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A Message from the Director

  • Linda

    Welcome to the BCSS CAPE Resource Center.  The Center serves 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 needs community.  We have some very exciting upcoming parent and professional workshops scheduled for this year.

    With the arrival of spring, we are once again offering our Behavioral Workshop Series for parents/caregivers of elementary school-aged children.  The first in the series is on March 27th, Understanding the Behavioral Aspects of Reinforcement and Punishment when Dealing with your Child with Autism which will focus on the meaning of reinforcement and punishment and give recommendations on how to implement these procedures effectively.  The following week on April 3rd, the second workshop, Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Community, will focus on the theory of Applied Behavior Analysis and basic interventions will be discussed.  We end the series on April 10th, Helping Your Child Develop Independent Skills, and will give you strategies to help guide your child to grow up independent of their disability.  You can attend 1, 2 or all 3. Remember, we offer professional development hours for educators for all of the CAPE Resource Center workshops.  We have more workshops planned for April so be sure to check back with us on a regular basis.   

    In May we will continue with 2 more workshops, the first one on May 7th on College Programs, including Turning Point at Bergen Community College and then a housing Workshop with Tom Toronto on May 22nd.

    For professionals, we will again have the Autism Symposium on April 25th.  This is an all day workshop and always is well attended so register early for this one.

    Most of our workshops are held at the BCSS Educational Facility located at 540 Farview Avenue in Paramus from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.   

    As always, our Parent-to-Parent Exchange usually meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7pm. Our next meetings are April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, and July 9th.  These monthly parent support meetings are geared to parents with youth 14 years and older, who have developmental and other disabilities. Doreen Moran leads the group and she wears the hat of both professional in the field and parent of two young adults with disabilities. Hope you can participate - drop in when you can.

    You can register at https://cape.bergen.org for these and other FREE workshops throughout the year.





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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