Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done! The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute is here to help. We've created a FREE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series just for you. Now you can learn how to navigate the system on your lunch break. 

Grab your lunch and join us!

Download the Lunch & Learn Webinar Series Flyer HERE.


February 21
12 – 1pm

Post-Secondary Options for Students with Developmental Disabilities | View Webinar HERE
Join us as we discuss different college options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We will look at the different programs offered in New Jersey, options for scholarships and possible ways to pay for college. We will share with you examples on how to write goals for post-secondary options when working with the Child Study Team to create a transition plan.

March 21
12 – 1pm

Public Policy and Advocacy: A How to Guide | View Webinar HERE

Public policy and advocacy is most effective when families, self-advocates and professionals work together. Join The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute as we discuss the importance of becoming involved and ways to make a positive impact on policies at the national, state and local levels.

April 18
12 – 1pm

Keys to a Smooth Transition | View Webinar HERE

Join us as we discuss the key resources necessary to navigate through the system and how to access them.

May 16
12 – 1pm

Understanding Sexuality in Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities | View Webinar HERE

Sexual education encompasses many aspects of life, such as anatomy, health, personal hygiene, reproduction, relationships, and the expression of love. Sex education is needed by all human beings including youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Excluding youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities from this important conversation can leave this population vulnerable to abuse. This webinar will discuss why educating youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities is so important, barriers families face in discussing sexuality, and solutions to those barriers.

June 13
12 – 1pm

Preparing for a Fee-For-Service System - A How to Guide for Families | View Webinar HERE

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun transitioning adult services (ages 21+) from a contract reimbursement system to a fee-for-service system. This change will dramatically affect the way individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities access services through DDD. This presentation will help families understand the new system and learn ways in which they can start to prepare.

July 18
12- 1pm

Support Coordination - What Families Need to Know | View Webinar HERE

Join us as we discuss support coordination, how to apply and what you can do to make certain that the agency is the "right fit" for your family.

September 12
12 - 1pm

IEP Basics

Join us as we talk about the IEP process, what to look for, and how to get started.

September 19
12 - 1pm

The Benefits of an Inclusive Education

Join us as we discuss the benefits of an inclusive education and how you can make a difference.

September 26
12 - 1pm

Understanding Supplemental Income Reporting Responsibilities
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility is determined on a month by month basis. If you or your loved ones receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect eligibility for SSI benefits and Medicaid.

Hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by David Vinokurov, District Manager for the New Jersey Social Security Administration Office in Trenton, attendees will learn how to report changes for your SSI benefits and avoiding SSI overpayments and underpayments.

October 17
12 - 1pm
Navigating the System of State Services for Children 14-21
Join us as we discuss state services for children under 21 and transition into the system of adult services for 21+. We will give an overview on the importance of SSI and Medicaid.

November 21
12 - 1pm

Promoting Self-Advocacy among Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Join us as we discuss the importance of self-advocacy and planning for adult life.

February 6
12 - 1pm

An overview of the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund
The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund is a financial assistance program for New Jersey families whose children have an illness or condition. For those eligible, it reimburses families and guardians for expenses incurred not otherwise covered by health insurance or State or Federal programs. 

This webinar is hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by Amy Taklif, M.S.W, L.S.W, Medical Social Work Consultant.

April 17
12 - 1pm

Understanding Internet Safety for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Internet has dramatically changed the way we interact with the world. It has become a global means of communication in our every day life. However the internet can also put people at risk for cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators and the possibility of revealing too much personal information.  

Hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by Ashley Ritchey, Director of the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project, attendees will learn about internet safety and how to best support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the internet.