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When a child is facing challenges to their functioning and well-being, finding the right services and support can be overwhelming.  We are committed to helping you access the right services for your child. You can use the navigation to the left to find out more about the New Jersey Children’s System of Care and PerformCare. You will also find links below for information specific to your child's challenges. 

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.


 Do advance work. Find out which teachers will attend the IEP meeting. If you know that the speech therapist will be there, e-mail questions to her ahead of time. If you prepare well, the meeting time, about an hour in most school districts, can be used more effectively.



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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.



New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

In June 2018, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced the launch of the NJ ABLE program, which enables individuals with disabilities to save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and transportation without losing eligibility for Medicaid and other benefits. To learn more about this important new financial tool for individuals with disabilities, please visit the NJ ABLE web page.

Division of Developmental Disabilities Update 6.19.18

A Message from the NJ Department of Human Services Commissioner

Dear Friends,

Since joining the Department of Human Services in January, I have heard concerns from individuals, families, and advocates about the transition from Easterseals NJ to the new fiscal intermediary, Public Partnerships.

We have heard your concern – and the Department will make enrollment with Public Partnerships voluntary during the fiscal year that begins on July 1. Individuals who are self-directing their services may remain with Easterseals NJ or choose to enroll with Public Partnerships. We will continue to explore options to improve these services to best meet the needs of individuals in this program and their caregivers, and will provide additional updates soon.

While you await further updates, if you are enrolled with Easterseals NJ for self-direction and wish to remain enrolled with Easterseals NJ, no action is required and your services and budget will not change. 

If you wish to enroll with Public Partnerships, you may contact your Support Coordinator/ Case Manager or the Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Fee-for-Service Helpdesk at

Thank you,

Carole Johnson

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.


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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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.

Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome

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