The 2021 annual Program Leadership Conference was again held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, December 4, 2021.  There were 6 different sessions to choose from including a Zumba warm-up!  Some are available to view below as well as PDF files of the presentations.

Maximizing Supports through the Transition Years Age 14-21
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SONJ Return to Activity Review – Winter/Spring Seasons
Here is your chance to catch up on the Special Olympics New Jersey Return to Activity Guidelines for winter and spring sports! Open to athletes, families and volunteers.  See the latest information.


Maximizing Supports through the Transition Years Age 14-21
Presenter: Maria Fischer, Hinkle, Prior & Fischer
As educational entitlements- and the funding that goes with them – come to an end, many young adults continue to need services and support. In this 1-hour workshop, participants will learn strategies to preserve special education services through age 21; services and entitlements for young adults through DDD. Guardianship and other decision-making options will also be discussed.


Faces of SONJ: What is it and how can I get involved?
The Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) Marketing and Communications team will show everyone the different ways they cover events, including photos, videos, stories, and more. From the volunteer photographers, to video recordings of the action, as well as interviews. We’ll show what is done with the footage and how you can view it. We will also show you ways to share your story, and how that may get used as well. SONJ doesn’t just want to show the sports results, we want to show the people who make it great.  PDF Presentation


New Jersey Office of Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and their Families
Presenter: Paul Aronsohn
The Office of the Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families was established by the State Legislature in December 2017 to serve individuals and their families – to help make sure that they get the services and supports they need and deserve. The office assists individuals and families to navigate New Jersey’s system of care to get the services and supports they need and deserve. Learn more about how their services can support you and your families!


Young Athletes: School and Community Programming
This session will feature an introduction on what Young Athletes Program looks like at various levels. We will go through programming through the schools, community, and home programs and how they differ. Schools will discuss how Young Athletes Program is implemented in the school setting during the day by their teachers. Community and home programming will discuss how to get started developing a program in your local area and from the comfort of your home. We will also be discussing the importance of gross motor development throughout the ages of 2-7.  PDF Presentation

One comment on “2021 Virtual Program Leadership Conference”

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    Karen on February 2, 2022

    Good luck 2 team nj

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