Announcing The Deron School Educational Seminar Series 2019

All events will be held at the Union campus: from 6:30pm to 8pm and include a Q&A period.

1140 Commerce Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Tuesday, February 26th @ 6:30pm

What is going on with my child? Is it medical, behavioral, or developmental?

Presented by: Dr. Tara Matthews

Is it medical or behavioral? How can you decipher behavior changes in children with special needs?

This presentation will include examples of behavioral changes that could mean medical problems, and how to figure out if there is a reason for an acute behavioral change.

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Tara Anne Matthews, MD, a lifelong New Jersey resident, is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2003. Dr. Matthews worked at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ and a variety of pediatric office settings for 8 years before completing a fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “Dr. Tara”, as she is known by her patients, has worked at Children’s Specialized Hospitalized Hospital for over 5 years.  Dr. Tara has a special interest in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

RSVP by calling Annette at (908) 206-0444 or or at

Tuesday, March 19th @ 6:30pm

Navigating the System: 5-21

Presented by: Cheryl Crick, Coordinator, Family Advocacy and Advocacy Services at The Arc of NJ

When a child has an IEP, many services and supports may be provided by the school district. Though additional supports and services are available from the state. These resources are not based on income, but rather on the needs of the child. This workshop will discuss the importance of being connected to government agencies, and eligibility requirements.

RSVP by calling Annette at (908) 206-0444 or at

Tuesday, April 30th @ 6:30

Turning 18: Guardianship, Social Security, Medicaid, and Waiting Lists

Presented by the Attorneys at Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, P.C., who have over 70 years of combined experience providing specialized legal services to families of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and seniors.  We have argued many of the precedent-setting cases affecting individuals with disabilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

This workshop will focus on government programs for adults with disabilities that typically begin at age 18, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.  The attorney will also discuss securing services after age 21, including day and residential services available through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).  Attendees will learn to navigate New Jersey’s ever-changing system of adult services, including “fee-for-service” and the growing role of Medicaid eligibility and waivers.  The workshop will also explain the basics of guardianship and other surrogate decision-making options, with an aim towards attaining the maximum possible independence for your child while preserving vital protections for important decision-making.  This 90-minute presentation includes a Q&A for attendees.

RSVP by calling Annette at (908) 206-0444 or at

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