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Road Map for Life after Graduation for Students with Developmental Disabilities
Graduation can be a daunting experience for the non-college bound student with developmental disabilities. Typically, these students are entitled to a free, appropriate education until age 21. As the educational entitlement ends, parents often describe the experience "as falling off a cliff". Parents are left struggling for options to ensure that their son or daughter is not isolated in their home without work or community involvement. The Bernards Township School District and Bethel Ridge, a local provider agency supporting people with special needs, are committed to providing these students and their parents with a lifeline after age 21. Accessing services and navigating governmental agencies can be overwhelming, but there is help out there to smooth the transition.
One of the options available to graduating students is Self-Directed Day Services with funding provided through the Division of Developmental Disabilities. On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 7pm at Ridge High School Media Center, there will be a two-hour interactive training with Neighbours, Inc., an agency contracted by the Division of Developmental Disabilities that will guide parents, students, and professionals, step by step on how to jump start services after graduation. In addition, Bethel Ridge will provide information on how to access services within the community and beyond, which will help pave the road to success.
This Road Map is open to people in surrounding communities and school districts. While the target audience is high school parents, professionals and students, anyone interest in learning how to access services including those people who have long graduated are welcome.
You must register for this event by emailing your name and address to email@example.com. Registration is mandatory to ensure enough materials are available. For more information, please call Bethel Ridge at 908-221-0801.
More About Ridge High School
Ridge High School was one of three New Jersey high schools designated as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in academic achievement.
Ridge High has 1,639 students and maintains a 14.4 student-to-teacher ratio. Fifty percent of students graduate with at least one passing grade in an Advanced Placement class according to a Newsweek report on the top schools in the U.S. Newsweek ranked Ridge as the 177th best school in the nation and third in New Jersey.
Ridge also has a wide variety of after-school sports programs and extracurricular activities—from a competitive football program to one of the state's best high school debate teams.
Other events here
- KAPLAN PSAT CLASS Weekly on Wednesdays,
- Ridge High School Annual Caberet Thu, May 23, 7:00 pm
- Lentz & Lentz PSAT & SAT Prep at Ridge High School Weekly on Tuesdays, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm