Tuesday, April 5, 2016


April 6 at 7pm
Panera Bread, Shrewsbury

Come grab dinner or a cup of coffee and chat with others who care for different learners.  All are Welcome - Bring a Friend!

For more information contact Cathy Balto,
cathybalto@aol.com  or 732-842-1758

Next Support Group Meeting..... May 4 at 10 am.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Learning Disabilities in College How to Secure the Services You Need at Brookdale and Other Colleges!

Red Bank Regional Friends of Different Learners &
Red Bank Regional Special Services Department
Learning Disabilities in College
How to Secure the Services You Need at Brookdale and Other Colleges!

Presenter: Ernest J. Oversen
 Director of Disability Services, Brookdale Community College

Tuesday March 15, 2016
7 PM
The Commons
Red Bank Regional High School
101 Ridge Road, Little Silver
Enter the School from the main front entrance in the middle of the building

Students and parents are often surprised to find that a student’s right to receive accommodations for a disability changes after high school graduation. IEP’s no longer exist and all accommodations are made under Section 504 legislation. Moreover, students-not parents- must make the request for accommodations.  Mr. Oversen will discuss the specifics of how the system works at Brookdale and the general process for accessing services in college.

This presentation will be helpful for any student with a disability planning to attend college in the US because all colleges require students to follow a similar process:
1.       Request accommodations
2.       Provide documentation of disability
3.       Present approval of accommodations to professors
4.       Coordinate with professors and/or other college staff to implement accommodations

Students with special needs who plan to attend college are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP https://rbrfodl-learning-disabilities-in-college.eventbrite.com to ensure we have handouts for all attendees. For more information contact Cathy Balto at rbrfodl@gmail.com

New State Office will help resolve disputes, respond to questions and concerns raised by families of children with disabilities

New Jersey will soon have a special-education ombudsman within the state Department of Education, an office intended to field questions and address concerns raised by families of children with disabilities.
Legislation creating the new position was signed into law this week by Gov. Chris Christie.
The bill specifies that the ombudsman will provide information and support to families, while also acting “neutrally and objectively” in helping to resolve disputes before they enter the legal process.
“For many parents, navigating our state’s complex special education system can be an overwhelming and burdensome process,” said Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington), a primary sponsor of the law.
“Having this office at the state level will be a tremendous asset for parents who are struggling to clear roadblocks and understand the rights and services their children are entitled to receive.”
NJ Spotlight would like to know what role our readers hope the new special-education ombudsman will play. We invite you to either post comments at the end of this story or email us at info@njspotlight.com

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Needs Assessment Family Survey _Bogg Center on Developmental Disabilities

LEND Needs Assessment Family Survey

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities is applying for a training program for future health care providers called a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. As part of this application, we’d like to invite families of children and young adults with developmental disabilities to complete a brief survey about their experiences accessing health care and other services. The results will be used to ensure that our proposal reflects the needs of families in New Jersey. The survey will take about 10 minutes or less to complete.
The LEND Needs Assessment Family Survey can be accessed using the link below:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Life After School January 11, 2016 @6:30pm Jackson Liberty High School

As an Employment First state, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is working to ensure that competitive employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred post education outcome for all people with disabilities. This presentation explains the value of working in an integrated, competitive setting & provides information about ways to access DDD-funded employment services/supports.
Jennifer Joyce: Dir. of Support Program & Employment Services; Div. of Developmental Disabilities
Rosemary Brown: Assistant Division Director of Children’s System of Care
Joseph Guarracino: Rehab Counselor 2; NJ Division of Vocational Services
Values into Action, NJ: Support Coordination Agency
Values into Action is leading the way for the next generation of services,
in partnership with people, their families, and communities

Monday, January 11, 2016
6:30 pm
 Jackson Liberty High School; IMC
125 North Hope Chapel Road

Jackson, NJ 08527

For more information please call: Jackson Special Education Office; 732-833-4657
or Zinke McGeady at

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Letting Go to Let them Grow: The Relationship Between Anxiety in Our Children and Parenting Style

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Lower Library - Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
74 Ridge Road, Rumson

All parents worry about their children being happy and productive.  But with academic pressures, social pressures, and different personality styles, it is no surprise that we see anxiety in our children and teens. 
Last year, Dr. Block presented an overview of different anxiety disorders.  This year she will talk about how parents sometimes inadvertently parent in ways that can increase the chances of anxiety.  Come learn about what you can do as a parent to modify your own style and give your child a greater chance to have good coping skills, less worry, and more resilience.
Featured Speaker: Alison P. Block, PhD
Dr. Block is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Health Psychology Center in Little Silver.   In her Little Silver practice, Dr. Block works with many children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, depression, attentional and social issues and other challenges. She is also the psychologist for the Department of Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center and a clinical instructor in Medicine at Drexel University

PLEASE REGISTER at www.rfhfodl-letting-go.eventbrite.com
This event is free of charge but we ask that you register in advance to ensure we have handouts for all attendees.  
Questions?  Contact RFHFODL@gmail.com