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Somerset County Parks Commission features a special selection of year round recreation programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities residing in participating municipalities. An events calendar is available on the website.

US Department of Education


Special Education information available for students, parents, and teachers.

Tri-County Care Management Organization


Educator, Mr. Richard Horowitz, is exective director of the Tri-County Care Management Organization. He is starting a group for dads of special needs kids. He plans for two meetings a month to be held at: TCCMO office, 1250 Route 28, Suite 101, Branchburg, NJ. Interested: call (908) 526-3900 or e-mail: [email protected] Group is called Men Mentoring Men. to reserve a spot: (908) 707-0774 [not affiliated with Warren Schools]

Alliance for Disabled in Action


Alliance for Disabled in Action (phone: 732-4388) offers various programs and seminars for individuals with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals who serve them.


United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation


A student at Woodland School has Mitochondrial Disease. In order to better understand the Disease, please review the information at www.UMDF.org.

Center for Outreach & Services for the Autism Community (COSAC)


COSAC is a nonprofit agency that has been providing information, advocacy, services, family and professional education and consultation to NJ's autism community since 1965. Holds numerous fundraisers during the year.

Somerset County Office of Youth Services


Somerset County Office of Youth Services presents Parenting Connections Workshops on a variety of subjects. Panels of experts from mental health, law enforcement and educational fields discuss wide variety of subjects. For information regarding the schedule of presentations contact mariann Bruno 908-704-6333 or [email protected] Parenting Connections Workshops are held at Somerset County VoTech, North Bridge St. & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater.

Family Support Organization


Family Support Organization 2011 NEW programs, which are run collaboratively with other agencies: Richard Hall Community Health Ctr. 500 No. Bridge St., Bridgewater is site for: New Father's Support Group meets every 4th Thurs of the month 6:30-8:30pm and Evening Support Group for Parents of special needs children meets every 3rd Thurs of the month 6:30 -8:30pm

Anxiety Disorders Clinic - Rutgers University


The Social Skills Group of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic targets clients from age 6 to 18+ with high functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Contact Stefanie Mark, MSW at 732-445-0674 (email: [email protected] to schedule a social skills screening interview. Spots are on a first come, first served basis. Parents and children attend. Group fees is $400 for social skills children's group and Parent support groups $600.

NJ Parent Link - Early Childhood, Parenting & Prof. Res. Ctr


NJ Parent Link: Linking Parents and Professionals to New Jersey's Early Childhood Services and Resources - NJ Parent Link is the State of New Jersey's web-based Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center and is a digital means of communicating with citizens. The NJ Dept of Health is the lead agency in this project. For more information: Jamie Anderson, NJ Parent Link Website Administrator 609 633 1363 or [email protected]





Links to special education data as well as general NJ Department of Education data.


Resources to assist in the improvement of special education programs.


Information to assist in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Information to help parents and students with NJ special education programs.


Assistive Technology

•    Center for Implementing Technology in Education

•    http://www.cited.org/index.aspx

•    AT Ideas for Writing 

•    Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST

•    http://www.cast.org/

•    National Center on Universal Design for Learning 

•    Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access 

•    Web Resources for Assistive Technology in the Classroom

•    http://www.sc.edu/scatp/ATclassroom.htm

•    Able Data 

•    NCIP National center to Improve Practice in Special Education Through Technology, Media and Materials

•    http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/

•    Assistive Technology Index

•    http://www.disabilityresources.org/AT.html

•    Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) 


Positive Behavioral Supports

•    NASP Resources - Positive Behavioral Supports 

•    OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

•    http://www.pbis.org/

•    PBIS World 

•    Writing Social Stories

•    http://myaspergerschild.com/2011/02/how-to-write-social-stories.html

•    US Department of Education- Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document

•    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/restraint-and-seclusion-resource-document.html


Reading and Writing Interventions  

•    Teaching Channel

•    https://www.teachingchannel.org/

•    What Works Clearinghouse 

•    Read Write Think 

•    Center on Instruction

•    http://www.centeroninstruction.org/

•    Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

•    https://explore.data.gov/Education/Federal-Resources-for-Educational-Excellence-FREE-/4gct-cisg

•    Intervention Central 

•    The National Institute for Literacy

•    http://lincs.ed.gov/pipermail/transitions/2009/date.html

•    The National Center for Family Literacy

•    http://www.famlit.org/

•    National Center on Response to Intervention (RtI)

