Parents of Special People, Inc.
Parents of Special People was formed in April 2004 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 special education. 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 organization offers information about state and federal laws that govern special education and helps to explain the procedural safeguards available to ensure the rights of children with disabilities.
Because the group strongly encourages family involvement in a child’s school and PTO, the monthly meetings are scheduled around school events whenever possible. PoSP provides both a daytime and an evening meeting at the Aberdeen Municipal Building in the Conference Room. The daytime meeting is a review of the evening business meeting and focuses mainly on support; no voting will be conducted at the daytime meeting.
Each meeting starts with the adoption of the previous meeting’s minutes, treasurer's report, updates from committee chairs regarding on going projects, new business, a round table discussion on a selected topic and then support. Support meetings are designed to be a forum for sharing issues and concerns. No minutes are taken during support sessions and all participants must agree that the discussions are completely confidential. Workshop meetings have speakers from various organizations and professions.
PoSP has an Executive Board, by – laws and committees. Each May, PoSP organizes a "Personal Best Week" in the schools and community to celebrate the achievements of our students, highlight the accomplishments of our dedicated staff and recognize the community's commitment to providing education and support to families with special needs. Each June, the group meets to review the bylaws and nominate officers, liaisons and committee chairs for election in July. Every August, the group meets to organize special education orientations in the district schools, put together information for our tables for the district’s “Back to School Nights” and schedule speakers and workshops for the coming school year.
PoSP is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and we receive no public funds. We rely solely on donations and fund raising. Our fund raising efforts focus on community based special needs concerns within Matawan Borough, Aberdeen Township and the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District.