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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. 

    Registration:  
    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+!About SCALE

    The Supporting Community Access through Leisure and Employment (SCALE) program is a unit within the RCAAS that provides adults with ASD community-based supports including, but not limited to, vocational training, supported employment, behavioral supports, and employment opportunities on the Rutgers - New Brunswick campus. 

    2020 Admissions Process

    Thank you for your interest in applying to the SCALE Program at RCAAS! We are not accepting new applicants at this time. The RCAAS will continue to accept a small number of applicants each year until the construction of our new headquarters facility is complete to accomodate more participants. Please check back in the spring for more details on our application process and deadlines.

    SCALE General Admission Criteria

    1.     A primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    2.     Approved to participate in the NJDDD Supports Program

    3.     A desire and capacity for community-based employment

    Important Information

    ·         The RCAAS headquarters building is located on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University at 102 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.

    ·         Support services are provided to individuals having a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) age 21 and older.

    ·         The RCAAS is an approved service provider within the NJDDD Supports Program. Specific services provided by the RCAAS include: behavioral supports, career planning, community-based supports, community inclusion services, day habilitation, individual supports, natural supports training, prevocational training, supported employment, and transportation.

    ·         The RCAAS will consider applications for admission from individuals requiring transportation services residing up to 25 miles from the physical location of the program. Individuals residing further than 25 miles from the program must be prepared to arrange for their own transportation to the program in order to be considered for admission.


    Additional or Compensatory Special Education and Related Services for Students with Disabilities: Recently Signed Legislation and Participation in Graduation Ceremonies
     

     The Directory was updated as of 6/30/2021. Please contact Linda Wieseneck for on-going updates.

    Camp Expo Handout (PDF)


    Telehealth


    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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