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    Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
    Annual Report for 2019 - Submitted July 8, 2020

    Paul S. Aronsohn

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    Virtual Parent Support Groups for Parents/
    Caregivers of Individuals with Disabilities via Zoom

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    Parent Support Group for parents/caregivers of youth with disabilities
    (Younger than 21 yrs.)

    When: Tuesday,October 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Register in advance for this meeting: Click here

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month.


    Virtual Parent Support Groups for Parents/
    Caregivers of Individuals with Disabilities via Zoom

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
    Parent Support Group for parents/caregivers of youth with disabilities
    (21+ yrs.)

    When: Thursday,October 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
    Register in advance for this meeting: Click here

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    Join us the 2nd Thursday of each month.


     FRN Flyer

    New Jersey's Personal Preference Program (PPP) is helpful for individuals with I/DD

    The Personal Preference Program (PPP) is an alternative to having a home health agency employee coming into the home. With the PPP, the individual or family chooses the person who will provide the ADL assistance, and that person could be the individual's mother or father, sibling, other relative or a friend. For the details about NJ's Personal Preference Program -- including the specific enrollment and operational procedures to be followed -- please see the helpful, 9-page, PPP Fact Sheet developed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS). 

    Read more here.


    The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to release updated Residential Visitation Guidance that now permits indoor visitation, when certain conditions are met, with family and friends of individuals who reside in provider managed settings such as group homes. The Division’s Residential Screening Policy has also been updated to reflect this adjustment. 

    Visitation will require an attestation from the residential provider, guardian consent, and each visitor to sign a visitor agreement ahead of their visit. These forms can be found below and are also available here: NJ Department of Human Services COVID-19 Information.

     Further adjustments to policy will be made as more is learned about the virus. Please distribute this important information to your networks.



    We are excited to announce the opening of our application process for Independence Way in Florham Park, New Jersey.

    Independence Way will be home to 102 adults with developmental disabilities. Living options include 26 one-bedroom apartments and 36 two-bedroom apartments. All applicants must meet affordability requirements.

    Click here for more information or to apply.

    Questions? Contact us at housing@bergenunitedway.org or 201-291-0619.


     NJ Human Services to Deliver Special Food Assistance Benefits to Children Starting Next Week

    Read more here

    Rutgers Survey

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    Autism Beach

    We know how much joy and magic this event brings to families living with autism, but your health and safety is our utmost priority. For that reason, we will be hosting our annual Autism Beach Bash online! Be prepared for guest appearances from all your Beach Bash favorites as well as fun, interactive segments for kids of all ages-right from the comfort of your own home!

    Join us on Sunday, September 13th, 2020 to have fun while supporting Autism Family Services of New Jersey! Please continue to stay connected to us for updates on our 2020 Autism Beach Bash. Contact us if you have any questions.

    Register for Autism Beach Bash Here


A Message from the Director

  • Linda



    Welcome to the BCSS CAPE Resource Center.  We serve the special needs community by providing access to information, resources, services, educational opportunities, and referrals.  Learn about the many features, services and benefits that the Center brings to the special need’s community.   

    We are all experiencing numerous challenges and emotions these days and having 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 help you and your family.

    During the summer, we will be planning our Fall Virtual Webinars on topics such as guardianship, understanding governmental benefits, safety in the community, etc.  Our Virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Workshops facilitated by Doreen Moran will also resume in September. If you have any suggestions about workshop 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 4076 or by email at linwie@bergen.org.

    Enjoy the Summer!

    All the best,








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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