February 13th, 2021

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Tune into your senses and immerse yourself in the aromas, textures, tastes, colors and intricacies of fine flavor cacao by sampling award-winning craft chocolate bars from all over the world during a couples virtual Gourmet Chocolate Tasting on Saturday, February 13 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. 

Benefiting The Arc of Essex County, Nadine Kerstan, certified Chocolate Sommelier, judge for the International Chocolate Awards and owner of the online boutique, Barometer Chocolate, will guide you through tasting 4 award-winning bean-to-bar chocolates.

You’ll learn about the art of savoring chocolate and increase your enjoyment and knowledge about this “food of the gods” in a 60-minute, delightful and celebratory workshop. Wine and spirit suggestions will be offered for those who care to pair.  To register, complete the form below.  Space is limited.  Gourmet chocolates will be shipped directly to you.

Registration for this event is now closed.

February 17th, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Inclusion in general education classrooms is a civil right. Every student has this right; however, we often breach it with students with disabilities based on outdated notions of what we as adults can and should do to effectively support them. Forty years of research has shown that this is not an effective strategy, yet we continue to place students in more restrictive placements.

In this webinar, we will touch on what inclusive education instructional practices are and how they have been implemented in schools. Inclusive education is a group of practices that structure a classroom and lessons for all students to learn together. An inclusive classroom is a learning environment in which care is taken to ensure that all learners are supported, engaged, and accepted. The instructional practices we implement to include all learners include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Differentiation, and Modifications and Accommodations.
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mediation is a voluntary private meeting where you and the school try to reach an agreement regarding an issue, with the help of a neutral third party called a mediator. The mediator has professional training and isn't on either side. In this presentation, we will discuss the steps of mediation and what to expect in the process.

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February 18th, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us in the second of a two-part series where Nancy Kaser-Boyd, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will discuss how a diagnosed mental disorder should relate to the criminal justice standard of criminal responsibility, or men's rea, as an element of prosecution. She will elaborate on the chapter Criminal Responsibility, authored for the book Representing People with ASD, edited by attorney Elizabeth Kelley.

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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
College can be a great option for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). A growing number of programs offer varied opportunities to learn academic, career, and independent living skills as they prepare for employment. Join The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute as we discuss different programs offered in New Jersey and possible ways to pay for college. Additionally, we will discuss how to write IEP goals for post-secondary options when working with the Child Study Team.
This is an online event. After you register, you will receive the link to join the meeting a few days before the event.
For additional information and to register, click here.