To Benefit Midland’s Day Habilitation Program
Midland Adult Services, Inc. (MAS) is proud to announce the hiring of Matthew Lanese as Coordinator of Employment Services. Matthew replaces Bill Liberatore who was recently promoted to Director of Employment Services after 20 years in the Coordinator role.
“Matthew will work closely with the staff at the Patricia Murphy Work Center to develop and coordinate our Employment Services Program at Midland,” says Midland’s President & CEO, Shawn McInerney. “He is a strong leader, communicator, and writer. We are thankful to have Matthew on the Midland Team.”
Matthew is a veteran who previously served in the Navy as a Petty Officer and Communications Specialist with a background in journalism. After completing his service, he dedicated the last seven years of his career to working in programs that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Matthew last worked at The Center for Discovery, New York, as Program Coordinator and Educator. His responsibilities included oversight of a component of community residential services, staff training, and financial accounting of services. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lehman College in Business Administration.
Adult Services in New Jersey Accessing Services and Understanding the Policies that Affect Them
Autism New Jersey (Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D; Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed.) and Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 10:30 AM OR 7:00 PM
The Midland School Great Room, 2nd Floor, Enter by gym lobby
94 Readington Road, North Branch, NJ 08876
908-722-8222 x101 / email@example.com
Details: Our first Learning Institute of the 2017-18 school year offers a very unique and valuable opportunity. Autism New Jersey is coordinating a two-part workshop here at The Midland School. Given the critical topics, the workshop will be provided at two different times on October 4 to assure there will be a time convenient to your schedule. General topics will be “Accessing Adult Services” and “Autism Policy in New Jersey.” While the direct focus will be individuals with autism, the workshop will be highly relevant for individuals with other developmental disabilities as well. The prevailing issues and needs are certainly complementary.
Autism New Jersey asks that you register directly at their website (autismnj.org). Go to “Events”, then “Workshops and Training”. Find the workshop at Midland on October 4, then complete and submit the registration form online. You may register for the Morning or Evening session – at no charge. (A more detailed description of the workshop is also available at the site). In addition to the online registration, please RSVP to Midland by calling Barbara at 908-722-8222 x101 by Oct 2, 2017.
This September 2017, The Midland School will add an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classroom for students with autism to the current program offerings. Midland’s ABA classroom will be staffed by an ABA trained teacher and instructional aide and will utilize specialized techniques and instruction for students with autism to encourage positive behavior change. Key features of the classroom will include a structured environment, a dedicated space for sensory breaks, and a focus on self-direction.
“In response to the needs of students, their families, and school districts, Midland decided to add ABA instruction to broaden and strengthen our array of programs and services for children and young adults with autism,” says Principal, Kristen Zizelmann. “Our goal is to improve all aspects of a student’s life – communication, social relationships, self-care, academics and employment—through the use of select ABA techniques.”
For questions about our new ABA classroom, more information, or to request a tour, please contact Kristen Zizelmann, Principal at 908-722-8222, extension 101.
This September 2017, The Midland School will launch a Preschool Program for children ages 3 and 4 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This one to two-year individualized program for preschool-aged students will focus on early intervention and specialized instruction. “The goal is to integrate the students into the Midland program at an earlier age to maximize progress and reach milestones in the child’s IEP,” says Principal, Kristen Zizelmann. “We look forward to the opportunity to fulfill this need and to serve preschool students at this critical stage in their academic, social, and emotional development.”
Key Elements of Midland Preschool Program:
• NJ State approved private special education preschool program.
• Individualized instruction and 2:1 student to teacher ratio.
• Preschool students can participate in afterschool recreational activities with age-appropriate peers.
• Integrated related services (Speech, OT and PT) are included.
• Social Skills Instruction and Assistive Technology support are offered.
• A full day six-week Extended School Year (ESY) program is available.
• The standard Midland School tuition rate applies.
For questions and more information please contact Kristen Zizelmann, Principal at 908-722-8222, extension 101.