autism resources fair

 

Autism Resources Fair Keynote Address featuring Dr. Temple Grandin

Saturday, April 17, at 2:00 pm

Through sharing her personal story, Dr. Temple Grandin will provide insight and inspiration for all interested in better understanding, caring for, or working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Professor, author, and autism activist Temple Grandin, Ph.D. has lived a fascinating life, with challenges and successes. We are happy to welcome her as the keynote speaker for Ocean County Library’s 4th Annual Autism Resources Fair.

A “Neighbors Connecting” program made possible in part by an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural grant, sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

 

Recommended Reads

Available Through the OCL Catalog

→ Honor World Autism month this April and all year long by exploring recommended reads for all ages. These titles and many more are available on the Ocean County Library catalog

 

Trivia for Teens

Available Throughout the Month of April

→ Test your trivia skills with these interactive Kahoots based on fun topics like animals, music, movies, and even the Ocean County Library. Challenge your friends throughout the month and see who ends up on the leader board. Each game can be played as many times as you would like.

 

Sensory-Friendly Take & Make Kits

Please Check our Calendar of Events for Date and Locations

→ Sensory-Friendly Take & Make Kits will be available at our Branches beginning in mid-April. Supplies for a desk fidget tool, will be included. Kits are available as supplies last.

 

Navigating the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Service System

Presented by Nkechi Okoli, Senior Coordinator of Transition to 21 Education at the Division of Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 pm

→ This workshop will provide an overview of the intake and eligibility process related to the Supports Program and the Community Care Program operated by Division of Developmental Disabilities. Topics will include the relationship between Medicaid eligibility and program eligibility, available Medicaid Waiver services, and a brief review of the support coordination agency selection process and the role of the support coordinator.

 

Mr. Bobby, Music Therapist

Saturday, April 10, at 10:00 am

→ Bobby Davis is a board-certified music therapist working in the South Jersey area, as well as virtually. He offers individual and group music therapy that provides a fun and interactive musical experience. Over the past year he has developed many strategies and activities to engage with clients online that he looks forward to sharing with you.

 

How to Get a Service Dog

Presented by the Bratnik Family – Canine Companions for Independence

Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 pm

→ Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that trains dogs as service dogs for people with disabilities free of charge. The Bratnik family has been volunteering since 2008 after they received their first skilled companion dog for Kim. The family is on their 5th service puppy in training for the organization. Kim is working with her second service dog Gretel.

Kim holds a BA in Psychology from Kean University where she graduated with honors. She volunteers at the Ocean County Library teaching English Conversation. She is employed by Rainbow Dreams Support Services.

Louise is a retired Dental Assistant and Dennis is a Computer Draftsman for a civil engineering company. The family travels throughout NJ doing presentation free of charge to any organization that would like information on these wonderful dogs.

 

Autism and Divorce: How Courts Address Issues Involving Children with Special Needs

Co-Presented by Judge Lawrence Jones and Joni Jones, Registered Nurse, Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Monday, April 19, at 6:30 pm

→ The process of separation and divorce can become legally complicated when involving parents of children with special needs.  This public educational program is co-presented by a former New Jersey family court judge and a health professional with significant experience in addressing issues regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Topics to be discussed include issues such as parental disputes over diagnosis and intervention, custody, parenting time, support, special expenses, educational issues, and other relevant subjects.

 

Autism, Mental Health, and Cultural Competency Issues

Co-Presented by Judge Lawrence Jones and Joni Jones, Registered Nurse, Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 pm

→ This presentation has been developed to educate participants on the impact that mental health has on both affected individuals and caregivers. Discussion will include potential challenges when individuals expand their social situations such as attending college or entering the workplace. Cultural competency issues involving employers, educators and others who may interface with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and seek a greater understanding of ASD will also be presented. This program is co-presented by a mental health professional and a former New Jersey family court judge with significant experience in addressing issues regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

 View photos from previous Autism Resources Fair below.

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Various VendorsAutism Resources Fair Committee with Freeholder Joe Vicari and Library Director Sue Quinn

 

A “Neighbors Connecting” program made possible in part by an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural grant, sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

The Ocean County Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization established in 2001, to enhance the services and opportunities offered to all Ocean County Library users. We support and believe in the Ocean County Library’s Mission of “Connecting People, Building Community, and Transforming Lives”. The Foundation undertakes a variety of fund-raising and grant – writing activities, using our skills at raising both private and public funds to provide support for non-traditional library programs and services not covered by tax dollars or budget. The Library Foundation is committed toward the goal of enhancing all library services, programs, and facilities to foster an appreciation and awareness of the Ocean County Library in the community.