• Resources for Parents and Students 

    A Guide to the Special Education Process -- 
    Prepared by a Subcommittee of Morris-Union Jointure Commission Directors of Special Services - To view, click on this link.

    -- Frequently Asked Questions click here.
    -- Glossary/Acronyms click here.

    A Family Guide to Autism - NJ Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities: Autism: Navigating Through the Maze
    Resources for College Search for Students With Learning Differences
    NPHS Counseling Site Guide
    For Information Regarding Early Intervention System (Infants to age 3) click here.

    New Providence Sports Club
    The recreation program for children with special needs in grades K-8 meets Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m in the Municipal Building gymnasium. Click here for the registration form and here for the 2018-2019 Sports Club calendar.
    Union County Recreation Programs for People with Special Needs - Spring 2019 See brochure here.
    The Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs is proud to announce that our 2019 summer opportunities are now available for registration! This year we are offering two opportunities: 
    1. Summer Nature Retreat for Adults
    July 1 - 3, 2019, 9 am - 2 pm, for ages 18-21
    Get outdoors and have fun learning basic survival skills such as shelter making, tracking and fire building. Each day participants will spend time in nature's classroom. Meet live animals, learn to read trail blazes and listen to music around a campfire.

    2. Sensory Friendly Camp for Children & Teens
    August 19 - 23, 2019, 9am - 2 pm
    For ages 12-14 and ages 15-17 (two separate sessions) 
    Spend a week investigating the natural world using your senses of sight, sound, smell and touch.  Experience Trailside’s Sensory Friendly Trail and enjoy learning about the plants and animals that live in the Watchung Reservation, Union County’s largest park.  Develop an appreciation for the natural world through nature walks, hands-on activities, interactive games, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, stories, live animals, a campfire and yoga.  Meet live animals, spend time outside each day and experience all the beauty that nature has to offer.

    Eligibility Requirements for all participants:
    • Have a documented disability
    • May require additional supports, modifications, accommodations to participate and learn.
    • May require prompting or re-direction to stay on-task 
    • Does not engage in threatening or aggressive behaviors.
    • Are able to independently use the toilet
    The Trailside Sensory Summer Camp and Nature Retreat is not appropriate for campers who: 
    • Have a history of fleeing or aggressive/threatening behavior 
    • Require restraints to help stop behaviors
    • Cannot independently use the toilet

    To register, please visit our website at: http://www.ucnj.org/opdsn-reg. Please note: Application does not guarantee entry into the workshop or camp. Initial application will be online followed by an in-person interview prior to acceptance into the program. 

    Local Brain Injury Support Group
    Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Brain Injury Alliance is hosting a Brain Injury Support Group on the third Wednesday of every month starting this April at 7pm. The Support Group will be held at 150 New Providence Rd. in Mountainside. For more information, please see attachment here.

    Siblings Support
    SIBS NJ is part of a growing movement of siblings of individuals with disabilities and special needs who wish to be heard and supported in their roles. Based in New Jersey, this grass roots organization seeks to help siblings across the lifespan in New Jersey’s communities to connect through supportive and informational meetings, sibling panels, events and advocacy efforts. 
    This is a group dedicated to supporting siblings (children, teen, or adults) and making sure they are heard and needs are considered.​ Click on the link to learn more. 

    Contact Us! For more information about SIBS NJ or to join our mailing list please e-mail info.sibsnj@gmail.com

    Special Olympics New Jersey's College Unified Sports Program, Kean University. See flyer.  
    Special Olympics New Jersey
    Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
    Click here for a fact sheet
    For more information, contact Steve Smith, Area Director - Middlesex/Union Counties 
    (908) 591-0607  email: director-area05@sonj.org
    Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus
    Student Support Services
    Student Union Building, Multi-Purpose Room
    1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ
    Kean University
    Social Skills Facilitation Program
    "Making Friends"
    Center for Communication Disorders, East Campus
    Contact Susan Mandel, M.S., CCC-SLP
    (908) 737-5816



Last Modified on April 10, 2019