DSACNJ News

LOCAL EVENTS, EDUCATION, NEWS and ADVOCACY

October 10, 2015

THERE IS LOTS OF NEW INFORMATION AND PROGRAMS BELOW!


Please join us to culminate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and Celebrate Halloween at our FREE Halloween Party! There will be a special guest doing sing alongs and giving everyone interested the opportunity to test their hand at playing the violin!


The Free November Bucks County Children's Museum event information is also below!



Early intervention specialist coming to Present to us on NJ EIS Overview - come out for more information and to ask questions!


COSTUME FUNDRAISER STILL ONGOING - link below for 15% off and 15% donation will be given to DSACNJ!! Please also post the link on your facebook page for others to use.

www.costumeandpartyfundraiser.com/Shop?actn=40400&keycode=FUN4709


Please consider adding Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey to your amazonsmile shopping settings on https://smile.amazon.com/. By selecting our charity Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase total amount to Down Syndrome Of Central New Jersey with no additional charge to you.

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Want your little one featured above? Please send me pictures. Halloween theme ideal for the month ahead!

LOCAL DSACNJ EVENTS

PUMPKIN PAINTING HALLOWEEN PARTY AND MUSIC PROGRAM

Sunday, Oct. 25th, 2pm

327 Pennington Harbourton Road

Pennington, NJ

OCTOBER IS SUCH A GREAT MONTH:

DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH AND HALLOWEEN!


LETS CELEBRATE TOGETHER!


CHILDREN AND ADULTS PLEASE JOIN US IN COSTUME FOR A FUN FILLED AFTERNOON OF PUMPKIN PAINTING, HAY MAZE, FOOD AND FALL TIME FUN! BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY.


Music specialist Lea Petri will be present giving one on one violin mini lessons, music sing along, and discussing classical music exposure for children with disabilities. THIS SHOULD BE AWESONE!


RSVP TO DSACNJ@ARCMERCER.ORG WITH NUMBER OF GUESTS ATTENDING BY OCTOBER 20, 2015. SUBJECT LINE - HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Family Night Out at the Bucks County Children's Museum

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 5-7pm

500 Union Square Drive

New Hope, PA

Bring the whole family and friends to the Buck's County Children's Museum for a fun night out. We will provide the food and the Museum will provide the fun! Hopefully this will be an opportunity for the adults and children to all get to know one another better! Teens and Adults are also encouraged to attend to mentor and help with the youth of our group and still have some fun of their own! Please email with RSVP with number of guests attending by November 8th with Subject: Museum night out

EDUCATION EVENTS

An Overview of the NJ Early Intervention System

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 10:30am-12:30pm

61 Scotch Road

Ewing Township, NJ

PLEASE JOIN US:

CHILD DEVELOPMENT birth - 3 years

Early INTERVENTION INFORMATION

LEARN ABOUT RESOURCES

MEET OTHER FAMILIES

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS


The Central New Jersey Family health Consortium will be coming out to speak with us about the NJ EIS program. They will be coming at a later date to also discuss the transition to IEP.


REGISTRATION PREFERRED:

RSVP TO:

Christina Broderick

732-937-5437 Ext: 132

Cbroderick@cjfhc.org

Teen Social Inclusion Program

Teen Volunteer Group With Eye on Mentoring Fellow Teens with Down Syndrome

The Center for Family Services teen volunteer program called Quixote Quest is starting a social inclusion club where a select number of teens from the Mercer and Middlesex County New Jersey chapters would join with a like number of teens with intellectual disabilities.


Quixote Quest currently has 90 teens throughout South and Central New Jersey, who sign on to dedicate a school year to do weekly meaningful community service that either changes the direction of a life or the quality of a life. Each teen chooses their specialty service area where they want to make a difference to those they serve. http://www.centerffs.org/quixote-quest/qrew

One to One Mentoring is a large part of QUIXOTE QUEST.


This year they are focusing their mentorship on young people with Down syndrome between the ages 13 and 19. There is no fee for this program. This is how they currently describe the mission of this program they call Hodi's Corner:


Hodi's Qorner is a social inclusion recreation program with an eye on mentoring teens with Down syndrome in developing important social skills, confidence, and level of independance that will better prepare them as they move toward their transition years. This program mobilizes teens from Quixote Quest to serve as mentors to young people with Down syndrome who are between the ages of 13 through 19. Through a friendship group that meets three times per month for two hours on Sunday afternoon, the teen mentors will form a relationship with one member for the length of the school year. The teens from QQ will use these bonds and the real friendships that are formed to guide their mentee in ways that will help them to be more independent and more included in general society.

