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POSTPONED TO FALL 2020


Here is an event you will not want to miss! And it is FREE.

Advocating for EFFECTIVE Services: Connecting the Dots

Featuring Dr. Bobbie Gallagher, the parent force behind the Autism Cares Act

CONFERENCE • RESOURCE EXPO • JOB FAIR

DATE: Saturday, April 4, 2020
TIME:
8:30AM - 12:30PM

LOCATION: Annunciation Center at the College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Rd. Morristown, NJ 07960


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This half-day conference and expo is designed to empower parents, educators and support staff to secure the best outcomes for their children and students. The event is free of charge, with a suggested donation of $15 per ticket.

NEW for 2020:

  • Extended Vendor Sessions

  • Job Fair for educators, therapists and other professionals

  • Listening Tour - Paul Aronsohn, Ombudsman for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families, will meet with and hear from parents about their experiences with the system, challenges, victories, and needs



Are you interested in being a VENDOR at our RESOURCE EXPO?

Go to https://alliancevendor2020.eventbrite.com



Conference Schedule:

8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast/Resource Expo/Job Fair

9:30 a.m.

Welcome

  • Tom Celli, Board Member, The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey

  • Margaret Hefferley Chair Person, Region 1 Family Support Planning Council

  • Dr. Joseph Ciccone, Director of Education Programs, The College of Saint Elizabeth

  • Joanne DeSimone, Alliance Outreach Coordinator, and parent

9:45 a.m.

Presentation of Scholarships


10:00 a.m.

Keynote: Changing Public Policy: How Parents Can Make A Difference

Dr. Bobbie Gallagher, PhD, BCBA-D, is an author, advocate, and parent of three adult children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. She is active in efforts leading to national legislation such as the Autism ASSURE Act and the Autism CARES Act and has been honored in Washington, DC, with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, for her advocacy. She is the author of “A Brick Wall: How a Boy with No Words Spoke to the World.” She is an established national-level public speaker on topics involving autism, developmental disabilities, and sexuality for individuals with disabilities.

10:45 a.m.

Wisdom, Advice and Strategies from Three Successful Parent Advocates


Don't Make These Mistakes: Strategies for Getting the Special Education Services Your Child Needs
Carolyn Hayer, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, and parent

Thinking Outside the Box: Transition Planning for Housing, Jobs and Community Services
Lisa Parles, Esq., special needs attorney, and parent

I Need HELP: Getting Respite Care, Camp and other Family Support Services
Hazeline Pilgrim, MSW - Executive Director, Family Support Organization of Essex County

12:00 noon
Resource Expo, Job Fair and Advocacy Listening Session

Vendor Expo – guests meet with school leaders, camps, attorneys, financial planners, government agencies, nonprofits, and other providers of services to those with disabilities.

12:30 p.m.
Raffle Drawing
Win a Chromebook, gift card or other prizes.



Conference Speakers

Joanne De Simone
The mother of two sons with disabilities, Joanne is the Outreach Coordinator at The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey. Her older son has a rare brain malformation causing spastic quad cerebral palsy, doesn’t walk, talk, or use his hands. He has a seizure disorder and uses a feeding tube for supplemental nutrition. Her younger son is on the autistic spectrum. She is a blogger at Special-EducationMom.com, a former special educator and recently completed a memoir about how the struggle to balance her son’s medical and educational challenges drove her to reconnect to the lessons she learned as a modern dancer.

Dr. Bobbie Gallagher
The mother of three adult children, of which two are on the autism spectrum, Bobbie is active in efforts leading to national legislation such as the Autism ASSURE Act and the Autism CARES Act and has been honored in Washington, DC, with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, for her advocacy. She is the author of “A Brick Wall: How a Boy with No Words Spoke to the World.” Currently the Director of Clinical Training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she received her PhD in ABA, Bobbie has worked with individuals with autism and other disabilities for over 20 years, opening her private practice 10 years ago. She is an established national-level public speaker on topics involving autism, developmental disabilities, and sexuality for individuals with disabilities.

Carolyn Hayer
The mother of an adult son with autism, Carolyn has served as the Director of Parent and Professional Development at SPAN Parent Advocacy Network for 20 years.

Lisa McCauley Parles, Esq.
The mother of an adult son with significant disabilities, Lisa is a partner in the law firm of Parles Rekem, LLP where she represents individuals with disabilities and their families in the areas of early intervention, special education, transition and adult services, residential placements, reasonable accommodations, insurance coverage and guardianships. She is a founder of the Quest Autism Foundation and the Special Quest Recreation Program. In addition, she is an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department at Seton Hall University. A frequent lecturer, she has appeared in a number of broadcasts, including Nightline and World News Tonight. Lisa helped lead the fight for greater flexibility in Medicaid funding to allow adults with disabilities to live and work in community settings of their choice.

Lisa von Pier
The mother of a son with disabilities, Lisa has dedicated her career to public service. She has served in the NJ Department of Children and Families (formerly Division of Youth and Family Service) for more than 15 years, in many roles, including Deputy Director and Assistant Commissioner. She holds a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies/Counseling from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is leading the effort at Children’s System of Care to effectively serve children and youth with disabilities through family support and appropriate crisis response.

Hazeline Pilgrim, MSW
An advocate and educator, Hazeline is the Executive Director of Family Support Organization of Essex County, a family-centered, family-driven non-profit organization. A graduate of College of the Holy Cross and Boston College School of Social Work, she leads the Essex FSO in providing peer support, education and advocacy for parents and caregivers of children who have emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

NOTE: Speakers are subject to change.




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