About

 

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.

 

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.

  • Formed and established the SEPAG (Special Education Parent Advisory Group) for the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District and maintains 2 seats on their Executive Board. 

 

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Monthly meetings

  • Support and sharing of experiences 

  • Information and education regarding your rights and responsibilities in special education

  • Speakers and workshops on various topics of need and interest - both to families and educators

  • Information on 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 and federal government special education laws and services

 

MEETINGS

The group meets monthly. The business meetings are held in the evening 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 monthly business topics.

 

Support meetings are designed to provide a platform for sharing issues or concerns.  Business Meetings will generally be conducted in the following format: 

  •  Review of Business

  •  Roundtable Topic

  •  Support Session

Workshop meetings are hosted by various organizations and professionals who present on areas of need, interest, and concern to our membership and school district.