RIDGEWOOD UNIFIED PROGRAM

Sponsored by the Special Olympics, the Ridgewood Unified Program is a club for ALL students to come together for sports, games, community service, school events, and most of all, to have fun!  The Ridgewood Unified Program offers School Clubs, Leadership opportunities, Sports and Clinics, as well as School Wide Awareness Activities. Feel free to reach out on the contact page for more information!

  • RHS Club:   Will meet twice a month during lunch on Wednesdays, and offer Thursday Evening Clinics.  Advisors are: Bobby Rinaldi and Michael Kilcullen. 

  • BF ClubWill meet Thursdays twice a month, and offer a Unified Basketball and Unified Track Team.   They plan to hold a Friday Lunch Bunch as well.  Advisors are: Jess Vasquez and Ryan Crawford.

  • GW Club: Will meet Tuesdays twice a month for the after school club.  Advisors are: Wendy Padykula and Chris Watkins.  

 

Please see link to the website for all information, including registration and calendars: Ridgewood Unified Website

 

Email jvasquez@ridgewood.k12.nj.us for Middle School Questions or rrinaldi@ridgewood.k12.nj.us for High School Questions.

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 SPECIAL NEEDS ALL-STAR BASKETBALL

  • Ages 3-18 eligible

  • Clinics held Sunday mornings in January and February

  • 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 Varsity Team!

  • 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 - 2022”

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

  • Contact: Cara Murray at murrayc@hlcmail.com

 

2022 RIDGEWOOD BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION (RBSA) ALL-STARS PROGRAM

  • Four 90-minute clinics that takes place at Vets field over four weeks in Spring (Dates and Time TBD for 2022)

  • 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

  • Website: https://sitebuilder.capturepoint.com/RBSA

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

2021 RIDGEWOOD SOCCER ASSOCIATION (RSA)

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

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

RIDGEWOOD PARKS & RECREATION - 2021 LEARNING AND EXPLORING THROUGH ADAPTED PROGRAMMING (LEAP) 

  • Adapted programming for ages 12-24 - parents and/or aides are welcome to join or watch

  • Each month a different topic will be explored and each week something new will be taught:  October - Music; November - Cooking; December - Holiday Celebrations (Ceramic Painting)

  • Tuesdays from 5pm - 6:30pm at the Stable (unless noted)

  • Register for monthly program:   https://register.communitypass.net/ridgewood/

  • 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.  

  • Programs include pre-ballet/jazz, hip-hop, vocal, acting and musical theatre; zoom classes are also offered!

  • More information/Registration: www.sharingthearts.com    

  • Contact:  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. 

  • 2021 Access Ridgewood Events:  October 8-10 

  • Includes Seeing Eye Dog Educational Program, Fashion Show, Film Screenings 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