RIDGEWOOD UNIFIED PROGRAM

THE SQUAD 

  • Extracurricular club for students in High School and the 18-21 program who have reached a degree of independence and would like to improve their social life

  • Events take place twice a month on Fridays and are planned by the District’s Transition Coordinator and club members 

  • An email is sent out to parents ahead of time providing a descriptions of each activity so everyone can prepare and RSVP

  • Some activities include: sampling Ridgewood restaurants, attending RHS games and plays, cooking classes, game nights with other clubs, bowling and arcades

  • If interested, contact Michael Kilcullen, the district's Transition Coordinator, at mkilcullen@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or 201-670-2800 X20570

 

2022 RIDGEWOOD SOCCER ASSOCIATION (RSA)

 

2023 SPECIAL NEEDS ALL-STAR BASKETBALL

  • Ages 3+ eligible

  • Clinics held Sunday mornings in January and February 2023 (most likely 9-10am at Ben Franklin MS)

  • Players receive basketball, official tee shirt and participation trophy

  • Clinics led by certified teachers and assisted by HS and MS volunteer “coaches”, including the RHS Boys Basketball Teams!

  • Register: https://register.communitypass.net/ridgewood/ 

    • Select “Register for an activity” and select “Ridgewood Rec (Biddy) Grades 3-8” from the drop down

    • After selecting the name of the participant (your child), select your child’s grade and select “K-8 Special Needs League - 2023”

    • Verify your email and any special requests for your child - complete payment process and you’re registered

  • Contact: Cara Murray at murrayc@hlcmail.com

 

2023 RIDGEWOOD BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION (RBSA) ALL-STARS PROGRAM

  • Four 90-minute clinics that takes place at Vets field over four weeks in Spring

  • 2023 Tentative Dates and Time:  Sundays - 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14; 10-11:30am; participants also invited to march in RBSA Opening Day Parade, accompanied by high school players.

  • Program designed for children with special needs.  Players age 5 and up are matched with one or more peer volunteers (ages 12 and up) to assist them through baseball/softball stations

  • Players receive t-shirt, baseball hat and a trophy

  • Registration:  www.register.communitypass.net (select "Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association" as your organization; then select the "All-Stars Program-Participant" and click "Register Now!")

  • Contacts:  Kathleen Tavani at kdenicholas@yahoo.com or Mike Kelly at kellymjk@gmail.com

RIDGEWOOD PARKS & RECREATION (THE STABLE)

  • The Village of Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation seeks to make every program all-inclusive while offering accommodations as needed.

  • This includes a myriad of offerings for preschool through middle school in art, science, nature, STEAM, etc. 

  • More information:  https://www.ridgewoodnj.net/departments/recreation; 201-670-5560, 259 N. Maple Ave, Ridgewood

  • Register:  www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass (under Village Parks and Recreation)

RIDGEWOOD PARKS & RECREATION - LEARNING AND EXPLORING THROUGH ADAPTED PROGRAMMING (LEAP) 

  • Adapted programming for ages 12-24 offered with the help of the State's Recreation Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (ROID) grant.

  • Class topics change monthly and feature 4 different lesson topics  (October - Gardening; November - Cooking; December - Holiday Celebrations; January - Music & Motion; February - STEM; March - Art)

  • Tuesdays at 5pm at the Stable (unless noted)

  • Register for any/all of the monthly programs:   www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass

  • Contact:  For more information or specific accommodations call 201-670-5560

RIDGEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • There are numerous programs offered by the library all year for varying age groups - programs are intended to be inclusive.

  • The library website contains information on the programs and parents are encouraged to contact the Children’s Department of the library to discuss any specific needs.

  • Website:  https://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/

  • Contact: 201-670-5600 (Children’s Department)

SHARING THE ARTS

  • A non-profit performing arts program for individuals (ages 8 years through young adult) with special needs

  • Classes are led by teachers with support staff to provide redirection and assistance.  Pre-teen through college-age volunteers serve as assistants, demonstrators, mentors as well as friends in the class.  

  • More information/Registration: www.sharingthearts.com    

  • Contact:  info@sharingthearts.com     

ACCESS RIDGEWOOD 

  • The goal of Access Ridgewood is to increase awareness of those with disabilities and create a more inclusive community. 

  • 2022 Access Ridgewood Events:  October 7-9 

  • Includes Family Concert, Fashion Show, Community Fair and More!    

  • More Information / Registration:  www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/accessridgewood

RIDGEWOOD SPECIAL MOMS AND DADS 

Ridgewood Special Moms and Dads is a private Facebook group where members share information about programs, medical professionals, after-school activities and anything that relates to being a parent of a child with special needs.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1571410723074380/

 

SAFETY & SECURITY: DID YOU KNOW?

You can register with the NJOEM’s special needs registry, so that emergency responders are aware of your child/family’s needs in case of disaster or emergency:

http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/access-functional-needs.shtml

You can register your child with Bergen County Sheriff’s office Project Lifesaver: 

https://www.bcsd.us/images/pdf/ProjectLifesaverApplication.pdf

Making a trip to the ER? Alert the reception desk that your child is special needs upon check in . They will take extra care to help them through the emergency room process