Important Update - Please make sure to check out The Arc of NJ's COVID-19 Updates & Information page for news and resources impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) during this time. This is a challenging period, but our organization is here to support you as best we can in the days and weeks ahead.
The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute provides families with the necessary resources and education to access the appropriate supports and services for their loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD).
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New Jersey Resources 2020-2021 Guide
The 2020-2021 New Jersey Resources Directory is a comprehensive resource guide identifying the various programs and services the Department of Human Services offers to New Jersey residents, caregivers and advocates. In this guide, a family can find out more information on how to apply for food, income and employment assistance, as well as health care and much more. A caregiver can get information on support programs and services to assist them in caring for their loved ones. And individuals with disabilities and their families can get information on various services that include in-home supports, vocational rehabilitation, and education.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, you can reach our certified Information and Referral specialists through the Division of Disability Services toll-free at 1-888-285-3036.
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New Podcast Series
Sharing Perspectives is an interview-style podcast featuring Early Intervention practitioners, parents, provider agencies, and other professionals in the EI field. Each interview will consist of questions submitted by parents and professionals with the goal of providing clarity and awareness to Early Intervention services in New Jersey.
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Thursday's Tip To A Better IEP
TIES Center is the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. Its purpose is to create sustainable changes in kindergarten-grade 8 school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs.
Supporting Inclusive Education for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
“People assume because we have a disability we don’t need to know what sex means and how to give consent. They only see the disability. Too many people believe we can’t have an intimate relationship or get married. I didn’t have sex education because my parents wanted to protect me. My mother took me out […]
Washington, D.C. – The Arc unites with the Black community following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. “Mr. Floyd’s life was valuable. His life matters. Black lives matter. Mr. Floyd’s murder, at the hands of Chauvin, shows us once again that racism and white supremacy plague […]
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The Arc grieves the senseless death of a young Black man with a disability at the hands of police – yet again. Daunte Wright was killed by a 26-year veteran Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who says she fired her gun instead of her Taser by mistake during a traffic stop. The officer has since […]
Thousands of people with disabilities in the U.S. use Medicaid to get the supports and services they need to live and be healthy every day. But, people with disabilities must often wait several years to get access to the type of supports they want and need in their own homes. Many are forced into nursing […]
The post No One Should Have to Live Like This: Steve’s Nine Year Wait for Freedom appeared first on The Arc.
Join the Coalition for a Direct Support Professional Living Wage Today!
Direst Support Professionals (DSPs) make it possible for many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead lives in their communities. They provide personal care, social support, and physical assistance individuals in a wide range of activities when needed. They work in a variety of settings including individual and family homes, group homes, supported apartments, schools, workplaces, recreational and fitness settings, etc. Currently, the need for DSPs exceeds the number of such professionals working in the field, and this workforce shortage is only expected to increase. New Jersey must address the workforce issues to ensure services will continue for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who depend on it.
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Each month The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute spotlights a different developmental disability to help build awareness and educate others about the disability. Click below to learn more about this month's spotlight and the resources that are available to help.
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