Burlington County Inclusion Project Hosts <+>Circle of Friends

Burlington County Inclusion Project Hosts <+>Circle of Friends

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The Burlington County Inclusion Project will hold a free workshop -- Circle of Friends -- for parents on Wednesday, October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Burlington County Special Serv
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The Burlington County Inclusion Project will hold a free workshop -- <+>Circle of Friends<+> -- for parents
on Wednesday, October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Burlington County Special Services, 20 Pioneer Blvd., Mt.
Holly, NJ

<+>Circle of Friends,<+> presented by Bonni Rubin-Sugarman, M.A., is a strategy that assists in developing
peer supports for children with disabilities. It's a powerful opportunity for typically developing kids to
understand and respect the needs of a child with a disability, which in many cases is the prerequisite to
friendship.

The workshop is designed to present the strategy to parents, to discuss child-specific implementation and
to enable parents to become a part of the process. <+>Circle of Friends<+> is just one of the many offerings of the
Burlington County Inclusion Project. The Burlington County Inclusion Project is sponsored by the
Burlington County Special Services School District through a grant from the New Jersey Department
of Education.

Eleven school districts work in collaboration with Rowan University to support the inclusion of students
with special needs in general education programs through the training of professional staff, paraprofessionals,
school administrators and parents. The districts involved in the project are Burlington County Special
Services (lead agency), Cinnaminson, Evesham, Lenape Regional, Mansfield, Maple Shade, Medford, Mt.
Holly, Mt. Laurel, Palmyra and Springfield.