•    http://www.rti4success.org/

•    Text Project strategies and tools for beginning and struggling readers

•    http://www.textproject.org/

•    The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) is a website created by Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Center for Research and Reform (CRRE) that provides easy-to-read, Consumer Reports®-style reviews of various types of K-12 education programs, including early childhood programs, elementary and secondary reading and math programs, and programs for struggling students and English-language learners. To be included on the BEE, reviews must meet a set of rigorous research standards. Beginning Reading

•    http://www.bestevidence.org/reading/begin_read/begin_read.htm

•    NWP National Writing Project 

•    Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Struggling Readers

•    http://www.bestevidence.org/reading/strug/strug_read.htm

•    FREE Federal Resources for Educational Excellence Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies - Reading and language Arts

•    http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=80&toplvl=78&res_feature_request=1

•    Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

•    http://dyslexia.yale.edu/

•    The International Dyslexia Association 


Math Interventions

•    Math Webinars

◦                     Strategies for Instructing Mathematics for Struggling Learners, Including Students with Disabilities: Effective Techniques for Scaffolding Students' Learning of Important Mathematical Concepts and Skills

◦                     This webinar will provide several practical and effective strategies that support student problem solving activities for all students, including students with disabilities. These instructional strategies can be used in a variety of mathematical problem solving and may be provided to individual students and grouping arrangements. Specific ideas will be presented to promote the important connections to mathematical concepts when teaching problem solving. These strategies include instructional scaffolding across content areas, task and materials. Additionally the benefits for struggling students and methods for chunking strategies across and within mathematical problems will be discussed.

◦                     Facilitating Fluency and Automaticity Through Purposeful, Planned, and Targeted Practice Activities

◦                     A key component of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the development of fluency in arithmetic facts and in computational fluency beyond arithmetic facts. This webinar discusses how to design instruction to help students of all skill levels, including students with disabilities, achieve success in mathematics by facilitating fluency and automaticity.

◦                     Strategies for Instructing Mathematics for Struggling Learners, Including Students with Disabilities: Mathematical Vocabulary - Teach It! Learn It! Use It! Remember It!

◦                     Understanding vocabulary is a major contributor to overall comprehension in many content areas including mathematics. Students' mathematical vocabulary learning and understanding can negatively and/or positively impact mathematics achievement. Specific ideas and strategies to promote the learning of important vocabulary will be discussed for all students, including students with disabilities.

◦                     Strategies for Instructing Mathematics for Struggling Learners, Including Students with Disabilities: Organizing instruction & study time to improve student learning of key concepts and skills

◦                     Effective mathematics teachers provide a continuum of instructional supports to help students, including students with disabilities, learn essential mathematical concepts and master new important skills. Additionally, teachers devote significant efforts and instructional time to ensure students do not forget what they have previously learned. This session will provide teachers specific strategies for organizing instruction and students' studying of material to facilitate learning, remembering, and applying critical mathematical concepts and skills in new situations.

•    National Center of Intensive Intervention - Mathematics

•    http://www.intensiveintervention.org/intervention-type/mathematics

•    Teaching Channel

•    https://www.teachingchannel.org/

•    Center on Instruction - Math 

•    What Works Clearinghouse - Math 

•    Foundations for Success: Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel 

•    Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools 

•    Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Elementary Math

•    http://www.bestevidence.org/math/elem/elem_math.htm

•    Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Middle School Math

•    http://www.bestevidence.org/math/mhs/mhs_math.htm

•    Khan Academy

•    http://www.khanacademy.org/

•    National Library of Virtual Manipulatives 

•    FREE Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Math

•    http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=33

•    Inside Mathematics

•    http://insidemathematics.org/

•    The Math Forum at Drexel 

•    K-5 Math Teaching Resources

•    http://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/

•    Three Tiered ELA Instructional Process by Neal Webster was developed to guide teacher in the development a comprehensive literacy block that supports reading success for all students. This webinar was developed for the Improving Literacy Achievement Project, a collaborative effort between the Office of Special Education Programs and Literacy and Language Arts to improve literacy achievement in grades K-3. This three-tiered ELA approach is not to be confused with RTI, which is an intervention approach to assist struggling learners.


Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

•    The Access Center - Co-Teaching

•    http://www.k8accesscenter.org/index.php/category/co-teaching/

•    The Access Center - Internet Resources for Collaboration and Inclusive Practices

•    http://sim.ttac.vt.edu/Documents/Resources%20for%20Collaboration%20and%20Inclusive%20Practices/

•    NICHCY National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - Co-Teaching 

•    TA & D Network 

•    National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) 

•    Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) 



•    PARCC Accommodations PowerPoint

•    Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

•    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/

•    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

•    http://www.nasdse.org/Projects/TheNationalCenteronEducationalOutcomesNCEO/tabid/421/Default.aspx

•    The Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment group (ILSSA)

