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ASAH 40th Anniversary logo - supporting private special education in NJ

Building Partnerships for Promising Futures

Celebrating 40 years of service to the special education community

ASAH 38th Annual Conference

ASAH’s Mission

ASAH is a not-for-profit organization of private schools and agencies in New Jersey which provide highly specialized services to more than 11,000 infants, children and young adults with disabilities. Founded in 1974, ASAH now serves more than 145 schools and agencies throughout the state.

ASAH works closely with its members and the New Jersey Department of Education to develop policy, promote effective educational practices, and foster productive collaborations between private schools, public school districts, and communities.

ASAH also advocates for legislative and regulatory changes that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families. 

Latest News & Resources

ASAH’S 38TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – ASAH will hold its next Annual Conference (our 38th) on November 13th, 2015. National Motivational Speaker, Author, Consultant & Autism Advocate, Kerry Magro M.A. will be out keynote speaker. NOTE: The workshop proposal period closed on June 19th. Vendor & Attendee Registration is now available!  Click here for available information now.

SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK IN NJ WAS MAY 10TH – MAY 16TH. Special Education Week was a chance to celebrate special education services and special education teachers who make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities. Click for a gallery of event photos.

ASAH’s Private School Placement Toolkit

In order to help families and educators navigate the process of advocating for effective special education services, ASAH has collected information and resources to help them make informed decisions and support their positions. The toolkit includes information on:
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Parents’ Rights in Special Education (PRISE)
  • Private School Options — What Parents Need to Know
  • “Stay Put” Provisions
  • A Parents Guide to Placement

…and much more

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ASAH Special Education Video Series - with Hinkle, Fingles and Prior, Attorneys at Law

Video Advocacy Series

ASAH has launched an 8 part-series of short videos (most are 8-10 minutes each) designed to teach families how to advocate for their child. The series covers common advocacy problems families face, including eligibility for special education, transition, extended school year services, placement, LRE, the ‘stay put’ provision of IDEA and other areas of the law. Click here to view the series now.

We are especially grateful to the partners at Hinkle, Fingles and Prior, a prominent disability law firm in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for their partnership and participation in making the new video advocacy series a reality.

In addition to being available here, the series is also available on our new Youtube Channel, SpecialEdAdvocacy.

The Benefits of ASAH Membership


Bringing your issues directly to legislative and administrative decision makers in Trenton and Washington.


Referrals of parents and school district decision makers to appropriate member programs.


Preferred rates on school and agency business services, including employee benefits and liability insurance


Individualized advocacy support for parents or guardians who need assistance with special ed issues.


High quality conferences for staff and administrators and assistance with in-service workshops.


Collegial, supportive relationships and shared information about best practice and “what works.”


JoyLynn Leech

I can’t begin to explain how wonderful ASAH has been to me and my family. Our advocate helped us tremendously by providing important information and resources to address our situation. The support she gave helped us during a difficult time as we worked to secure a program that would meet his needs. It is truly a priceless service and we will always be grateful to ASAH.

JoyLynn Leech Parent


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