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  • The first listed purpose for the Federal law known as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.

    This toolkit has been created to assist school staff and students with disabilities and their families in their efforts to prepare students with disabilities for entry into a successful adult life after high school.  The work to prepare students for a successful adult life that is done by school staff, students, family members, agency staff, and others is referred to as “transition planning” and “transition services” since students are transitioning from school to adult life.

    Access the toolkit here



  • You may have heard that on July 16, 2022,  988 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for mental health crisis and suicide prevention. It will replace the 1-800 number currently used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. On this date, when someone calls 988 all phones in the U.S. (mobile and landline) will connect with the mental health crisis/suicide prevention system. This will allow anyone in the U.S. to call 988 and get help designed specifically for someone dealing with a mental health crisis.

    In an effort to inform as many people as we can about the 988 system in New Jersey, Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has created this presentation that will provide you with an overview https://youtu.be/ZuKhq-VPVjU.  Should you have questions after you watch this presentation, please write to our direct email address: 988Questions@dhs.nj.gov.

    Thank you for your interest in 988. We are eager to begin this new journey in July with all other U.S. States and Territories. We hope Assistant Commissioner Mielke’s presentation will shed some light on the plans for this life-saving system as it evolves in New Jersey.

A Message from the Director

  • Welcome to the CAPE Resource Center.  We serve the special needs community by providing access to information, resources, services, educational opportunities and referrals to help you navigate the special needs world.  Our website contains some valuable features and benefits, so you, as a caregiver/family member, professional or an individual with disabilities, are more informed.

    These days we have all been facing numerous challenges and emotions 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 address issues such as guardianship, understanding governmental benefits, strategies to get ahead of challenging behaviors and safety in the community, estate planning, transition issues, etc.  Our archived webinars are available online - https://www.bergen.org/Page/4298.

    Our virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Workshops, facilitated by Lauren Lavelle, a parent coach and a professional in the field of disabilities, meet monthly and are quite informative.  These workshops have resumed and, judging by the previous participation, they are a great success.  Although the groups are free of charge, registration is required.

    We are in the process of scheduling our upcoming webinars, and ask if you have any suggestions about topics, please let us know.

    The following is a list of some of the upcoming webinars taking place:

    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - 

    Parents and Caregivers Email Signup Form

     

    What You Need to Know About the SSI Application Process

    Date:  Wednesday, June 8, 2022

    Time:  7:00-8:30 PM

    Presenters:  Tracey Cahn, Esq. and Risa Rohrberger, Esq., Cahn & Rohrberger, LLC

    To attend this Webinar please register

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://bergen.zoom.us/w/85769551082?tk=-5GsPrWt9lReynHerKLasLQ7rlejlghC5R-X2tDPpXo.DQMAAAAT-EN86hZUVnc3WHg4RlRxMm95YklDWGZCODVnAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA&pwd=RG9DYjA3SWluUjhKSzhIMlk3MWlCdz09&uuid=WN_xBgiVU6pSh-V6s0cTcHxEA

    Let's Get Together & Talk - for Parents of Adult Children age 21 and over with Disabilities

    Date:  Thursday, June 9, 2022

    Time:  7:30 PM

    Facilitator:  Lauren Lavelle

    To attend these Zoom workshops, please register

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://bergen.zoom.us/j/81158867281?pwd=SGRjSWJhdzVzZlF1c2NFRnExRU1zQT09

     

    Parent-to-Parent Exchange Meetings - for Parents of Students under age 21 with Disabilities

    To attend these Zoom workshops, please register

    Date:  June 14, 2022

    Time:  7:30 PM

    To attend these Zoom meetings, please register

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://bergen.zoom.us/j/87397043250?pwd=U3FHSUhKcUdlVDkzMkxsT01zQ2lRUT09

     

    Parent-to-Parent Exchange Meetings - for Parents of Students under age 21 with Disabilities

    Date:  Tuesday, July 12, 2022

    Time:  7:30 PM

    Facilitator:  Lauren Lavelle

    To attend these Zoom workshops, please register

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://bergen.zoom.us/j/87397043250?pwd=U3FHSUhKcUdlVDkzMkxsT01zQ2lRUT09

     

    Let's Get Together & Talk - for Parents of Adult Children age 21 and over with Disabilities

    Date:  July 14, 2022

    Time:  7:30 PM

    Facilitator:  Lauren Lavelle

    To attend these Zoom workshops please register

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://bergen.zoom.us/j/81158867281?pwd=SGRjSWJhdzVzZlF1c2NFRnExRU1zQT09

     

    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - 

    http://lp.constantcontact.com/su/V9b55SEg/parentssignup

     

     

     

    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - 

    Visit our website - BCSS Cape Center

    https://www.bergen.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1460

    Hope to see you (virtually) soon!!  Feel free to reach out to 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,

    Linda Signature

     

     

     

     

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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Let's Get Together and Talk - for Parents of Adult Children 21+ with Disabilities