Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Welcome back to school. I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday break with family and friends, and is ready to begin the second half of the school year with energy and enthusiasm. As I visit our campuses this week, I see our students resuming their routines and enjoying the companionship of their fellow students as well as their teachers, aides, and therapists. I’m very proud of the supportive community that exists within the Special Services school district.
Our recent Bergen County Special Services Expo, held at the Brownstone School in December, was well-attended. Over 100 special education professionals attended our workshop offerings, “Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities: The Law, Definition, Screening, Strategies, and Technology” and “What’s Law Got To Do With It?” Faculty members from our various programs were on-hand to answer questions about our academic and therapeutic programs and the services we provide local districts.
Our CAPE Special Services Resource Center continues to offer professional development workshops and information sessions for parents and guardians. A new parent support group will be launched in January for parents of adult children 18 years and older, in addition to our monthly support group for parents of teens age 14 and older. These informative meetings will focus on navigating issues related to adults with disabilities. Both groups are facilitated by Ms. Doran, a parent and professional in the field of disabilities. Please check the CAPE website for information on dates and times.
Howard Lerner, Ed.D.