Parents of Special People, Inc. - A 501(c)3 charity benefiting the special needs community
About Us

Parents of
Special People, Inc.

2015-2016 Executive Board
Lisa Hastry, President
Nicole Updale, Vice President
Taryn Stack, Treasurer
Michele Willcox, Secretary
Melaina Conroy, Development Chair

PARENTS OF SPECIAL PEOPLE, INC. was formed in April of 2004 & incorporated in August of 2008 in an effort to provide a forum for parents and family members to come together and acquire knowledge, support and understanding about the many aspects of disabilities.
The group provides parents a place to obtain an understanding of how various disabilities affect learning and an opportunity to share strategies and experiences in order to improve outcomes for all our children.
The group offers information about the state and federal laws that govern special education and helps to explain the procedural safeguards available to ensure the rights of children with disabilities.
We strongly encourage family involvement in our schools, community & PTO. We train peer mentors in our schools, fund & support many special education programs & leagues, as well as host monthly recreational & inclusive opportunities in our community.
Parents of Special People, Inc. is a parent run 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring each child in the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District, Township of Aberdeen & Borough of Matawan is afforded the opportunity to attain his or her potential to become a contributing citizen.
  • Is committed to addressing the unique needs and issues of special children and their families.   
  • Is an independent entity which receives no public funding. All funds raised by PoSP go directly to fund programs and events for special needs children and their families.
  • Serves as the New Jersey Mandated Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) for the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District as per NJAC 6A:12-1.2(h).
  • Monthly meetings
  • Information and education regarding your rights and           responsibilities in special education
  • Speakers and workshops on various areas of interest
  • Support and sharing of experiences
  • Information on PoSP and community inclusionary programs and events
  • Information on community-based resources and organizations
  • Updates on activities of Matawan Borough,  Aberdeen Township   and the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District
  • Updates on relevant state & federal government
  • Special Education laws and service 

The group meets monthly. The evening meetings are held at the George Hausmann Senior Center located at 30 Noble Place in Aberdeen. The daytime meetings are held at a local coffee shop.  Meeting locations are subject to change. There are two meetings held each month – both an evening meeting and a daytime meeting to accommodate our members’ schedules. Unless otherwise specified, the day meeting will be a support only meeting with a brief review of the evening business meeting topics.
Evening Business Meetings will generally be conducted in the following format.
 Review of Business
 Roundtable Topic
 Support Session
Support meetings are designed to provide a platform for sharing issues or concerns.

Workshop meetings have speakers from various organizations and professions.