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 info@post21club.org

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 post21club.org 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
Email: margaret.gilbride@rutgers.edu

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.

New Jersey Family Care update- June, 2017

Posted By: Post 21 Club on July 12, 9:49 PM

(By Beverley Roberts, the ARC of NJ)
June 2017: NJ FamilyCare - Important Information
It is important for families and staff to be aware of the necessity of completing the NJ FamilyCare renewal application if it arrives in the mail. The renewal application is mailed to those who already have Medicaid, and it is necessary for it to be completed and mailed back quickly, in order to continue Medicaid benefits. If this renewal application is ignored, the result would be the termination of Medicaid!
Please note that the term "NJ FamilyCare" is the same as "Medicaid." The "Aged, Blind, and Disabled" Medicaid program is one of the Medicaid categories in which many individuals with I/DD receive their Medicaid benefit.
Although a renewal application can be sent out as often as every year (depending upon the county in which one lives), some families may never have received a renewal application for their son/daughter's NJ FamilyCare/ Medicaid, while others may receive a renewal application every year. The NJ FamilyCare/ Medicaid renewal application is sent through the regular mail, at different times in the year, so if a family does not receive it, they should not be concerned.
Please share this information with others who may also be interested.
Thank you!
Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care
The Arc of New Jersey
985 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Direct line: 732.246.2567; T:732.246.2525 x34; F:732.246.2567
broberts@arcnj.org; www.arcnj.org

New Healthcare Law- Senate Vote Delayed

Posted By: Post 21 Club on July 12, 9:48 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stumbles in drive to pass the Senate version of Obamacare “repeal and replace”. If the measure does not pass by July 7, the Nation faces a fork in the road- greater troubles, or alternatively the Republicans will be forced to work with the Democrats across the aisle in creating a truly bi-partisan Health Care Bill.