Housed at Brookdale Community College, the goal of the program is to provide students with academic enrichment and social skills instruction. Ultimately, the class assists individuals with developmental disabilities in becoming accepted contributing members of their communities.
Best Practices indicate that students who participate in post-secondary education programs enrich their lives and enhance their contributions to society. Academic Enrichment classes, over the long run of the program have included curriculum offerings such as poetry, American History, ancient history, drama, first aid, science and nature, money management skills, self-advocacy, autobiographical writing, and art history. Students also touch upon current events such as the elections.
Social skills classes involve role-playing situations that occur in daily life. Students are given the opportunity to problem solve events that affect their lives on a daily basis. Students also discuss their feelings about living with disabilities and how they overcome the obstacles they come across.
Kate Redzinak, M.A., founder of the program, is a twenty-year teaching veteran in the field of special education. She is the past recipient of the Freehold District Teacher of the Year, and the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the Fellowship Award on Inclusive Education from the N.J. Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is presently employed by the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District as a teacher of students with multiple disabilities.
Julie Silinonte, M.A., has seven years experience working with children and adolescents with autism and multiple disabilities. She has instructed young adults with developmental disabilities in life skills and social skill development. She has also assisted in the development and coordination of transition plans for these students. She is currently employed by Lakewood School District teaching children with multiple disabilities.
Classes are presently offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the spring and fall.
Class Time – 4:30-6:30 pm
Location – Student Life Center, Parking Lot #7
The classes run for 10 weeks and the cost is $475.
For additional information about the program, please contact Kate Redzinak at 732-685-6606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a registration package, please call Barbara Devine at 732-224-2821.