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Hi Shining Stars Families,

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Happy Chanukah for those celebrating!
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Registration for winter 2018 is open.  Sign up thru community pass at www.livingstontownship.org/shiningstars
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Thanks,
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Jennifer Quirk
Adaptive Recreation Coordinator
Senior, Youth and Leisure Services
204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
Email: jquirk@livingstonnj.org

Upcoming events in our community: Greater Metro West ABLE

Falling Off the Cliff – A series of 4 articles about adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Here’s link to the four parts:

Part One: A Crisis for the Disabled

Part Two: Finding Good Help

Part Three: Finding Work

Part Four: Life After Death

 

Upcoming Calendar of Events 

Friday, December 15th  

Shabbat L’Khulam

6:30pm, Temple Beth Shalom, 193 E. Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston

Shabbat L’Khulam (A Shabbat For Everyone) is an interactive Shabbat service for children and their families.  For more information please contact tbsinclusion@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 16th

Minyan Meyuchad

11am, B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Minyan Meyuchad is a monthly Shabbat service, lunch and extended program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.  For more information please contact Cecille at casekoff@jfedgmw.org

 

Wednesday, December 20th

Free Webinar: Equal Justice Talks: How Parents and Caregivers Can Help Keep an Individual with I/DD Safe while Accessing the Internet

1pm, webinar

The Internet has dramatically changed the way we interact with the world. It has become a global means of communication in our everyday life. However the internet can also put people at risk for cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators and the possibility of revealing too much personal information.

 

Wednesday, December 27th

Autism Friendly Performance of Annie  

1:30pm, Paper Mill Mainstage
For Ages 4 & up and beyond!  Leapin’ lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals just in time for the winter holidays.
MEET YOUR SEAT OPEN HOUSE:  Tuesday, December 26 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM   An Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.
Autism-Friendly performances are theater experiences in which the environment and typical “rules of attendance” have been relaxed to accommodate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and the families and professional who support them.

Wednesday, December 27th           

Caregiver’s Support Group (flyer attached)

7:30pm, JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

For Caregivers of Children/Adults with Special Needs.  This group will offer:  Support and Guidance, An Opportunity To Network With Other Parents/Guardians, Ways To Advocate For Your Child, Services and Resources Available In The Community.  For more information or to register, please contact Laura Weitzman at (908) 352-8375 or lweitzman@jfscentralnj.org

 

Friday, December 29th  

Shabbat and Chanukah Experience

5pm, Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah, 111 Valley Rd, Clark

A Chanukah Celebration and monthly Shabbat experience for adults with special needs.  For more information, please contact Cantor Steven Stern at 732-381-8403 or sst460@aol.com.

 

Thursday, January 4th

Falling Off the Cliff Webinar

2pm, webinar

Ronnie Polaneczky, columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer discusses her four part series about adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Here’s link to the four parts: Part One: A Crisis for the DisabledPart Two: Finding Good HelpPart Three: Finding WorkPart Four: Life After Death

Please register for Falling Off The Cliff on Jan 4, 2018 2:00 PM EST at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6699120226058115329

 

Friday, January 5th

Conference: Autism Sexuality Education -Navigating Relationships, Avoiding Victimization, and Becoming Empowered

8am-4pm, Montclair State University

Full day conference for self-advocates, professionals, parents and caregivers on sexuality education for individuals with Autism (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities (DD). Included are four informational sessions and a panel discussion as well as breakfast and lunch. NJ Department of Education Professional Development hours available for educators.

 

Saturday, January 6th  

Open Door Minyan

11am, Congregation Adath Shalom, 841 Mountain Way, Morris Plains

Open Door Minyan is a Shabbat service, kiddush and extended program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.  For more information, please contact Laurie@adathshalom.net,  sue@therosenthals.net  or (973) 610-4565.

