For more details about any COSAC event, call COSAC at 1-800-4-AUTISM (in NJ), 609-883-8100 or e-mail [email protected].

COSAC-sponsored support groups are held monthly throughout the state. Visit our Support Group page for dates and locations.
Gardianship and Estate Planning
Wills, Trusts, Social Security, Medicaid…
Planning for the future for your child with Autism can be complicated. Should you have bonds and savings accounts in your child’s name? Who should you designate as guardians for your child(ren)? When should you begin this process? This seminar will help you to understand the issues surrounding your decisions when planning for the future.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Parsippany Troy Hills Branch Library
Parsippany, NJ
Morris County

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex
Hillsborough , NJ
Somerset County

Thursday, October 19,2006
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Ocean County Library, Stafford Branch
Manahawkin, NJ
Ocean County
IEP Clinics for Professionals

This clinic will give professionals the opportunity to learn the components of an IEP as specified by the New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 6A:14 and how to evaluate your student’s IEPs. We will also discuss strategies to increase collaboration between IEP team members. This workshop is eligible for DOE Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Refreshments will be served!

IEP Clinics for Parents

These free clinics will give parents the opportunity to learn the components of an IEP as specified by the New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 6A:14 and how to evaluate your child’s IEP. Each evening will begin with COSAC staff presenting an overview of the IEP components and answering general IEP questions. After gaining a general foundation, you will then have the opportunity to gather in groups (each group will consist of a COSAC staff member and several other parents) to ask specific questions relating to your child’s IEP. Please be sure to bring a copy of your child’s IEP and a list of questions! Refreshments will be served.

Note:  The parent IEP Clinics are currently full.  Please click on link below if you would like to have your name added to our wait list.  

Workshop:  Overview of New Jersey’s Adult Services

These workshops offer an overview of what adult services are available and how to obtain them.  The Division of Developmental Disabilities and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services offered to adults with developmental disabilities will be discussed.  Presented by: Leslie Long, Director of Adult Resources, COSAC and Herb Hinkle, ESQ.

September 28, 2006
6:30 – 8:30pm
Eden W.E.R.C.s
Mercer County

Parent Series on Behavioral Teaching and Educational Rights

The Parent Series is a FREE 18-hour course that focuses on teaching a behavioral approach to parenting. Series topics include how to assess and change behavior, teach new skills, and track progress. A special session is devoted to helping parents understand their child’s educational rights in the public school system.  

For more information, contact [email protected].

Essex County Parent Series
When: October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2006
Where: The Children’s Institute, 1 Sunset Ave., Verona, NJ  07044
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information, please contact Barbara Wells at [email protected] or (609) 883-8100 x 45.

Spanish Autism Series / Series de Autismo en Español
Practical Strategies for Changing Behavior in the Home / Estrategias Prácticas para Cambiar Conductas en Casa

Transition Planning Workshops — Check back for dates

Transition planning for children aged 14 and over is an integral part of preparing your young adult to be independent after leaving the school setting. Transition activities include instruction in independent living and job skills, vocational training and community-based activities. This is the time to collaborate with your district to plan for your child’s life after school. Federal and state law requires that school districts deliver transitional services to children during their teenage years.  These seminars will inform you of what an IEP should include when planning for transition and who is involved in the process. Content is geared toward parents of children aged 12 to 21.