Spectrum360 Welcomes New Board Members

2017-05-15T08:48:00+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Academy360, CulinaryAcademy360, FilmAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum360, World|Tags: , , |

We’re excited to introduce three of the newest members of the Spectrum360 Board of Directors: Gregg Cuvin, Mark Green and Adam Lipkin. Our new appointees are thrilled to be a part of our all-volunteer board as the organization grows and expands in serving children, young adults, and adults on the spectrum. Please join us in welcoming [...]

Proud Moment for Independence360’s CulinaryAcademy360 Program

2017-05-08T01:02:55+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: CulinaryAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Prepping for Winterfest 2017 What an experience for the budding chefs in our CulinaryAcademy360 program at Independence360! On Saturday, March 12th, they showed off their skills and rubbed elbows with some of the best chefs in NJ...and all for a good cause. As the instructor for the adult classes for CulinaryAcademy360, I arranged for [...]

Parent Night Out/Trivia Night Raises Funds for Spectrum360 Programs

2017-05-08T01:02:55+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , |

Inspired by a few parents who have gone before me in the realm of DIY Fundraising, I set out to plan a fun night out for parents which would simultaneously raise money for Spectrum360.  On Saturday February 11th, Spectrum360 families and friends came together at the Livingston Campus to enjoy a fun night for a great [...]

Your Shoes Were Made for Walking!

2017-05-08T01:02:55+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , |

On your mark, get set GO... save the date! On Sunday, May 7, 2017, the Walk for a Lifetime returns for its 5th year, and we couldn’t be more excited! Registration begins at 10 am sharp, and at noon, we walk! Join us for a fun and uplifting day! Join us in Verona Park, [...]

What’s in a Name? (Why the Title on Your Financial Accounts Matter)

2017-05-08T01:02:55+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Categories: Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

This issue is particularly crucial for parents with special needs children. A name often defines who we are and sometimes, even, who we become. This statement is also true for the name on your financial accounts. One of the biggest myths and misconceptions of estate planning is that a Will controls the disposition of all assets [...]

FREE Spectrum of Options Seminar – 21st Century Safety

2017-05-08T01:02:56+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Categories: Academy360, FilmAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum of Options Seminars, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , |

21st Century Safety for Children and Adults on the Spectrum: Issues and Strategies Characteristics of autism such as communication deficits, unpredictable and challenging behaviors, and tendency to wander make individuals on the autism spectrum especially susceptible to injury. It is essential for families and caregivers to recognize critical safety issues in the home and community and [...]

Free Spectrum of Options Seminar – Loss and Grief

2017-05-08T01:02:56+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Categories: Academy360, FilmAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum of Options Seminars, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , |

Loss and Grief in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Loss is the experience that "someone or something that once was is no more;" grief is the feeling of that loss; and mourning is the expression, private and communal, of that grief. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities loss (sometimes dismissed as "just change") has been a near-constant life companion. This [...]

Creating Community at Spectrum360

2017-05-08T01:02:56+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Categories: Academy360, Independence360, Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Spectrum360 is more than an organization; it is a community. It permeates all that we do. Acting as a community is an integral part of our work, and we continually strive to create a deep sense of belonging and connection for the individuals we serve, their families, our staff, and our supporters. It is this sense of [...]

Spectrum of Options Seminar: Acting as a Social Communication Builder

2017-05-08T01:02:56+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Academy360, FilmAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum360|

Acting as a Social Communication Builder Join us for this free seminar to learn how acting can help individuals with ASD feel more comfortable meeting new people, performing well in job interviews and other social situations. The audience will participate so come planning to have some fun! FilmAcademy360 Program Director David DiIanni will present his strategies [...]

Guardianship Process Made Easier by New Court Rules on September 1st

2017-05-08T01:02:56+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Academy360, FilmAcademy360, Independence360, News, Spectrum360|Tags: , , |

In New Jersey, a child is considered an emancipated person at age 18, regardless of the severity of disability. As a result, parents of special needs children no longer have the legal right to make medical, legal, financial or personal decisions for children over age 18 even if the child is unable to do so him [...]