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Posted: 12/01/2014 - 18:59



Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids who don’t always get A’s,
The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers,
And noses that go on for days…
Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids they call crazy or dumb,
The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit,
Who dance to a different drum…
Here’s to theThe kids with the mischievous streak,
For when they have grown, as history’s shown,
It’s the difference that makes them unique

Posted: 12/01/2014 - 18:02

ASCF's Family Holiday Brunch


Our annual Family Holiday Brunch for children with special needs and their families will be on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 10:00amto 1:00pm. It will be at Camp Hope1792 Union Valley Road, West Milford.


Join us for games, crafts, food, friends, SANTA, and fun, fun, fun!! 


Please bring one of the following food items to share: Hard Boiled Eggs, Coffee Cake, Bagels/Rolls, Muffins, Raisin Bread, Cereal (Individual Boxes), Fresh Fruit, Holiday Cakes or Cookies, Eggnog, Juice, Water (bottles), Candy Canes, Instant Oatmeal Packets, Maple Syrup, Butter, Cream Cheese, Jelly, or Other (Your Specialty)


Call ASCF at 973-728-8744 to reserve your family's spot!!!


Bring a wrapped gift for each child you are bringing labeled with his/her first and last name. Suggested value of the gift is not to exceed $10.00. Limited seating available. Please RSVP by November 29th, 2014. Santa is looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 08/02/2014 - 23:36

Recently our very own Sharon Patterson has featured in the National Parent Technical Assistance Center Outcome Data Press Release.


Click Here to read it.









Posted: 05/04/2014 - 20:38
Are you prepared for your IEP or school meeting to discuss your 
Five Tips To Remember: 
1) Decisions are based on data, not personal opinion. Review your 
child's school records—including your child’s three-year 
evaluation report, current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 
discipline reports, progress reports, and report cards. These 
provide important information that will help you make decisions 
about your child's education. 
2) Check out the written meeting notice you received. Does it 
tell you who will be there and why you are meeting? If your child 
will participate, for how long and is he or she prepared? 
3) Have a written list of your priorities and concerns. Have them 
put on the agenda if you would like. 
4) If you want to discuss a problem at the IEP meeting, define 
the issue clearly in your own mind. Bring ideas for solutions and 
be willing to listen to the ideas of others. Avoid blame and focus 
on ways to solve the problem. 
5) Finally, keep in mind that teamwork creates better outcomes 
for children. You are the expert on your child. The school has 
expertise in education. Together, you can help your child succeed 
in school. 

Posted: 07/24/2013 - 13:13

Back to School Tips

Some simple ways you can help your child now that school has started.

1. Decide on a plan for after-school activities, but don't over schedule them.  Make sure there is adequate time for homework, free play, clubs, sports, practice and just looking at the clouds and daydreaming. Let kids be kids!

2. Cut back on TV time that just keeps the kids occupied. Consider establishing a family reading time in which you and older siblings read to the younger ones.

3.  Set a bed time and routine for school nights that gives your child adequate rest but that also works for you. If you are having difficulty getting the kids to sleep, give ASCF a call for some assistance.

4. Mark each family member’s activities on a large calendar using different colored pens.

5.  Update phone numbers of your workplace, doctors, and other listings for the school office, after-school program and one or two neighbors.

6. If you transport your child, consider setting up a car pool and work out a schedule of who can drive kids when. Have a backup plan if you can't drive on your day.

7.If transportation is a related service in your child's IEP and it's not working, contact ASCF for guidance. 

8. Set up a study space for your child with needed supplies i.e. pens, pencils.  The child's bed may not be best place to do homework or study.

9. Have a file for school papers and notices in it so you don’t misplace them.

10. Set up a binder for your child's reports, IEP, and other records so you will be more organized for meetings and school contacts.  ASCF has created a great workshop to organize your records.  Call to get on the list for the next training.

 11. Get children in the habit of getting ready the night before school. Set out clothes, pack lunch and put the backpack by the front door.

12. Show your child you are interested in his education by attending as many meetings and activities as you can.



Please take a moment to complete the 2014 Family Needs Assessment survey. 

Thank you.

The survey can be filled out and emailed by selecting the document file

Click Here

You can also print the survey and mail it to


POB 494, Hewitt,

N J 07421

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Community Involvement

Ways Others can Show Respect for Your Child                                 

Your child may see different health and educational specialists.  Here are some reminders on how they should treat your child with respect.

1. Make eye contact with the child and speak directly to him or her.

2. Include the child in the conversation as much as possible. If you are speaking about the child to another in front of the child, don't ignore the child.

3. Don't treat the child with a disability differently than anyone else. Don't ask questions you wouldn't ask a child without a disability unless it's necessary to treat the child's problems.

4. If the child has a hearing difficulty, get the child's attention first with a tap on the shoulder or a wave.

5. If the child has a speech difficulty, the person should speak normally and not interrupt or pretend to understand. They should be considerate of the extra time it might take for the child to say or do things.

6. If the child has visual difficulty, the person should speak to your child before touching him or her. When they offer to help, the child should take his or her arm and be guided, not pushed around.

7. Use person-first language that is respectful and puts the child first.

Don't get angry with others who may not be aware of how to interact with children with disabilities. ASCF has a handout with more suggestions that inform them about how to act.


The Marlin Art Auction, the Tricky Tray and the Golf Outings were great successes in helping us raise funds for our children's programs.  We appreciate all who helped make these events fun and profitable.  We could not to it without the volunteers who worked so hard and our supporters who donated items and attended.  Thank you all.