•    http://www.hdi.uky.edu/ilssa/default.aspx

•    US Department of Education: Assessing Students with Disabilities

•    http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/speced/toolkit/index.html


Preschool Disabilities Resources

•    New Jersey Parent Link Project 

•    New Jersey Teaching and Learning Standards

•    http://www.state.nj.us/education/ece/guide


Developing Learning Environments for Preschool Children

•    Curriculum and Assessment for Preschool Classrooms

•    http://www.state.nj.us/education/ece/curriculum/curriculum.htm

•    http://www.state.nj.us/education/ece/curriculum/iep

•    http://www.state.nj.us/education/ece/curriculum/assessment.htm

•    Classroom Checkups 

•    http://www.state.nj.us/education/ece/checkups/ps.htm

•    Improving Outcomes for Preschool Children with Disabilities

•    http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/info/spp/

•    Preschool Outcome Parent Information Sheet

•    http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/assets/pdfs/Child_Outcomes_handout.pdf


Social Emotional Development in Preschool


•    Center on the Social Emotional Foundation for Learning   

•    http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu

•    Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention  

•    http://challengingbehavior.org


Language Arts Literacy in Preschool

•    Reading Rockets                                                                 

•    www.readingrockets.com

•    Colorin Colorado

•    www.colorincolorado.org

•    Reading in Fundamental 

•    Washington Learning Systems 

•    Get Ready to Read

•    www.getreadytoread.org


Mathematics in Preschool


•    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

•    Early Childhood Corner   

•    http://www.nctm.org/

•    National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

•    http://nectac.org/topics/atech/atech.asp

•    National Association of Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

•    http://www.naeyc.org/dap


Transition to Adulthood

•    New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education 

•    NICHCY National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

•    http://nichcy.org/schoolage/transitionadult

•    OSERS Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities

•    http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/ycc/index.html




•    US Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

•    http://iacc.hhs.gov/publications-analysis/july2012/index.shtml

•    National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders 

•    Guidelines for Identification and Education of Children and Youth with Autism - CT DOE 

•    National Standards Project- National Autism Center

•    http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/

•    CDC - Center for Disease Control and Prevention

•    http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html


Hearing Loss or Deaf-Blindness

•    New Jersey State DOE Resources for Students with Hearing Loss or Deaf-Blindness

•    Center for Sensory and Complex Disabilities: Research and Training (CSCD) The College of New Jersey

•    New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

•    CDC Fact Sheet for School Professionals - Concussion - Returning to School

•    http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/TBI_Returning_to_School-a.pdf

•    NJDOE Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury Model Policy and Updates

•    http://www.nj.gov/education/aps/cccs/chpe/concussions/

•    Brainline - Ohio University TBI Identification

•    http://www.brainline.org/content/2013/08/new-tbi-screening-tool.html

•    Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC - MS)

•    http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/centers/brain-injury-research-center-of-mount-sinai/resources/technical-assistance/brain-injury-screening

•    Colorado - TBI Networking Team Resources & Screening Tool

•    http://cokidswithbraininjury.com/

•    http://cokidswithbraininjury.com/ckwbi/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Brain-Check-Survey-Tool-2013.pdf

•    Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ)

•    http://bianj.org/

•    The National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury (NRCTBI)

•    http://www.tbinrc.com/

•    Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)

•    http://cbirt.org/

•    CBIRT's interventions and strategies

•    http://cbirt.org/tbi-education/instruction-strategies/

•    Rutgers online course about brain injury

•    https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=53688

•    CDC - Center for Disease Control and Prevention TBI

•    http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/


Intellectual Disabilities- Educational Resources


•    NICHCY National Dissemination Center for children with Disabilities 

•    American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (listing of National Resources)

•    http://www.aaidd.org/

•    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

•    http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/default.aspx

•    Council for Exceptional Children 

Mental Health

•    Families for Depression Awareness

•    http://www.familyaware.org

•    Support for Teens and Young Adults

•    http://www.jerseyvoice.net


Parent and Family Engagement

•    Center for Parent Information and Resources

•    Cerebral Palsy Guide

•    Statewide Technical Assistance And Resources Team (START)

Blind or Visually Impaired

•    American Council of the Blind

•    American Foundation for the Blind

•    American Printing House for the Blind

•    Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

•    Bookshare

•    DAISY Consortium (Digital Accessible Information System)

•    Learning Ally

•    Lighthouse Guild International

•    National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

•    National Council of State Agencies for the Blind

•    National Federation of the Blind

•    National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC/NIMAS)

•    New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

•    New Jersey Consortium on Deaf- blindness (Center for Sensory and Complex Disabilities at TCNJ)

•    New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center