Community Webinars & Virtual Activities

  • Ramapo College MASE Program Presents

    INCLUSIVE
    GAME NIGHT!

    Join us for an inclusive game
    night of fun games and to meet
    new people (ages 14-25)!

    Click here for more info and to register

    For Spanish speaking families in your network!

    Do you know of someone who could benefit from a free webinar in Spanish about how to get started with future planning?

    The Arc’s Center for Future Planning is hosting a new future planning 101 webinar for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families whose preferred language is Spanish. Please share this widely with families in your community!

    The webinar, “La Planificación Futura: Es Posible y Necesario,” will be offered twice: 

     

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    Register here


     
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    Journey of Children with Autism
     
     
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    For more info email: rjb@autismspeech.com
     
     

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    Six free resources are now available for download in Spanish to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families plan for the future.

    These resources cover a variety of topics related to decision-making and financial planning, including:

    • Supports available to help people with IDD make decisions
    • Preparing for unexpected changes in a person’s ability to make decisions
    • Common myths about guardianship and people with IDD
    • Tips on how to save money for the future
    • Resources to consider when creating a financial plan
    • When to use a Special Needs Trust or ABLE Account

    Download these resources now and share them widely with the Spanish speaking families in your network!


    The Center Logo Are you looking for something to do as a family?
    Then join Strengthening Families!
    Who: Families with children between the ages of 6 and 11
    When: Tuesdays - 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8
    Time: 6:00 - 8:00
    Contact: Jan Ramos / 201-740-7081 / jramos@cafsnj.org

     This free, fun, virtual and interactive 14 week program uses games and family activities to build on family strengths making them stronger.
    • Each family will receive dinner (on a night different than the program) as part of a family fun night.
    • Graduating families will receive a $100 Gift card.
    Many parents have found that this program has helped them to connect with other parents, understand their youth more, and communicate better as a family.
    Many of the youth have found that this program helped them to resist peer pressure, taught them about drugs and alcohol, and helped their families connect.
    Agenda
    Parent Activity: 6:00-6:45
    Youth Activity: 6:45-7:30
    Family Activity: 7:30-8:00
    The only requirement for this program is having a child between the ages of 6 and 11.

    Click here for more info and to register


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    Too Many Hats: Finding Balance During COVID-19

    In this workshop for all working professionals, we will discuss how the pandemic has changed the ideal work-life balance and practice different ways to implement self-care in our new schedules.

    Click here to register

     Click here for an interactive PDF of all NJ Hope and Healing/RWJ Barnabas Health virtual offerings


    SPAN Youth Empowerment - virtual group

    These virtual presentations will focus on the education and
    health rights of youth who have, or are at risk of having
    emotional, behavioral or learning challenges. Youth and their
    adult allies are invited to attend. You will learn:
    ■ How to access educational supports through school
    ■ How to locate resources for youth aged 14 and up
    ■ How to be a healthy adult
    For questions or more information contact:


    abajamo@spanadvocacy.org

     

    Click here for PDF flyer



    On Wednesday(s), The Social e-Scene will be hosting a Free sample online class(es) for interested members, 18 years and older. This week, we are offering Intro to Dance, on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 pm EST. This adaptive sample dance class is for anyone who has ever wanted to try dance. We will introduce the concept of movement and expression through music, as well as core dance principles. Taking members through a guided warm-up, the sample class will feature several different styles of dance and music along with guided and adaptive choreography. The overall objective is to not only have fun and move our bodies, but utilize music and dance as an additional outlet for communication and expression. You can register online by clicking below!! Scroll down, and choose the sample class option under Individual Membership. Once you have checked out, a link to your class will be sent with additional information. Please don't hesitate to share this opportunity!

    We look forward to e-meeting you!!

    The Social Scene Team

     


    The Rutgers University Tourette Syndrome Clinic is happy to invite undergraduate and graduate students with tics to join a FREE group aimed at providing support and opportunities to interact with other young adult students with tics. This includes students with motor and/or vocal tics, and those with Tourette Syndrome. Meetings will be held February-April 2021 and will occur on Thursday evenings twice per month, virtually. 

     

    To participate in the group participants must: 

    ·     Have a current or previous diagnosis of a tic disorder 

    ·     Be a current college undergraduate or graduate student (this includes students who are taking semesters off)

    ·     Be physically located in New Jersey or New York


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    Parent Training: Tools and Strategies
    to Maximize Zoom Learning.
    When: January 19th, 2021 3:00 pm
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://bergenfield.zoom.us/j/84451101083?pwd=cmZFaHVaSGU4SVdob290NHlxNlN6dz09
    Meeting ID: 844 5110 1083
    Passcode: 579810
    Join us for a wonderful workshop with a behaviorist from our district to discuss
    how we can make remote learning better for all.
    Can’t make it? Join our next meetings:
    March 16, 2021, May 18, 2021
    Do you have any questions? Let us know: Bergenfieldsepag@gmail.com
    www.facebook.com/BergenfieldSepag.com
    * This is a parent run group that works with the Bergenfield school district.*


    We have a round of the Virtual Strengthening Families Program with youth between the ages of 10 and 14, starting January 12! It will be offered in English and Spanish.

    Not familiar with this FREE program?

    Many parents have found that this program has helped them to connect with other parents, understand their youth more, and communicate better as a family. Many of the youth have found that this program helped them to resist peer pressure, taught them about drugs and alcohol, and helped their families connect.