Saturday, January 6th  

Shabbat Experience

10am, Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah, 111 Valley Rd, Clark

A monthly Shabbat experience for adults with special needs on Shabbat morning with worship and a Kiddush luncheon.  For more information, please contact Cantor Steven Stern at 732-381-8403 or sst460@aol.com.

Saturday,  January 6th

Yaldeinu

11:15am, , Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave, Millburn

Yaldeinu (Our Children) is a Shabbat program for children, teens and adults with special needs.  We have prepared liturgy and an experience designed to be participatory, joyous, and relaxed! Synagogue membership is not required for attendance. For more information please contact Celeste at (973) 379-3811, ext. 20 or email at cbjmillburn@aol.com

 

Tuesday, January 9th

Free Webinar: Early Intervention and Preschool Services

6pm, webinar

An Early Intervention evaluation may be the first step to find out about a child’s developmental strengths and needs –whether the child is losing previously acquired skills or just does not seem to be progressing in his/her development.

 

Wednesday, January 10th

Mom’s Support Group (flyer attached)

7:30pm, JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange,

Are you looking for:  Support and Guidance, Networking with other moms, Learn about how to be the best advocate, Services and Resources available in the community?  For more information please contact Becca at (973) 929-3129 ormetrowestABLE@jfedgmw.org

 

Sunday, January 14th  

Second Sundays at [words] bookstore – SEWING – with Tiel Roman Studio

2pm, [words] bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood

A monthly event series for children with special needs and their families.

Join us each month on the Second Sunday of the month. Register today by emailing info@wordsbookstore.com  with your child’s name and age

 

Wednesday, January 17th

Sibling Support Group (flyer attached)

6-7:15, JFS Central, 655 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth

Opportunity for typical siblings to express feelings,  Fun activities and pizza,  Networking with others.  For more information contact Laura Weitzman at (908) 352-8375 or email lweitzman@jfscentralnj.org

 

Friday, January 19th  

Shabbat L’Khulam

6:30pm, Temple Beth Shalom, 193 E. Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston

Shabbat L’Khulam (A Shabbat For Everyone) is an interactive Shabbat service for children and their families.  For more information please contact tbsinclusion@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, January 20th  

Minyan Meyuchad

11am, B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Minyan Meyuchad is a monthly Shabbat service, lunch and extended program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.  For more information please contact Cecille at casekoff@jfedgmw.org

 

Monday, January  22nd

Support Group For Caregivers Responsible For Adults with Disabilities 

7:30-9pm, JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains

For Whom?   Moms, Dads, and other caregivers who are responsible for an adult with disabilities.  RSVP:  weitzmanlaura@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, January 31st            

Caregiver’s Support Group 

7:30pm, JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

For Caregivers of Children/Adults with Special Needs.  This group will offer:  Support and Guidance, An Opportunity To Network With Other Parents/Guardians, Ways To Advocate For Your Child, Services and Resources Available In The Community.  For more information or to register, please contact Laura Weitzman at (908) 352-8375 or lweitzman@jfscentralnj.org

 

Monday, February 26th

2018 Transition Conference – Register Now

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel | Woodbridge, NJ

2018 Transition Conference focused exclusively on the transition to adulthood. This critical time in the life of a person with autism requires careful planning on the parts of both caregivers and professionals. Our esteemed presenters will discuss a variety of legal, educational, and service topics specifically addressing adolescence and the changes that come with the end of the high school years. The Transition Conference offers 12 workshops presented by leaders in the field and 50 exhibits focusing on legal, instructional, and services issues. For more information and to register, click HERE.

 

Recreational Programs

Jewish Education Programs for Individuals with Special Needs 

Certified Babysitters Now Available!!

Greater MetroWest ABLE recently completed a 5 week training course for teens who are interested in learning to babysit for children with special needs, including CPR and First Aid certification.  If you are interested in receiving contact information for these teens, please contact Becca at rwanatick@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3129.

