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Catch some rays. Recharge!

School's out! We want to wish all our teachers, aides, administrators, parents, and staff a great summer! Thank you for your efforts to provide an effective yet enjoyable learning experience throughout the year. Whether you're relaxing on vacation, or even if you're working at summer school or camp, take some time to really recharge this summer before the next school year.  Let's continue to see the potential in our students and endeavor to bring out the best in our classrooms.
Golden Apple Contest

We need your help! Remember your first day? Think back to when you just started. Wish you had known then what you know now? Please send your suggestions for teachers on their first day. Be the change you want to see in the world and share it with others. Please send your ideas in an email titled 'Golden Apple Contest' to Winners will win an Amazon gift card and have their suggestions featured in our Back-to-School newsletter.

Good luck!
Best of luck to all those starting their first day in the fall! 
Assistive Technology:
Tips and Tricks for
First-Time Eye-Gaze Users
When families and professionals consider an eye-gaze system for an individual in their care, they are unaware that there is a vast array of device settings and preparation strategies for both the individual using the device and the environment. These helpful steps should increase the user's success.
1) Light - Be aware that some clients are light sensitive. Light can also cause glare, decreased accuracy, and increased difficulty calibrating the device.
2) Position - Position the device lower than the client's eye level to reduce client fatigue and increase accuracy. The user should be looking down to use the device.
3) Eyes - Make sure that the client's eyes can work together. It may be necessary to utilize an eyepatch or calibrate using one eye. If the client has dry eye, utilize drops to increase accuracy and facilitate calibration.
4) Dwell time - Change the time spent looking at items. Less dwell time before a target is selected will increase accuracy but will also increase user training. Make sure to find a time that works just right.
5) Targets - Change the number and size of targets required during calibration. Having fewer targets reduces accuracy but also reduces client fatigue and improves calibration. Make sure the client can see the targets well enough (i.e. not too big, not too small).
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Voting starts next month! The voting period for CEC elections is September 16th through October 16th. Please visit to check out the candidates. Biographies coming out this month.

Attend a webinar! Check out the CEC webinars available August to December. Click here!

Workshops and events offered by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN).
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Fall Conference & Resource Expo
Navigate the Maze: Learning Disabilities & Attention Issues
Saturday, October 21 | Middlesex Community College 
CE C 2018: Special Education Convention & Expo
February 7-10 | Tampa, FL
NJCEC Spring Conference next March! 

E-Blast Editor: Amanda Jans
NJCEC Editor: Dr. Anne DeGroot