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    Our door is open, and we are again offering in-person
    membership opportunities for individuals. Keep scrolling to learn more.
    Contact us, using the form below, to schedule your membership interview!

    We are also happy to STILL offer a virtual membership for anyone interested in joining The Club remotely. Check out the Class Descriptions tab for more information!!s open for our next Cohort of evening online classes and social opportunities
    . We can't wait to meet you!!




    August 17, 2021

    For the County of Bergen

    Contact: Derek Sands


    For Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

    Contact: Donnalee Corrieri



    PARAMUS, NJ – The County of Bergen in partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center announces that starting today Tuesday, August 17, the Bergen County Vaccination Center will begin offering third dose “boosters” of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to those who are immunocompromised in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    The Bergen County Vaccination Center also continues to offer all three COVID-19 vaccines to those who have yet to receive a first dose. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone age 12 or older and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines are available to anyone age 18 or older. Bergen County health officials strongly urge all who are eligible to receive their vaccines as the beginning of school is quickly approaching.

    The Bergen County Vaccination Center is located on the campus of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, 230 E Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652. Vaccinations will be offered Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

    For a full list of qualifying immunocompromising conditions, please visit the CDC website.

    The County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center are also awaiting guidance regarding third “booster” shots for the general public.

    Walk-in vaccinations are available but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointments for both first and third doses, please visit www.BergenCovidVaccine.com. All vaccine recipients must show proof of age, and those ages 12-17 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Vaccine recipients must live, work or attend school in New Jersey.

    Additional Information: Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center CEO Deborah Visconi are available to speak to the media today at the Bergen County Vaccination Center.


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    Accessible College/Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Partnership Continues!

    Accessible College is pleased to announce that our partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to offer FREE college transition support services to students with paralysis is entering its second year! 

    Who is eligible: 
    Students with paralysis who are considering post-secondary education. Through this project we have worked with high school students and adult students. 

    Students and families can sign up for this service by contacting an Information Specialist at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to see if they are eligible:
    Phone: 1-800-539-7309 (Ask for an Information Specialist)
    Web: www.ChristopherReeve.org/Ask

    Learn More:
    Kick-Off Webinar and Overview (Webinar Recording and Blog)
    Supporting High School Students with Paralysis with the Transition to College (Blog Post)
    ​Starting College or Returning to College with Paralysis (Blog Post)
    College Transition Booklet Available to Help Students with Paralysis Navigate College (Webinar Recording and Blog)

    Free Transition Guide for Students with Paralysis:
    This transition guide, was written by Annie Tulkin, Founder and Director of Accessible College, for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Navigating and Transitioning to College with Paralysis

     For more information and links go to https://rcaas.rutgers.edu/
    Starting Monday June 21, 2021, the SCALE Program at the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) has opened its online admissions portal and
    is accepting applications for new participants age 21+
    Additional or Compensatory Special Education and Related Services for Students with Disabilities: Recently Signed Legislation and Participation in Graduation Ceremonies


    During the pandemic, Social Security has continued to provide service online and by phone while our offices remain closed for walk-in service. Our local office employees are busy answering calls to their office. While we offer many online and phone options to help you, we recognize that in-person assistance is sometimes necessary.

    Though walk-in service is not available, we may be able to schedule an in-person appointment in certain situations. We have updated information on our Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) web page to explain situations involving help with benefits or a Social Security number when we may be able to schedule an appointment. If you believe your client qualifies for an in-person appointment, ask your client to call their local office. They can look up the phone number for their local office by accessing our office locator.  Please note that appointments may not be immediately available, depending on local health and safety conditions and staffing.  An in-person appointment may be possible if your client: 

    • Is without food or shelter, including utilities or is without medical care or coverage and needs to apply for or reinstate benefits.
    • Currently receives benefits and has an urgent need for payment to meet expenses for food, shelter, or medical treatment, and cannot receive the payment electronically.
    • Is age 12 or older applying for their first SSN card.
    • Needs to update or correct their SSN information (e.g., name, date of birth, or citizenship) to obtain income, resources, or medical care or coverage, or other services or benefits (e.g., filing a tax return, applying for housing, seeking an Economic Impact Payment). 

    Please visit and subscribe to our Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) web page to keep up to date during the pandemic. I encourage you to share this information with your members, colleagues, affiliates, and other interested parties.



A Message from the Director

  • Hello from the BCSS CAPE Resource Center.  We serve the special needs community by providing access to information, resources, services, referrals and educational opportunities.  Explore our website to learn about the many features and services the Center brings to you at as aLinda caregiver/family member, a professional or an individual with disabilities.

    We are all experiencing numerous challenges and emotions these days and caring for a loved one with a disability can present additional issues and concerns. Please feel free to reach out to me for a friendly ear and/or for information/resources to assist you. Our Zoom Webinars on topics such as guardianship, understanding governmental benefits, safety in the community, etc. are underway. Check out our archived webinars, too. Our Virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Workshops facilitated by Doreen Moran have resumed and based on the participation, are a wonderful success. The support groups meet monthly. Although they are free, registration is required.

    As we continue to plan our future workshops, if you have any suggestions about topics, please let me know.

    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - https://lp.constantcontact.com/su/V9b5SEg/parentssignup

    Hope to see you (virtually) soon!! Of course, feel free to contact me at the BCSS CAPE Resource Center if you have any questions/concerns, etc. WE ARE OPEN. 201-343-6000 x 4067 or by email at linwie@bergen.org. Stay safe and be well! All the best,

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BCSS CAPE Resource Center

  • The BCSS CAPE Resource Center serves as a...

    A hub for educators, community members and individuals living and working in and around Bergen County to locate services and resources for those with developmental and other disabilities;

    We offer...

    Resource Coordination/Information

    • Resource coordination includes intake as well as referral to the system of services and educational resources in Bergen County and the surrounding communities.
    • Educational materials, such as fact sheets, journal articles, publications, directories, etc., on topics related to people with disabilities;

    Educational Workshops (Areas of interest include…)

    • Transition Planning
    • Parenting Skills
    • Guardianship/Estate Planning/Special Needs Trusts
    • Housing Options
    • Monthly Parent Support Groups
      • Monthly Aspen Dads Groups
      • Monthly Parent Support Group for parents/caregivers with youth 14 yrs. and older

    Linda Wieseneck, Director, is available to answer questions and to provide consultation and support regarding special services and community resource options.  Follow up ensures quality of services.

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