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    Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
    Annual Report for 2019 - Submitted July 8, 2020

    Paul S. Aronsohn

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    Click here for Be in the Know: Newsreel November 20th, 2020

     Hey Mom! We Have Winter Camp for Kids!


    Bergen Equestrian Center

    Our Winter Camp Program begins Monday, December 28 until Thursday, December 31, from 9AM – 1PM.

    Open to boys and girls ages 7 – 13 years old and no horse-riding experience is necessary! 

      Aftercare is available from 1PM-3PM. Pricing for the week is $595 for Bergen residents and $645 for non-Bergen residents. 

      Campers start the morning off in the barn learning about horses, grooming, equipment and how to prepare for riding. Campers will have a one-hour riding lesson specially tailored to their ability and experience as well as learn from the blacksmith, equine vet and dentist.  

    Activities for the campers also include fun-filled afternoons playing games, painting horse shoes, barn scavenger hunts, playing in the sprinklers on hot days and make horse centric arts and crafts. Special programs include horseless horse shows, pizza Fridays, games on horseback, face painting, costume contests and horse finger painting. Campers also get the opportunity to spend time in the BEC/Audubon Butterfly Garden with the Bergen County Audubon Society learning about the plants and animals that share the environment. For more information visit bergenequestrian.com, 201.336.3370 or email at bergenequestriancenter@gmail.com

    Bergen Equestrian Center

    40 Fort Lee Road Leonia, NJ 07605



    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

  • Linda Welcome to the BCSS CAPE Resource Center.  We serve 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 need’s community.  

    We are all experiencing numerous challenges and emotions these days and having 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 help you and your family.

    Our Fall Zoom Webinars on topics such as guardianship, understanding governmental benefits, safety in the community, etc. are underway.  Our Virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Workshops facilitated by Doreen Moran have resumed and based on the participation, are a wonderful success.

    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 4076 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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