The mentors, called Tims, will be an ally to the family and to the school in helping their mentee-friend to be more successful in reaching their dreams and goals. They will utilize a Individualized Recreation Plan, formed by the parent and the Hodi's Qorner team, to plan strategies and interventions, which can help the mentee make progress towards those agreed upon goals.


(TIMS – Teens Inspiring and Mentoring Socialization)


Location: Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, located on the grounds of Grace Presbyterian Church at 57 Sand Hills Road in Kendall Park, NJ.


CONTACT BELOW IF INTERESTED:

Frank McGough

Quixote Quest Director

Center for Family Services Program

609-220-2186

www.centerffs.org/quixote-quest/welcome

https://www.facebook.com/centerffs

Bucks County Right to Education Task Force: Understanding Educational Evaluations

Understanding Educational Evaluations A Guide for Parents


Tuesday, October 13, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 PM

A Free event for parents and educators taking place at
Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, 18901


Speaker: Dr. Stephen Jacobson, Esq.

Are you the parent of a student with an IEP? Are you confused or overwhelmed when attending an evaluation report meeting, or when you hear about the WISC, the WIAT, MAP or DIBELS? Would you like to learn more about the evaluations, assessments, and subtests? Would you like to understand more about the test results, the numbers and what they mean?
Dr. Jacobson has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Law Degree. Following law school he was employed by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, and the Center for Psychotherapy Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a founding member and managing partner at Jacobson and John, where he specializes in Special Education Law.
Please join us for this informational presentation!

Please invite all parents/guardians of children with special needs!
Please register by emailing Alice Schaible at ASchaible@bucksiu.org<mailto:ASchaible@bucksiu.org>
Or call 215-348-2940, ext. 1201<tel:215-348-2940%2C%20ext.%201201>
Alice Schaible
Executive Assistant for Educational Services
Bucks County Intermediate Unit
705 N. Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-2940 ext. 1201<tel:215-348-2940%20ext.%201201>
fax: 215.340.1639<tel:215.340.1639>
aschaible@bucksiu.org<mailto:aschaible@bucksiu.org>

Our Children… Their Future… Bucks County IU

Partners in Education: What You Need To Know a mini conference for families on supporting student success

October 17th event

will be held from 8:30am - 3:30pm


  • DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE AN IEP?
  • IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL?
  • DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION?
  • ARE YOU PREPARING TO TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO ADULT LIFE?


This conference will provide information on education, health, behavior, transition to adult life, school supports and more so that you can better meet the educational needs of your child. Workshops for youth in Transition also available.


Workshop Topics:

* Basic Rights In Special Education

* Bullying Prevention Strategies

* Essential Components of the IEP

* Interventions & Supports for Struggling Students

* Managing Challenging Behaviors

and more....


Youth Self-Advocacy Track:

Youth ages 14-21 can attend their own conference sessions focused on building self-advocacy skills. This interactive day of hands-on activities and workshops will help participants learn about themselves, better understand their rights and gain awareness of the supports and services available.

Click here to learn more


Sign Up

click link below to register


https://2015partnerscentral.eventbrite.com


Register for October 17th,2015


,Mercer County College, Trenton, NJ

Classical Music For All

Free Halloween Classic Music Concert

October 31, 2015 ; 2:00-3:00pm

Nassau Presbyterian Church

61 Nassau St. Princeton NJ


Informal classical music concert especially adapted for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. All are welcome. Show up in your favorite costume! Please RSVP by email, facebook message, or phone. classicalmusicforall@yahoo.com

www.facebook.com/classicalmusicforall

(609)356-4555


This free concert is provided by Classical Music for All Inc., and Nassau Presbyterian Church.

SKOR Halloween party

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

Time to get your costumes ready!

SATURADY OCTOBER 24

6:30-8:30 PM AT HAMILTON AREA YMCA JKR FACILITY

1315 WHITEHORSE MERCERVILLE RD

HAMILTON NJ 08619

Please click the link for the Halloween Dance Registration form

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By-8HPdG0hivc0p4aUd4eExGU1U/view?usp=sharing

Special Olympics Athlete University

Athlete University at rider University Seeking Athletes

Applications for this year’s Special Olympics New Jersey Athlete University are now posted! Athlete University is an Athlete Leadership Program, meeting 5 times throughout the course of the year, providing education on various topics such as public speaking, nutrition and fitness, empowerment and goal setting, leadership skills, and resume writing and interview skills. Upon successful completion of all conferences, graduating athletes are recognized at Summer Games with a certificate of completion from the Special Olympics New Jersey Athlete University!

