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Building Partnerships for Promising Futures

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 40th ANNUAL CONFERENCE iS COMINGSAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 – Conference info is now being posted as it becomes available. Keynote Presenter: Scott Christopher. Note that the workshop application period is now closed. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Hotel info and directions are also available. CLICK HERE for more conference information.

Parents’ Perspective on Special Education

Hear what parents of students with disabilities are saying about their own and their children’s experience at ASAH member schools.

“Bright Tomorrow for Today’s Students”

Special Education Week 2017 was a Resounding Success!

This year ASAH involved our members to highlight the important role of private schools in meeting the needs of students with complex disabilities. In addition to our traditional Art Contest, Poster, Student Scholarships, and the “Innovations in Special Education” Awards ceremony, and luncheon, we helped member schools take part and RAISE AWARENESS.

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.

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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