Free, at-home COVID tests are available from the federal government, to be shipped to one's home. You can visit this website to order up to four (4) free COVID tests per home: https://nachw.org/covid-test-kit-order-form/. Please note that the tests will usually ship in 7 to 12 days. If you or a loved one need to be tested quickly, please use other testing options.
As announced previously, New Jersey will send you a free, at-home COVID test, which can be requested from this website: https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nj/. Again, if you need to be tested quickly, please use other testing options. If you want to know about other ways to be tested for COVID, please see this information from nj.gov: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing#test-sites
It is anticipated that 400 million free N95 masks will be available across the United States, starting next week. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Enhance Employment Opportunities and Training Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
Rowan Integrated Special Needs Center (RISN) in Sewell, NJ is looking for individuals to participate in two Focus Groups. These Groups will be reviewing Educational Materials pertaining to women’s health exams. The goal is to increase awareness and access to physical, sexual, and reproductive health for women with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
Please see the Get Covered New Jersey link and forward it to anyone who does not have NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid and needs health insurance. The open enrollment period is ending on January 31, 2022.
Please see the notice below from the Social Security Administration, which was prepared for everyone who needs assistance from Social Security -- it was not written for a specific population. Therefore, I have a few comments that pertain specifically to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) whose parents are submitting an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or if parents have questions about their son/daughter's current Social Security benefits (e.g., the upcoming retirement of a parent and the son/daughter with IDD changing from SSI to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), due to the work record of a parent).
1. It is usually more helpful to speak to a Social Security employee at the local office, instead of calling the national phone number. The local phone number can be accessed from this link: local Social Security office
2. Social Security employees have been responding to telephone inquiries since the pandemic began in March, 2020, and most issues and concerns can be addressed by scheduling a telephone appointment with the local office (including applying for SSI).
3. If it is necessary to have an in-person appointment (and emphasizing that an in-person appointment will not usually be needed) a parent should ask if he or she can go alone, to prevent their son/daughter with IDD from waiting to be seen (and possibly waiting outside in cold weather).
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 navitate 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 Doreen Moran 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 that if you have any suggestions about topics, please let us know.
The following is a list of some of the upcoming webinars taking place:
Bergen County Support Coordination Agency - Virtual Roundtable
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 (Abilities First, Advanced Disability Management Services, All Heart & Soul, Amazing Strides, Brighter Days Network, LLC, Caring Community Center, Columbus Organization)
Thursday February 3, 2022 (Disabilitiy Services and Advocacy, Equal Opportunity Support Services, Frontier Services, Infinity Today, MSB Enterprises, National Institute for People with Disabilities of NJ, Spectrum care Management & Counseling)
Time: 6:00 PM
To attend these FREE events, please regsiter at:
Parent-to-Parent Exchange Meetings - for Parents of Students under age 21 with Disabilities
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
To attend these Zoom meetings, please register at
Let's Talk - for Parents of Adult Children age 21 and over with Disabilities
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
To attend these Zoom meetings, please register at
To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE -
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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 email@example.com.
Stay safe and be well!
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;
- 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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February 10, 2022