STEPS Community Events 2016-17

The following events are sponsored by STEPS, FREE of charge, and open to all. All events will be held at the STEPS program’s location at Garfield Park Academy, 24 Glenolden Lane, Willingboro, NJ. Please stay and meet the STEPS staff and learn more about the STEPS program.

TO REGISTER for any of these events and/or take a tour, please contact Jeff Dalrymple at 609-877-4111, ext. 261, or e-mail:

November 17, 2016

“Navigating the Adult Service System: What Families Need to Know”
6:30 – 8:30 PM
In this workshop, designed for parents of children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities, special needs attorney S. Paul Prior, Esq. from Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer will talk about:
• Guardianship Considerations
• How to Apply for and Maximize Services from DDD and DVRS
• The ABLE Act, and How it Can Help with Financial Planning
• The Importance of Having a Will and Other Legal Arrangements

February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Dance
4:30- 6:30 PM

We just LOVE Valentines Day! Celebrate the sweetest day of the year with food, dancing, a DJ and decorations. Everyone leaves with a special gift! Open to all teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Doors open at 4:00 PM; dance begins at 4:30 PM. Please RSVP to Jeff Dalrymple at 609-877-4111, ext. 261, or e-mail:

April 12, 2017

BINGO & Pizza Night
4:30-6:30 PM
Have some fun, eat some pizza and enjoy a chance to win prizes with our BINGO night. Doors open at 4:00 PM, Bingo begins at 4:30 PM.

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Matt Murphy’s September Memo

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Summer has come to a quick end. Hopefully, the nice weather will last right into fall!

STEPS will be closed Monday, September 5, for the Labor Day holiday. The following are the trips scheduled for the month of September.  We will be going Apple picking at Johnson’s farm on September 21.  Miniature golf and Gateano’s have been chosen to be revisited for a second month in a row!  Friendly’s, IHOP and the movies will round out the rest of the trips.  We will be continuing our Monday, Wegman’s shopping trips, the only exceptions is if there’s an outing on a Monday.  In this event we will shop on Tuesdays.

The continued goal of all of the outings is to continue to teach, communication skills, social/life/daily living skills, money management, healthy choices, proper edict, socialization, amongst others skills while in actual real life settings. The trips have been well received, fun and are self-directed coming right from our participants themselves.

If possible, please email me who will and will not be participating in the outings. This way I can have an idea of how many people will be attending the different functions.

Thank you so much,

Matt Murphy

(609) 877-4111 ex. 221

September 2016

Monday, September 5- CLOSED LABOR DAY

Thursday, September 8-Friendly’s  ($20)

Wednesday, September 14-Miniature golf ($10)

Monday, September 19- IHOP  ($20)

Wednesday, September 21- Johnsons Farm   ($15)

Tuesday, September 27- Movies ($15)

Thursday, September 29-  Gaetano’s   ($20)

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Workshop: Guardianship & Estate Planning


STEPS presents

Guardianship & Estate Planning:
Accessing DDD, SSI, Workability

February 25, 2016
6:30- 8:00 PM

Featuring Adam Wilson, Esq.,
Attorney with Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law

Download the PDF Flyer for this workshop

Attendees will learn about government programs for adults with disabilities that begin at age 18, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Medicaid. The attorney will also discuss securing services after age 21 when the entitlement to special education ends, including day and residential services available through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and programs offered through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). The attorney will present emerging information on New Jersey’s ever-changing system of adult services, including “fee-for-service” and the growing role of Medicaid eligibility and waivers.

Garfield Park Academy
24 Glenolden Lane
Willingboro, NJ

For more information and to register, please call 609-877-4111.

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STEPS Parent Support Group – November 18, 2015


Please join us for the STEPS Program Parent Support Group

Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Garfield Park Academy, 24 Glenolden Lane, Willingboro, New Jersey 08046

Call 609-877-4111 ext. 280 for more information.


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Autism NJ Conference Attendance

Garfield Park Academy STEPS Program appearing at Autism New Jersey ConferenceOctober 13, 2011 – The STEPS After School Program is at the Autism NJ Conference, October 13 and 14.

We’re at the Autism New Jersey Conference. Come visit us at Booth 22 October 13 and 14 in the display area at the Atlantic City Conference Center on the fourth floor. We’d be happy to answer any and all of your questions about our growing young adult and adult activity program.

Learn how our program is successfully teaching social and life skills that help participants grow and become more independent. STEPS teaches skills essential for successful adult life:

  • Social skills to achieve and maintain employment and adult relationships
  • Money & banking skills
  • Household management skills, including meal planning and preparation; cleaning, laundry, and organizing; and household security and safety
  • Time management skills
  • Transportation skills
  • Community access and awareness skills
  • Stress management and anger control

We hope to see you at the Conference.

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