• SBJC and No Barriers USA Partner to Create and Implement an Innovative Program to Help Special Need Students Mitigate Their Challenges and Develop the Tools to Unlock Their Potential.

    The South Bergen Jointure Commission is excited to announce its partnership with No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fully unleash the potential of the human spirit. 

    Erik Weihenmayer, Co-Founder of No Barriers USA and the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest, stirred the crowd of SBJC faculty and parents as the keynote speaker of our 2019-2020 New School Year Faculty Convocation at Felician University. Weihenmayer shared his story of how he uses adversity to his advantage, and how those in the No Barriers family have turned their challenges into extraordinary accomplishments. His moving story is the spark that has set in motion a partnership between No Barriers USA, Felician University, and the SBJC. 

    We know educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Disorders, and Multiple Disabilities requires specialized training. If we do not teach our students how to mitigate the symptoms of their disability, we do little to improve their quality of life. The majority of differently abled adults still require assistance in day-to-day activities and are unable to hold employment or complete their schooling. With our district’s commitment to adopting the No Barriers mindset, we will provide our students with the tools necessary to unlock their potential.

    SBJC and No Barriers Partnership will be exhibited not only in the shift of mindsets but in events throughout the year, including:

    In-person Education/Preparatory Sessions - Nov 6-7, 2019
    In order to successfully facilitate a shift in the way that students are supported, integrated, and view themselves, No Barriers will start with a series of preparatory sessions for educators and faculty teaching them the No Barriers Life to break through the barriers together that comes with this kind of change in an organization.

    Online Leadership Experience - 2019/2020
    No Barriers will provide an engaging online experience designed through the unique No Barriers Life framework. The online experience will create a common language, and framework for all SBJC stakeholders.

    No Barriers Day Experience Mini Summit - June 2020
    A No Barriers Day Experience will take what was learned online and in classrooms and brings it to life through, fun and inclusive activities that help people reach outside their comfort zone, redefining what's possible, and celebrates the future with new found hope and optimism. Modeled after the No Barriers Summit held annually, this experience will uplift, connect, and inspire.