Community Resources:

RIDGEWOOD UNIFIED SPORTS PROGRAM

Ridgewood's Unified Sports® joins people with and without disabilities (known as Unified partners) on the same team. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, it was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

 

  • RHS Club: Meets once a month after school at 3:30 on Wednesday , during lunch once a month (11:45-12:15), and once for student leadership. Email mkilcullen@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or rrinaldi@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

  • BF Club: Meets Thursdays at 3pm using google classroom at least twice a month. Student Leadership meets twice a month too! Email jvasquez@ridgewood.k12.nj.us to join! Classroom Link here and class code u6uktl6
    This Thursday, March 4th it is from 3pm - 4:15pm in the BF cafeteria.  We will decorate bulletins.  
    Starting Thursday, March 18th it will b
    e on the BF track (pending if the snow melts) from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.

  • GW Club: Meets Thursdays at 3:15pm using google classroom at least twice a month. Email lalfuso@ridgewood.k12.nj.us to join! Classroom Link here and class code fm64h2a

More information: https://sites.google.com/ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ridgewood-unified

RIDGEWOOD PARKS & RECREATION (THE STABLE)

The RBSA is proud to offer its 14th Annual All-Stars Program, a four-day clinic designed for children with special needs. The program will be held on four Sunday’s: May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th and May 23rd, from 10:00am – 11:30am, at Veterans Field (behind the Ridgewood Library). The program is designed for children with special needs and is open to residents of Ridgewood and surrounding towns. Each participant (ages 5 and up) is matched with a peer volunteer (ages 12 and up) to assist them through baseball/softball stations (throwing, hitting off a tee, etc.). RBSA board members and coaches will be on hand to direct the   participants and volunteers through the stations. It is a very rewarding experience for all  involved! The fee for this program is $45. Participants receive a t-shirt, baseball hat and a trophy recognizing their participation  in the program (Awards Day is May 23rd). A sports photographer will be at the field to take individual photos, which you may purchase.

More information: Brendan Buckley at brendan.buckley@pinebridge.com or 551-427-5039.     

REGISTER: www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass    

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. Programs specific to special needs include ArtisticallyAbled inclusive art instruction, PonyShare Equestrian Introduction, Every Kid's Life Skills which promotes healthy eating habits, proper hygiene, sleep and exercise.

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

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

SHARING THE ARTS

Sharing the Arts is 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.  Programs include pre-ballet/jazz, hip-hop, vocal, acting and musical theatre.

More information: www.sharingthearts.com     info@sharingthearts.com     201-689-2397

Access Ridgewood

The goal of Access Ridgewood is to increase awareness of those with disabilities and create a more inclusive community.  2019 Access Ridgewood Event:  October 11-13.  

More Information:  https://www.facebook.com/AccessRWD/

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