LOCAL EVENTS, EDUCATION, NEWS and ADVOCACY
October 10, 2015
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.
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LOCAL DSACNJ EVENTS
PUMPKIN PAINTING HALLOWEEN PARTY AND MUSIC PROGRAM
Sunday, Oct. 25th, 2pm
327 Pennington Harbourton Road
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
Family Night Out at the Bucks County Children's Museum
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 5-7pm
500 Union Square Drive
New Hope, PA
An Overview of the NJ Early Intervention System
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 10:30am-12:30pm
61 Scotch Road
Ewing Township, NJ
CHILD DEVELOPMENT birth - 3 years
Early INTERVENTION INFORMATION
LEARN ABOUT RESOURCES
MEET OTHER FAMILIES
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.
732-937-5437 Ext: 132
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:
Quixote Quest Director
Center for Family Services Program
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>
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>
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.
* Basic Rights In Special Education
* Bullying Prevention Strategies
* Essential Components of the IEP
* Interventions & Supports for Struggling Students
* Managing Challenging Behaviors
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 link below to register
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.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 oremail email@example.com
Sensory and Behavioral Strategies for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Developmental Delays
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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
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
Helping Your Picky Eater
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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
Special Needs PROGRAMS AT PLAINSBORO REC CENTER FOR VARIED AGES
INCLUSIVE SPORTS PLAY
MESSY FINGERS MESSY HANDS
TEEN SOCIAL HOUR
SEE MORE ON WEBSITE
Township of Plainsboro ٠†Department of Recreation & Community Services ٠
641 Plainsboro Road ٠†Plainsboro, NJ ٠†609-799-0909 x1719
SEEKING self advocates for our board
Teens and adults with Down Syndrome and Emerging Leadership Skills See below
email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Other great organizations with ongoing opportunities
Gigi playhouse in hillsborough
Check out their site for details:
Allies Offfers Great opportunities for our adults!
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.