We are actively looking to enroll more athletes! The next session isNovember 7th; interested athletes should contact below for more details and for an application.

If athletes previously completed the program and would like to participate again this year, they are more than welcome to!

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Picariello at ap@sonj.org<mailto:ap@sonj.org> or 609-896-8000 x 266.

Ongoing Enrichment Opportunities

Sensational Kids Fall Programs


BELOW PROGRAMS ARE INTENDED FOR:

Parents, Teachers and Professionals

A certificate of attendance is providing for continuing education purposes to all teachers and para-professionals attending

$15 Registration Fee Per Workshop

To register, please call the office at 856-810-5777 or

email office@iamasensationalkid.com


Sensory and Behavioral Strategies for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Developmental Delays


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

8:00pm

Presenter: Jessica Zawrotny, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids

  • Overview of Sensory Processing Disorder and the ABC's of behavior
  • Information on how to effectively combine behavior and sensory strategies in the home and classroom setting
  • Handouts with online and print resources

HELP ME WRITE: Tips, Tools and Teaching Strategies for Struggling Writers


Thursday, November 12, 2015

8:00pm

Presenter: Jessica Zawrotny OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist at Sensational KIds

  • Basic assessment and background on why certain children struggle to write
  • Practical, best practice strategies to assess and help children with handwriting and pre-writing issues (ages 3 through teens)
  • Information about keyboard training, apps and assistive devices for struggling writers
  • Review of modified handwriting papers and letter formation instructional strategies
  • Discussion about IEP strategies that may help your struggling writer



Mealtime Miseries:

Helping Your Picky Eater



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

8:00pm

Presenter: Jessica Zawrotny OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist at Sensational KIds

  • Learn why children resist certain types of foods and what strategies you should and should not use
  • Information on behavioral and sensory strategies for Picky Eaters
  • Information on the SOS Feeding Program
  • Resources and handouts
  • Q and A time built in


For Details and Enrollment, Call the Office at 856-810-5777 or

email office@iamasensationalkid.com

Special Needs PROGRAMS AT PLAINSBORO REC CENTER FOR VARIED AGES


INCLUSIVE SPORTS PLAY

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

MESSY FINGERS MESSY HANDS

TEEN SOCIAL HOUR

HALLOWEEN BOWLING

HALLOWEEN DANCE


SEE MORE ON WEBSITE

www.plainsboronj.com

Township of Plainsboro ٠†Department of Recreation & Community Services ٠

641 Plainsboro Road ٠†Plainsboro, NJ ٠†609-799-0909 x1719

Free Creative Drama and Art at Mercer County Institute for the Arts


Email, call or visit website for details and registration information

VSA New Jersey

703 Jersey Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 745-3885

(732) 745-4524 FAX

info@vsanj.org

www.vsanj.org

SEEKING self advocates for our board

Teens and adults with Down Syndrome and Emerging Leadership Skills See below

Teens or adults with Down Syndrome we value your input. If interested in working with us to create opportunities and events for your peers and advocate for yourself and others, please contact us. We will ask you to attend meetings periodically when able and communicate with us on an ongoing basis about ideas and progress. When available we may have you join us at events and conferences on occasion.

email dsacnj@arcmercer.org if interested.

Other great organizations with ongoing opportunities

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Gigi playhouse in hillsborough

According to their site "GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge."

Check out their site for details:

http://gigisplayhouse.org/hillsborough/

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Allies Offfers Great opportunities for our adults!

As per their website "Allies, Inc. is an accredited nonprofit agency dedicated to providing housing, healthcare, meaningful employment, and recreational opportunities to people with special needs in the communities of their choice.
Since 1999, we have been enriching the lives of people with special needs by promoting their greater independence with dignity, respect and understanding.
We work one-on-one with families to design a comprehensive assistance plan that meets their specific needs and goals. Allies takes great pride in designing programs that are as individualized and unique as the people we serve."


Some of what they offer: Job placement, recreation, music program, etc


Located in Hamilton NJ


Check out their site for more details about all they offer: http://www.alliesnj.org/

DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL NEW JERSEY


The Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey (DSACNJ) is a non-profit parent support group, established to assist families of children and adults with Down Syndrome as a point of contact, support, up to date information and fun and enriching social gatherings. We celebrate the lives of our children and encourage them to reach their full potential.