This episode features an interview with Laura Tiefenthaler, Senior Support Coordinator for KISS.
Joyce Salzberg is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sunny Days Early Childhood Development Services.Ms. Salzberg has over 40 years of experience in the fields of healthcare and developmental disabilities, and she is the longest-serving member of New Jersey's State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and is currently the Acting Chair.
Ms. Salzberg co-founded Sunny Days in 1994 and is jointly responsible for overseeing all operations of the agency. Prior to co-founding Sunny Days, she held a variety of positions in the field of developmental disabilities, including Associate Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, in which she oversaw its early intervention programs. Ms. Salzberg has been an SICC member since 1998 and has chaired several sub-committees. In addition, she has served on numerous charitable boards, oversight committees and industry advocacy groups. She holds a BA and MSW from Temple University, where she has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus and was inducted into the Gallery of Success in 2011. Ms. Salzberg was also inducted into Temple University's Hall of Fame of Women Entrepreneurs in 2013.
This episode features an interview with Justine Brancato, Co-Owner and Support Coordinator Supervisor of NJ Support Services.
This episode features an interview with Karl Venescar, CEO of Aspire Supports.
This episode of Sharing Perspectives features an interview with Sarah White, the parent of a child who is currently receiving services through Early Intervention.
Our newest episode features an interview with Kathleen Hinnigan-Cohen, Chief Operating Officer at The Arc of Essex County. During this interview, we discuss the barriers that prevent families from accessing EI services, and the effect it has on a child's future. Kathy also walks us through some of the major changes in EI's history, including the transition from center-based to in-home services. The New Jersey State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) has a unique role in the New Jersey Early Intervention system. Kathy explains how the committee functions, and tells us about her recent appointment to the council.
Our third episode of Sharing Perspectives features an interview with Janice Rudnick, a Child Development Specialist with The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties. In this episode, we discuss the qualifications of practitioners, types of services available for EI, and ways to create a more seamless transition at age 3. The listener has the opportunity to hear about creating Individualized Family Service Plans and the importance of family members, from a practitioner's point of view.
In our second episode of Sharing Perspectives, we interviewed Eileen Mastricova, Senior Director of Children's Services for The Arc of Union County. Eileen walked us through the steps of an evaluation and talked about how children receiving Early Intervention have responded to services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eileen discussed the benefits of EI for family structure and siblings and recommended ways to create a smooth transition when a child turns three. With her ten years of experience at The Arc of Union County, Eileen also shared how EI has evolved to where it is today.
In today's podcast we speak with Spectrum Care Management and Counseling.
In today's podcast we speak with Ability Advocates Of New Jersey, LLC.
Cheryl Crick speaks with Siobhan Swepso Program Coordinator at Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, also known as Parents Inc.
Parents Inc. is an evidence-based family strengthening program for any family seeking help and support.
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Born and raised in New Jersey, Jessica Listwa is the middle child and a sibling of a sister with cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. Her sister's special needs fueled her passion to help this community and is now a pediatric dentist in the central/northern Jersey area.
She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine/Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. As dental care is extremely difficult for this population, her aim was to be a dentist that can at least help and treat the special needs population in her community.
After discovering the lack of resources and information on oral health for this community, Jessica founded a website (exceptionalsmiles.org) dedicated to helping families and caregivers of someone with special needs navigate oral health and hygiene techniques and issues. Currently, she is getting more involved with the special olympics special smiles campaign in NJ to help the special olympics athletes with their oral health needs.
Louis, an adult sibling who is married with one child, talks with Cheryl Crick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, and discusses what life was like growing up alongside a sister with severe epilepsy.
Adult sibling Christine talks with Cheryl Crick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, and discusses what life was like growing up alongside a sister with a developmental disability.
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Identical twins Kirsten and Kara talk with Cheryl Crick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, and discuss what life was like growing up alongside a younger sister with a developmental disability.
SIBS NJ: www.sibsnj.org
Lisa Ford speaks with Dr. Laurie Appel from FURever As Friends.
FURever As Friends is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization of dedicated volunteers based in Gloucester, Salem, Camden and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey who love to give back to the community with the help of their certified pets. The services that we provide enhance the bond between people and pets in a nurturing environment and are specifically designed to offer unconditional love and pet-assisted therapy to people of all ages in a variety of different settings.
Lisa Ford speaks with Tracy Vargas the founder of Learning For Tomorrow NJ. The organization's goal is to provide learners the opportunity for independence and success. Technology plays a large roll in society today and the possibilities that it offers to learners with various needs is only beginning to be identified. Assistive technology, along with behavioral/social supports can prove to be very impactful skills leading to a fulfilling life of independence.
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Lisa Ford speaks with Mary McGeary, Director of New Jersey's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). SHIP provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance.
To learn more about about the program, visit www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/ship.
Lisa Ford speaks with Kenya Eason Mcmillan, Community Outreach Coordinator at All Metro Healthcare, to learn more about about the program.
For more information, please visit http://www.all-metro.com/.
Lisa Ford speaks with Dan McManmon, President of The College Internship Program (CIP), as he explains how their program assists young adults with learning differences to succeed in college, employment, and independent living.
For more information, visit www.cipworldwide.org.
Lisa Ford speaks with Tara Montague Client & Family Advocacy Manager at Hearts for Home Care to learn more about about the program.
Caring for a loved one can put a strain on even the most resilient person. If you're a caregiver, you must take steps to preserve your own health and well-being. Join Lisa Ford, the Director of The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, as she speaks with Dawn Mitten, a licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and mom of a child with special needs about the importance of caring for yourself.
Lisa Ford speaks with Jaonne Kinzy Director of Disability Services at Camden County Community College to learn more about how Camden County College's Garden State Pathways Program helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve in an college setting.
For more information, visit: www.camdencc.edu/specialsupportprograms/Disability-Services.cfm.