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  • The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities is seeking feedback from parents/guardians/caregivers of children and youth with I/DD who have completed or tried to complete the DD Eligibility application for PerformCare.  This is the link to the on-line survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DDEligibility  Let your voices be heard!


    Graduates Timeline Now Available

     DDD’s Timeline for Students Exiting School and Turning 21, commonly known as the Graduates Timeline, is now available. This timeline provides next steps for students who are turning 21, exiting the school system, and interested in accessing adult services through DDD. Because the fee-for-service transition is nearing completion and the information will remain the same going forward, the timeline is no longer specific to a graduating year.


    Would your son or daughter with special needs and talents and abilities be interested and excited at the possibility of joining a non-competitive, super fun, weekly, co-ed, indoor soccer and/or indoor basketball league with other young adults (teammates) who also have special needs, talents, and abilities?  

     If you or your child are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please fill out the following brief survey (website link to survey below) to help us understand the number of participants who are interested as well as to organize the weekly schedules.  Lastly, please feel free to forward this email and survey to others who you think might also be interested in joining a weekly indoor sports league.  





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 needs community.  We have some very exciting upcoming parent and professional workshops scheduled for the Spring.

    Please Join us 2020 Annual BCSS Summer Camp and Recreation EXPO – March 19, 2020.  We will be at the New Bridges Middle & High School at 296 E. Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus NJ  07652 from 4pm – 7pm.  Come explore the many options available for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities.

    Our parent/caregiver support group for parents/caregivers assisting adults 18 years and over has beeen a great success. There are many issues related to caring for adults with special needs and this group provides a venue for support and encouragement as you tackle the challenges of caregiving for an adult. The group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.  Our next meet is March 12, 2020 followed by April 16th, May14th, and June 11th.

    As always, our Parent-to-Parent Exchange meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7pm. Our next meeting is March 10th followed by April 14th, May 12th, & June 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.

    To join our email list for more information about our workshops, please sign-up HERE - https://lp.constantcontact.com/su/V9b5SEg/parentssignup

    Hope to see you soon!! Of course, feel free to contact me at the BCSS CAPE Resource Center if you have any questions.   201-343-6000 x 4076 or by email at linwie@bergen.org.

     All the best,




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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