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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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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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.
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DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal district court today blocked Iowa’s law prohibiting schools from requiring masks. The court ruled that the law violates the civil rights of children with disabilities, including children with underlying conditions, who are more vulnerable to severe illness or death as a result of COVID-19. The decision makes clear that […]
The post Federal Court Blocks Iowa’s Law Banning Masking Requirements in Schools appeared first on The Arc.
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF), Reed Smith LLP, and The Arc filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Houston Area Urban League, Houston Justice, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and The Arc of Texas challenging S.B. 1, a new Texas law targeting voting rights. S.B. 1 includes a series […]
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Eleven parents of children with disabilities and Iowa disability rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit today challenging an Iowa law that bans school districts from imposing mask mandates in schools. The parents and disability rights advocates are taking the action to protect children who are too young to be vaccinated whose disabilities, including underlying […]
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For Kerri, Ken, and their family, Father’s Day weekend 2019 started out as planned—peaceful and filled with quality family time. But early Saturday morning, Kerri and Ken awoke to their 17-year-old son, Yosh, screaming in pain. His stomach had swollen so badly overnight that it looked like a beach ball. They were terrified for their […]
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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