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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’s 37th Annual Conference is Coming – November 14th, 2014

Our Keynote Speaker will be Nelson Lauver. A transformational speaker and storyteller, Nelson Lauver inspires people to find the courage to reach their best and highest through strategic storytelling. Visit Nelson’s website now.
Visit our Conference Info Page now for the conference program at a glance and conference hotel information. Conference vendor registration is now open! Preregistration for attendees is coming soon.
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

CONCORDIA LEARNING CENTER APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - David Feinhals has joined the organization as its new Executive Director, succeeding Executive Director Judy Ortman who will be retiring after 8 years of service. David was formerly Executive and Program Director of the NJ Foundation for the Blind.  Read more…

ASAH’s 2014-2015 MEETINGS AND EVENTS CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE - Our new calendar page allows you to view the calendar as a vertical agenda, month, week, etc., as well as to display categories of meetings and events. Maps to event locations are also available by clicking the “read more” links for each event. Click here to view the 2014-2015 calendar now.

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

REPRESENTATION

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

REFERRALS

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

GROUP SERVICES

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

DIRECT ADVOCACY

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

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

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

ADVICE AND SUPPORT

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

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

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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