     It really is a great opportunity for families. The only requirement is that the family has a child in the age group of the program. When families graduate from the program, they receive a $100 gift card. Each week the families receive a free dinner on a different night of the program.

     Families begin the program by eating dinner together. After dinner, the families break up into three groups: parents, youth, and babysitting where parenting skills and life skills are taught. Some of these topics include: parents - Love and Limits, making rules, consequences, and protecting against substance abuse and youth – speaking, listening and staying out of trouble.  The families then come together and do family bonding games and activities around these topics.

     Questions? Contact Jan Ramos at jramos@cafsnj.org or 201-740-7081. Click to register in English or Spanish.

     
    SRP Virtual Training Series
    Winter 2021

    Become a SPAN Resource Parent and volunteer your time to help families!
    The SRP Program is an intensive training program designed to educate volunteers to assist parents
    of children with disabilities and special health needs in understanding their rights and responsibilities
    under federal and state laws.
    Participants will learn strategies to access appropriate educational and related services for children
    and youth. Attendees, both parents and professionals, are provided with extensive training and
    ongoing support to help them understand the dynamics of the systems that serve children and
    fami lies. Learn more at: www.spanadvocacy.org/span-resource-parent  
     

    Sibling Support Groups
    Rutgers University’s
    Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center
    The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University holds support groups
    for siblings of individuals with autism or related developmental disabilities. In the past,
    this program has helped many children with the challenging aspects of having a sibling with
    autism.

    Click here for more info


     FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS
    With Tania Kendrick, Neurologic Music Therapist


    Hello! We have a really amazing opportunity for teens and young adults with and without special needs, during these uncertain times. The Social e-Scene and Social e-Scene Jr. (14-17) are virtual opportunities to participate in classes (Sign Language, ZOOMba, ZOOMsical (musical theater) to name a few) and social events with friends and peers, in a virus free, judgment free atmosphere. Registration is now open for our next cohort of classes. If you know us, then you know what we do. If you don't, we are The Social Scene. A club for individuals with and without special needs.  For years, we have operated as a social club for adults. We were a place to socialize, learn, have fun, cook, exercise, hang out, and figure out how to be adults in a world that preaches inclusion, but doesn't always show us how.  

    Then COVID happened. We were ordered closed, but knowing that we served as a de-isolation factor for many, we had to act. We created The Social e-Scene. An online opportunity for members to feel connected and continue having fun, social, engaging opportunities. We are about to enter our 5th Cohort, and we are having the best time. So much so, that we wanted to reach out to a  younger audience. So we launched e-Scene Jr.! Why wait to get to know each other, and start having fun?!   

    Ultimately, we created the Social e-Scene and e-Scene Jr. to continue to boost and sustain our core theme of bringing people together, being engaged, and feeling connected. The best part, is now anyone from anywhere can become a member! Please do not hesitate to share!! Registration for our next cohort of classes e-vents, scheduled to start the week of 1/4/2021, is open!! Please share this one-of-a-kind social experience!  

    We hope to e-see you soon!

    The Social Scene Team

    Find us on Facebook HERE


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    Many children with tics and Tourette Syndrome may experience anxiety, be teased or bullied, develop negative self-perceptions and avoid social situations as a result of their tics. The Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic  is offering a 10-week, group-based program that aims to help children build resilience and develop the skills necessary to better navigate life with tics and associated conditions. 

    The program is based on the research-supported principles of cognitive-behavioral
    therapy (CBT) and is uniquely designed to help youth:

    1. Learn about tics in a developmentally appropriate way
    2. Build confidence
    3. Identify and manage difficult thoughts and feelings
    4. Navigate the various social issues that often come along with having tics,
    such as talking to others about tics and responding to teasing
    5. Connect with other children with tics in a supportive environment 

    Who? 

    Children and adolescents ages 7-17 with Tourette syndrome or chronic tics

    When? 

    Thursday evenings beginning February 18th for 10 weeks

    Where? 

    Virtual via Zoom

     Fee? 

    $20 for intake meeting plus $200 per child for entire 10-week program

     For more information or to register for the group,
    call (848) 445-6111, ext. 40150 or email tsc@gsapp.rutgers.edu 


     
    NJ Hope and Healing
    Virtual Calendar of Free & Public Support Groups,
    in response to COVID-19, MHANJ New Jersey Hope and Healing
     
    Click here for PDF - Zoom List
     
     

    CAPE Center Housing Options Webinars


     
     
    NJ Hope
     Join us for free virtual groups which offer a safe, confidential place to talk and share. 
     
    Family Resource Network
     
     
    The Impact of Social Isolation on Children with Autism and their Families - Click here for webinar
     
     
    What Genetic Testing Reveals: The Benefits of Genetic Testing for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Click here for webinar
     
    Webinar Archive - Click here
     

     
    Helping Children Process Grief & Loss During COVID-19
     
    In this webinar, Dr. Eric Lewandowski will review what to expect when children lose a loved one, about supporting the process of grief in children. The webinar will also discuss challenges of COVID-19 crisis for grieving families and present ideas to help manage this difficult time. Finally, this webinar will review signs that children may be in need of additional support or treatment.

    Click here to register


     
    Roadmap to Planning for your Loved Ones with Disabilities