Talk: Services on Quality Improvement through the Division of Developmental Disabilities

Posted By: Post 21 Club on October 16, 3:41 PM

Bergen County Family Support Group in association with Neighbours-Inc. & Post 21 Club presents:

Services on Quality Improvement through the Division of Developmental Disabilities

Speaker: Heather Ciociola
Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017
When: From 6:30 to 8:30PM
Where: Bergen County Special Services Admin. Bldg. 540 Farview Ave Paramus, NJ 07652
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Quality Improvement at DDD: Attendees will learn about the Quality Improvement initiatives currently underway at the Division of Developmental Disabilities. We will review the Division’s Quality Measurement Framework, an example of how the framework is being applied to DDD initiatives, and other areas being explored for Quality Improvement, with the goal of improving the quality of services and supports.

Heather Ciociola
Heather Ciociola, MSW, is the Director of Quality Improvement for the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. Heather earned a BA in History from Vassar College and an MSW in Management and Policy from Rutgers University, and completed her Interdisciplinary Traineeship at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. In 2016, she served as National Association of Social Workers-NJ Mercer/Burlington Unit Chair and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities at the Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Prior to completing her MSW, Heather built her career in the corporate sector, with particular expertise in the development of communication strategies and the use of metrics and data for improved business results.

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PROFECTUM CONFERENCE OCT. 25,26 Hilton Newark Penn Station, Newark, New Jersey

Posted By: Post 21 Club on September 27, 8:03 PM

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“REPEAL AND REPLACE” down but not out! Graham/Cassidy Repeal And Replace Bill a nail-biter

Posted By: Post 21 Club on September 27, 7:58 PM

After numerous failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans are again trying yet one more time, prior to a Sept. 30, 2017 deadline that will make it virtually impossible to so from a legislative standpoint. Pertinent to the US Autism and other affected populations are the near-assured loss of pre-existing conditions protection and guarantees provided under Obamacare, as well as the sizable rollbacks of Medicare funding over the coming years. While the proposed bill’s sponsors claim that nothing is lost on the Federal level, when healthcare responsibility is shifted over to the States, that is where the cuts will assuredly happen. Concerned citizens should contact their elected representatives and express their verifiable concerns.

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United Way of Bergen County Airmount Woods

Posted By: Post 21 Club on September 19, 3:56 PM

Airmount Woods is a special needs housing development designed specifically to address the shortage of residential housing opportunities for individuals with autism. It is the country’s first publicly funded and purpose built special needs housing for individuals with autism. The BCUW/Madeline Partnership, Ramsey Housing Inc. and Virgona + Virgona Architects constructed two state of the art homes for eight young adult males. 24/7 staffing is provided by New Horizons for Autism, a service provider with over 30 years of experience in the field.

Airmount Woods

All units are handicap accessible and contain features to assist in the daily lifestyle of persons with autism including accommodation for staffing, durable finishes and the latest in green technologies.

The 1.3 acre site located on Airmount Avenue in Ramsey is a bucolic setting that will provide passive recreational space as well as added safety and security. The homes will be ready for occupancy in March.

Funding for the project combines investments from the NJHMFA Special Needs Trust, the Borough of Ramsey Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the Bergen County Division of Community Development HOME and CDBG programs.

July 18, 2017: “Repeal and Replace” defeated.

Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 23, 2:27 PM

The Republican-controlled Congress failed to accomplish their long-promised “repeal and replace” rollback of “Obamacare”. Although skyrocketing premiums, deductibles, and other troublesome trends continue to worsen, the nation’s Congressional lawmakers are now obligated to cooperate and creatively strive to repair and overhaul the existing legislation, without leaving tens of millions of vulnerable Americans without life-sustaining Medicaid coverage. Such improvements will have to be accomplished despite continuing distractions generated by the Executive branch.

Post 21 Club General Meetings

Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 23, 1:25 PM

Post 21 Club will be having semi-annual get-togethers of our entire general membership!


Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 23, 1:21 PM

August 14, 2017 by Post 21 Club

Here come more Cookoffs! Bon appetit...!

Post 21 Club is re-starting the world's most tasteful fundraising activities beginning Springtime, 2018. Our planned venue is La Promenade in Tenafly, New Jersey, where we have held previous successfull competitive “Cook-offs”. As can be seen throughout our Website, the Post 21 Club creates Program and Service choices for individuals with Autism, through collaboration and funding contributions. Sponsors and donors are at ease knowing that their contributions are going to an innovative, responsible parent group that is a registered 501(c)(3), whose adult children have Autism, with a great track record of Pilot Program creation for Bergen County dating back to 2008.

We can use your help- reach out to us at

We will post updates as we make progress...stay tuned!

-Post 21 Club 2017

Easter Seals was allowed back into the State’s Administration system

Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 22, 8:57 PM

Easter Seals was allowed back into the State’s Administration system because their replacement, Public Partnerships, was unable to fully discharge the strenuous duties that they assumed when the State contract was awarded to them months ago. Details are sketchy at this time and will continue to monitor and report on the situation.

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Employing Individuals on the Spectrum

Posted By: Post 21 Club on July 25, 2:17 PM

April 19th, 2017
Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Instructor of Pediatrics, (Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities), spoke on the employment of individuals on the Spectrum.
An Event hosted by Ryan Roy, Autism Advocate. Ms. Gilbride graduated from Indiana University School of Law and is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She has been an Interfaith Chaplin Intern at Overlook Medical Center and is now a member of its bioethics committee representing the interests of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Gilbride serves on a national committee, Educating Hospital and Hospice Providers on Healthcare Decision-making for People with Disabilities, the national board of directors for APSE: The Association of Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst, and the New Jersey board of directors for the state’s chapter. Prior to joining The Boggs Center, Ms. Gilbride worked as an Administrator, Research Associate, and Project Coordinator at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) where she provided direct technical assistance on topics such as program evaluation, strategic planning, staff development, and issue-specific workshops and group facilitation to schools, provider organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, family groups, and advocacy organizations.
In addition to her responsibilities at IIDC, Ms. Gilbride has held positions as Job Coach, Program Manager, Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director. She is also a regular presenter at national conferences.

Work Address:
The Boggs Center
Liberty Plaza, 335 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-2109
FAX: 732-235-9330

Informative Seminar On the Joydew Strengths Assessment

Posted By: Post 21 Club on July 25, 2:16 PM

On May 24, 2017, from 6:30 pm 8:30 pm, Moish Tov and Marybeth Burtt of Joydew, LLC presented an informative seminar on the Joydew Strengths Assessment, or “S.A.” The S.A. stands in stark contrast to the current over-riding mentality of what people with Autism CAN’T do, in seeking to uncover what they CAN do. The S.A. is very much rooted in the D.I.R. methodology and philosophy pioneered by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan of Washington University. Dr. Greenspan explored a number of categorized areas in which hidden skills could be sought. To the typical “lay-person” in Bergen County, D.I.R. may be thought of as “truly person-centered” programming for people with Autism. For example, what an individual may be very adept at may not be what he or she prefers to do as an occupation.

In addition to Strengths Assessment, the Joydew team also pursues “Total Communication”, acknowledging that people with Autism have varying modalities in which they are able (and also in which they prefer to) communicate.

The Seminar attracted 25 attendees, some of whom signed up for and underwent the Strengths Assessment with Joydew.