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The Jewish Abilities Alliance JAA Your Way Library contains an archive of some of the valuable workshops, materials, and educational opportunities available through the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey. Click on the topics below, subscribe to our podcasts, or scroll down to browse the presentations!

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Join Rabbi Nogah Marshall, Educational Director, and Nicole Landau, Inclusion Taskforce Chair, of Congregation Beth El Voorhees on the Importance of Inclusion in the Synagogue: A Family Perspective as part of the latest edition of JAA Your Way with Jen Arey.

From Child to Adult: Navigating the Legal Transition as Your Child Turns 18

Tony Serra, Esq., Serra Law Group

Guardianships are a powerful tool that many children with special needs may require when they become an adult, but should be implemented only when other, less restrictive, approaches to surrogate decision making are not appropriate. Join us to learn what your options are and how they, combined with Special Needs Trusts, can protect your child as they transition into adulthood.

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Introduction to ABA Therapy

Jessica St. Petery, Behavior Consultant, and Kristina Peterson, Educational Consultant, Interactive Kids

Learn what ABA therapy is and the various ways it can improve your child’s life. Special attention will be paid to the importance of developing schedules and routines and how to apply them at home, school, and in the community.

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Falling Off a Cliff

Denver Leigh, Director of Educational Services, Advo-Kids: Center for Education and Collaboration

What they don't tell you about transition planning and how you can protect your child's future.

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The Puberty Effect: What to Expect for Your Child with Autism

Tracy Kettering, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Lisa Alberts, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC, Bancroft

Puberty can be an extremely challenging time for children with autism spectrum disorder. We will discuss what parents can expect from a behavioral and developmental perspective, and look at strategies for dealing with this important developmental milestone.

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 Re-thinking Education

Rob DiMedio & Michelle Blasberg, Fusion Academy Private School

Join us as we discuss why some schools have the same model and ideals that they did 100 years ago and what it would look like if education included more personalization and creativity. Traditional school is not for every student and we will explore how customized learning enhances student engagement and performance.

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Transition from School to Employment

Lauren Goldner, The Occupational Training Center

The next step after high school isn’t one-size-fits-all, and that’s especially true for individuals with disabilities seeking employment. They want to work but often there are barriers preventing this. We will discuss how DVRS, DDD, and area providers all work together to help people of all abilities lead meaningful, purposeful lives through employment.  

Protecting Your Loved Ones Through Special Needs Planning

Dana Bookbinder, Esq., Bookbinder Law, LLC

Nationally certified elder & disability attorney Dana Bookbinder reviews the legal tools every parent of a child with special needs should consider to protect their beneficiary. Learn about the types of special needs trusts, what assets to use to fund them, and how to administer them. Powers of Attorney, guardianship, and public benefits eligibility rules are addressed.


 ABCs of IEPs

Diana Sever, Esq, The Special Education Team at Posternock Apell, PC

IEP. 504. LRE. FAPE. CST. And we are not talking alphabet soup. What do these mean and what do they have to do with my child’s special education needs? This seminar is designed to assist in translating and understanding the basics of special education law in NJ.