Second Annual Special Needs Symposium

Posted by: Debbie Golden on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:00:00 am

robert-naseef-photoThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting the JCC Second Annual Special Needs Symposium, A Day of Learning for Caregivers and Professionals on Friday, December 9, 2016.  The Symposium will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Naseef.  The day will also include two breakout sessions for additional learning, featuring over 12 workshops with a wide variety of professionals and experts in the field of special needs.  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 always look forward to bringing the Special Needs Symposium to our community. The need for additional support, information and resources for educators and caregivers in the field of special needs is hugely important. We are extremely fortunate and thrilled to have Dr. Robert Naseef as our Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Naseef is a psychologist who has more than 20 years in the field. We know he’ll be a tremendous asset to the Symposium and be a great resource for attendees, as will the rest of our breakout sessions.”  

Dr. Naseef, a psychologist with more than 20 years in the field, is co-founder of Alternative Choices, an independent psychology practice in Philadelphia.  In addition to the Keynote Speaker, there are multiple breakout sessions, featuring topics such as Untangling the Laws of Special Education; To Medicate or Not…That is the Question; Special Children, Challenged Parents, Caring Professionals --  Building Partnerships; and more. A brochure detailing the Symposium, including a complete list of Breakout Session topics and presenters, is available online at or at the JCC (775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ).  A certificate will be available at the end of the Symposium for those seeking Professional Development Hours.  A number of vendors from the field of special needs will be present at the Symposium. Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available.  For additional information, please contact Debbie Golden, JCC Special Projects & Marketing Director, at 908-725-6994 x210;

The Symposium registration fee is $100/person when received by November 23 or $125/person after November 23.  To register, please contact the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201.

The JCC offers a variety of special needs programs including Annual Prom for Adults with Special Needs,  Special Needs Swimming Skills Program, The Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team and Adler Aphasia Center Support Groups.  The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center, JCC Camp Ruach and J-Crew After School Program work with families with children with special needs. The JCC offers adjusted schedules and one-on-one assistance. Jewish Family Service’s Social Club for Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome or Developmental Challenges, a Parent Support Group and Sibling Support Group are also offered.


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