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
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 MISSION STATEMENT
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.
PARENTS OF SPECIAL PEOPLE, INC.
- 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).
WHAT WE OFFER
- 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
- 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.
Meetings will generally be conducted in the following format.
Support meetings are
designed to provide a platform for sharing issues or concerns.
Workshop meetings have
speakers from various organizations and professions.