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Election Day Hotline for Voters with Disabilities

On Primary Election Day, June 5, 2018, Disability Rights New Jersey will have attorneys available by telephone to answer your questions concerning any disability-related voting problem you might experience.

Phone: (800) 922-7233

or

TTY: (609) 633-7106

E-mail: MCiccone@DRNJ.org


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Are you a self-advocate, caregiver or professional in need of help navigating the system? The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute is here to assist you. Click HERE to submit a Problem Intake Form and let us help you find your way.


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Special Education Ombudsman

Purpose

The role of the Special Education Ombudsman is to serve as a resource to provide information and support to parents, students and educators regarding special education rights and services. Appointed by the Commissioner of Education, the ombudsman performs duties that include serving as a source of information for parents, students, educators and interested members of the public that helps them better understand state and federal laws and regulations governing special education. The ombudsman also provides information and support to parents of students with disabilities to help them understand and navigate the process for obtaining special education evaluations and services.

Contact Information

Cynthia Hoenes-Saindon
Phone: 609-376-9060  Fax: 609-984-8422
Email: specedombudsman@doe.state.nj.us

http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/ombudsman/

 


Thursday's Tip To A Better IEP

What is an IEP?

An Individualized Education Plan is a written document that describes the education plan for a student with an intellectual and/or a developmental disability. The IEP  is the foundation for a child's education. The IEP lists the special education an individual will receive based upon their needs. It's important that student's and their family members understand what's written in the IEP and that they take an active role in developing this document.

Bring a support person with you to the meeting, especially if the room is filled with people from your school district. Your support person will help level the playing field, make sure you do not become too stressed, and help ensure you get what you want out of the meeting.

 

IEP Go Bag

  


Wear it Wednesday!

We wore our jeans with a purpose to raise money to help support the quality of life for individuals affected by 22q11.2 Syndrome and donated to The International 22q11.2 Foundation Inc. 

In honor of Ava Desiderato

Each month The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute spotlights a different developmental disability to help build awareness and educate others about the disability. Learn more below.

http://www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org/spceial-campiangs/home-page-spotlight.html

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Submit Comments on Proposed Delay of IDEA Equity Regulations

The Arc of the U.S. submitted comments today in opposition to the Department of Education's proposed two-year delay of regulations to address significant racial and ethnic disproportionality in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) identification, placement, and discipline. In 2004, the requirement to collect and report data on significant disproportionality, and take certain action if it is found, was added to the IDEA. However, in the 14 years since the law was changed, few states and school districts have reported any such significant disproportionality. This fact was documented in a 2013 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study showing that most states had set thresholds for identifying disproportionate districts so high that no districts ever exceeded them, and, therefore, none were ever identified or the issues resolved. Following the GAO's recommendation, the Department of Education issued regulations in 2016 that are set to take effect in July of 2018. These regulations provide a standard methodology for determining significant disproportionality, but permit each state to set its own thresholds so long as they are reasonable. See The Arc's comments here. Disability advocates are encouraged to submit their own comments. See shorter sample comments here which can be submitted by clicking here. Comments are due by midnight on Monday, May 14.

To help understand what disproportionality is, how it harms students with disabilities who are students of color, and what advocates can do to ensure equity in education for all children, the National Disability Rights Network has made this short video.

Easterseals will be extended to June 30, 2019 for dual enrollees

Please check back for updated information about PPL/SDE...

Series Sheds Light on Sexual Abuse of People with I/DD

This week NPR – National Public Radio - launched a 7 part series on the sexual abuse of adults with I/DD. In this time of heightened awareness about sexual harassment, assault and violence, the plight of a vulnerable population at significant risk - people with I/DD - needs to be discussed, addressed and made a priority. For decades, The Arc of New Jersey has worked to enact policy to protect people with I/DD, and educate the public so that they become our partners in keeping people safe. We have also developed programs for people with I/DD to educate and support them, and reduce their risk of being a victim. 

As we continue to raise awareness and work to strengthen the safety net for people with I/DD, we ask you to join us in the effort by staying connected, speaking up and acting as needed. Click here to read more.

FINAL CALL for Completion of Mandatory NJ CAT

Beginning in 2015, the Division undertook a massive outreach effort to ensure that all individuals receiving or eligible to receive services were notified about the need to complete the new NJ CAT. This included five mailings from January 2015 through August 2016; targeted one-to-one outreach from case managers and support coordinators; and numerous announcements distributed by the Division.

While the NJ CAT has now been completed for the majority of individuals, there remains a small number of individuals who still do not have a completed NJ CAT.

Continue reading HERE.

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Please note that all new graduates born after January 1, 1997, must go through the full DDD intake process—including the completion and submission of the DDD Intake Application and supporting documentation—to ensure eligibility.


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Show Your Support For The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute

Your support for The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute will ensure that this vital program will continue to help the thousands of New Jersey families struggling to care for their loved one with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Gifts of any amount are urgently needed.... because every gift is a statement - a statement of your commitment to supporting families in need now and for the future.


Putting a Spotlight On

Each month The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute spotlights a different developmental disability to help build awareness and educate others about the disorder. Click below to learn more about this month's spotlight and resources that are available to help.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes


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