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United Way Holds Free Educational Seminar for Transitioning Child with Special Needs into Adulthood

WARREN, NJ – United Way of Northern New Jersey Caregivers Coalition will present a free seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 19 for guardians to learn how to transition a child with special needs into adulthood.

Area caregivers are invited to attend the “munch and learn” educational presentation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mt. Bethel Village, 130 Mt. Bethel Road. A light dinner will be provided.

The presentation will be led by Lee Ann Gattorno, Mt. Bethel Village’s day program director, and Simone Waters, its residential director. The duo will share tips on navigating the Division of Developmental Disabilities’ change to a fee-for-service based system as well as options for day programs and supportive housing.

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Free educational presentations are one of the services United Way Caregivers Coalition provides to help unpaid family caregivers better access information while giving them the support they need in their caregiving role. The Coalition brings together caregivers, medical professionals, social service agencies, businesses, and other community groups to support unpaid family caregivers in Somerset County.

“Through this free program, family caregivers will receive timely information that will prepare them as their child with special needs transitions into adulthood,” said United Way Caregivers Coalition Manager Stephanie Howland.

Unpaid caregivers are the family members and friends who help loved ones of any age who are ill, frail or living with a disability. Caregivers help their loved ones with a range of tasks from paying bills or driving to doctors, to personal care such as bathing and dressing, to medical care such as administering medication.

To register or for more information, email Stephanie.Howland@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call at 973.993.1160, x534.

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