Dr. Temple Grandin Keynote Speaker at Special Needs Symposium
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting the JCC Special Needs Symposium, A Day of Learning for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals on Friday, December 11, 2015. The Symposium will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin. The day will also include sessions for additional learning, featuring a wide variety of professionals and experts in the field of autism. The Symposium which runs from 8:30am-3:00pm, will be held at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, New Jersey. The Symposium will include keynote address, two breakout sessions, continental breakfast and lunch.
According to Paige Silberfein, JCC Associate Executive Director, “We are so pleased to bring our Special Needs Symposium to our community, as there is a tremendous need for additional education and support in the field of autism for family members, as well as for educators and caregivers. We are extremely fortunate and thrilled to have Dr. Temple Grandin as our Keynote Speaker. Dr. Grandin is recognized internationally and has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. We know our attendees will greatly benefit from her presentation, as well as from our breakout session presenters.”
In this unique presentation, Dr. Grandin will candidly describe the challenges she has faced and will offer no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Dr. Grandin will share her insights on a wide variety of topics, and offer useful “do’s” and “don’ts”.
A brochure detailing the Symposium, including a complete list of Breakout Session topics and presenters, is available at the JCC or online at ssbjcc.org. A certificate will be available at the end of the Symposium for those seeking Professional Development Hours. Earning Professional Development Hours will be subject to receiving district/supervisor approval. A number of vendors will be present at the Symposium displaying during breakfast and lunch. Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For additional information, please contact Paige Silberfein, JCC Associate Executive Director, at 908-725-6994 x207; PSilberfein@ssbjcc.org.
The Symposium registration fee is $125/person when received by November 6 or $150/person after November 6. To register, please contact the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201.
The JCC is hosting a number of Special Needs Programs including the JCC Rising Tide Swim Team; Special Needs Swimming Skills Program; the Second Annual Prom for Adults with Special Needs on Saturday, November 21; and Special Needs Support Groups offered through Jewish Family Service.
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater. The JCC is a social service agency that serves residents of all ages residing in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, providing fitness, recreational, social, cultural and educational programs for the entire community. The state-of-the-art facility includes an indoor salt based pool, outdoor salt based heated pool with dome enclosure during the off season, gymnasium, fitness center and group fitness studios. New to the JCC is JFitGround, an outdoor adult fitness training facility used for personal and small group training. The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center provides childcare for ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten and the J-Crew After School Program is open to children in Grades K- 6. JCC Camp Ruach is the JCC’s summer day camp for children ages 15 months through 9th Grade. The JCC is home to the Bridgewater Tide Swim Team, Summer Swim Club, and is pleased to host the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team. For additional information, visit the JCC website at ssbjcc.org.
Editor’s Note: Photo Attached of Dr. Temple Grandin
Photo Caption: Dr. Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC’s Symposium for Special Needs, A Day of Learning for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals, on Friday, December 11, 2015. The Symposium -- which will also feature sessions with professionals and educators in the field of autism --will be held at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ. For additional information and to register, contact the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201 or view event brochure at ssbjcc.org. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Temple Grandin)