Parents of children with disabilities in New Jersey can sometimes be overwhelmed with the complex system of state agencies, programs, and service providers which exist to help people with disabilities and their families. Accessing services and supports made available through Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) funded programs is an important part of most individuals’ transition plans, especially when students are approaching graduation and “aging-out” of the school system.
To help parents and educators make sense of it all, Jonathan Sabin, Director of DDD’s Office on Autism, presented a free workshop in cooperation with Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism programs entitled “Autism: Navigating Through the Maze” at our Voorhees campus. Attendees included Y.A.L.E. School parents and staff members, members of the community and representatives of local public school districts.
“Building partnerships between private schools, local public school districts, and parents is one of our most important goals,” said John Wilson, supervisor of Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus who introduced Mr. Sabin at the workshop.
“These special workshops are just one of the ways that Y.A.L.E. School supports parents and school districts; by bringing in locally and nationally-recognized expert speakers, we provide a valuable service to the community,” he added.
Wilson and the Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs will host another event in January 2015 at the Y.A.L.E. School Audubon campus, located inside the public Audubon High School building. Attorneys from the law firm Hinkle, Fingles & Prior will present a workshop on the topic of legal guardianship and protected decision making for parents of adults with autism.
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