEmergencyManagementAsksSchoolstoDisseminateInformationonSpecialNeedsRegistry.pdf
The New Jersey Department of Education is partnering with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to help residents with disabilities or those with functional needs (as in Hurricane Sandy) to access the "Register Ready" SpecialNeeds Registry for Disasters. It is an online registry to help communication between emergency responders and those with special needs; e.g., wheelchair bound and other medical equipment needs. Register Ready Registration page has a sign-up section.

Guide to Developing and Conducting an Effective SEPAG

https://2017startwebinarsepagguide.eventbrite.com
The NEW Special Education Parent Advisory Groups in New Jersey l Guide to Developing and Conducting an Effective SEPAG The very teamwork and collaboration that are at the core of IDEA are also at the core of the Special Education Advisory Group process. Special Education Parent Advisory Groups – SEPAGs – engage parents, community leaders, and school district staff in collaborative teamwork to improve education, not only for those with disabilities, but for all children. SEPAGs ensure that there is a forum for meaningful parental input to the local school district, with the opportunity for system-level change. The key to any successful partnership is meaningful collaboration and exchange of ideas. This guide was developed with that in mind and is intended to offer a road map to help bring stakeholders together, suggest strategies to help stakeholders engage in dialogue, and offer best practices to help them work together to benefit the local community. Particpants will: Learn the process used to create the guide Become familiar with the Guide and it''s use for parents and educators Time: This webinar will be pre-recorded and posted on our website. Please Register to receive the link for the recorded webinar: https://2017startwebinarsepagguide.eventbrite.com/ For more information or to register by phone: call 973-642-8100 ext 123 or email start@spannj.org -Monique- EMPOWERED, EDUCATED, ENGAGED, EFFECTIVE !! Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Monique DujueWilson STATEWIDE PARENT ADVOCACY NETWORK (SPAN) START Parent Leadership Development Initiative Regional Coordinator - North Essex County Council for Young Children Project Coordinator START Project Parent Group Specialist - Hunterdon/Mercer/Somerset Counties 35 Halsey Street - 4th. Floor Newark NJ 07102 Office - (973) 642-8100, Ext. 118 Cell - (201) 932-6585 Fax - (973) 642-8080 mdujue@spannj.org http://www.spanadvocacy.org/ Upcoming events and resources for starting and running effective Special Education Parent Advisory Groups http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/statewide-technical-assistance-and-resources-team-start Serving on Groups Webinar Series and Resources http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/statewide-technical-assistance-and-resources-team-start Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPAN.NJ/ "Like" The Essex County Council for Young Children Facebook Community Page https://www.facebook.com/Essex.Council/

Summit Community Programs - for Youth with Special Needs

https://register.communitypass.net/summit
Numerous activities sponsored by TriCAN, a non-profit charitable organization, whose mission is to provide a wide variety of programs for youth with special needs. They are held at Chisholm Community Center, 100 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield, NJ, Briant Park in Summit, and New Providence Municipal Center Gym, 360 Elkwood Ave, New Providence. Programs are for ages 3 to 18 and cost between $43 and $100. Contact: 908-277-2932 or email summitcan@gmail.com

Asperger's Skill Building Network (ASBN) Groups

http://
Asperger''s Skill Building Network with the National Institute for People with Disabilities (NIPD/NJ) is currently accepting applications for 2017 groups: Warren''s ASBN will include intensive social and vocational skills instruction and support program for adults diagnoses with Asperger''s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder or similar conditions. Groups of about 12 participants meet with 2 staff, twice per week, for 5 hours per day. Activities include skits, role-playing, yoga, videotaping and viewing, and community outings. To schedule an intake or to obtain more information contact Dara Friedman, Program Supervisor, at dara.westler@yai.org or 973-720-3762.