 

AMC Theatres brings even more sensory friendly films. Now, join these special movie showings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in addition to our normal Saturday showings at 10:00 a.m.  Learn More

 

Support Coordination at JFS MetroWest

JFS of MetroWest NJ is excited to announce a new service for individuals with disabilities: Support Coordination.  Support Coordination is a case management service that is provided to individuals who are eligible through the state of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. This new service is being provided to residents of Essex and Morris counties.  The mission of this state of-the-art  program is to promote individual choice and community inclusiveness by partnering with consumers and their families to ensure access to supportive services. JFS Support Coordinators assist in accessing appropriate services that help maximize independence and support personal goals. Additionally Support Coordinators provide guidance with navigating the complex system of care for individuals with disabilities. Services may include day programs, medical supports, local fitness facilities, and employment services, social and educational opportunities which will lead to a fulfilling and meaningful life.  For more information contact Maggie McCourt at mmccourt@jfsmetrowest.org(973) 637-1762,   www.jfsmetrowest.org.

 

DIR Floortime for Families and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – NOW ACCEPTING MANY INSURANCE

DIR Floortime is an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental challenges. It is a comprehensive developmental framework which enables clinicians, parents and educators to construct a program tailored to the child’s unique challenges and strengths. Click Here for more information, or to speak to a clinician, contact Sara Mendez, LCSW, at 973-740-1233 or smendez@jfsmetrowest.org

 

Resources for Durable Medical Equipment

DRNJ’s Back In Action and Goodwill Home Medical provide free or low cost DME for families.

Back In Action                    http://backinaction.drnj.org/home.php

Goodwill Home Medical (formerly Your ReSource)        http://www.goodwillhomemedical.org/

ZICHRON YEHUDA EQUIPMENT EXCHANGE  If you would like to request something, or have anything to add to our list, please contact Golda@Beineinu.org

 

 

Morris County Vocational School – Food Service Class for Teens with Developmental Disabilities

Morris County Vocational School District has designed a program for special needs adults seeking to develop employability skills for an entry level position in the food industry. Students learn and apply:  Organization and sanitation of work area, equipment, dinnerware and utensils; Prepare and serve basic menu items; Monitor food temperature;  Wrap, store and refrigerate food items; Develop time management skills;  follow multi-step directions and implement workplace etiquette and safety. For more information on registering, please contact: TERRY SCHWEON, Program Specialist  (973) 627-4601 ext. 208

 

Social Support Group for Young Adults with Aspergers

Being organized in the Morris County area – Meeting dates and locations will be determined by the response of interested participants.  For questions or to become involved contact Debra Burke at (201) 230-4725 or aspergers.socialgroup@yahoo.com.

 

PJ Library

PJ Library® is a wonderful community program that sends high quality, Jewish content books to families raising Jewish children. Each month your child will receive their own book in the mail; there are no strings attached and there is no limit to the number of children registered in each family. The age range for the Greater MetroWest NJ program is for children under 5 ½, but PJ Library is also available to special needs children older than 5 ½ who could benefit from the books in the age groups we offer. This is a very special way to build your child’s Jewish Library and it is a wonderful gift from the Jewish community to its families.  Click here for more information about PJ Library and contact Andrea Bergman to enroll your children.

 

America’s Special Kids

This is the parent, educator, physician and therapist resource for special needs children. Take a look around and don’t forget to read our blogs for the latest updates on parent workshops, events, networking opportunities and more!

http://americaspecialkidz.org/

 

Greater MetroWest ABLE is proud to have been named one of the 18 leading Jewish organizations committed to fostering inclusion of people with disabilities in the first ever Disabilities and Inclusion Supplement to the Slingshot Guide.

Please feel free to save, print and share any of the above information.  For more information on the above or any other community programs, please feel free to outreach to me.  I am happy to help!

Thanks,

Becca

Rebecca Wanatick

Manager, Community Inclusion & Program Services

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

rwanatick@jfedgmw.org

(973) 929-3129

www.greatermetrowestABLE.org