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.
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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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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.
Comprehensive Inclusive Education: General Education & The Inclusive IEP
The planning process described below is intended to support the creation and provision of a curricular and instructional program based on the acknowledgment that:
each child is a general education student.
the general education curriculum and routines and the Individual Education Program (IEP) comprise a student’s full educational program.
the IEP for a student qualifying for special education services is not the student’s curriculum.
The planning process consists of four parts:
An initial collaborative conversation between general and special educators and the family to address the context and content of general education curriculum and instruction, as well as support for students with extensive needs as a member of the general education classroom.
A discussion of specific considerations for creating an inclusive IEP. This discussion will include the student’s IEP team, including special education, general education, family, specialized instructional support personnel, student, and peers.
Based upon the outcomes of the inclusive IEP discussion, an “Education Day-at-a-Glance” is created and shared with all members of the team.
The team, including teachers, family members, and specialized instructional support personnel, will agree upon a process for ongoing collaboration during the year and support of one another and the student.
Inclusive IEP Planning Worksheet:
See the planning worksheet to guide you and your team through this process.
This past September marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. To honor all who were lost, The Arc joined forces with local chapters of The Arc and other community organizations to develop inclusive volunteer projects centered around the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day). These projects aimed to strengthen […]
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In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control declared racism a serious threat to public health. For people of color with disabilities, the threat is dire – they face multiple barriers to health care. Unique Royster is a young Black woman with a disability. She and her mother Irene Kelley faced disparities in accessing health care […]
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A federal district court today granted a preliminary injunction in our mask mandate lawsuit, blocking enforcement of Iowa’s law prohibiting schools from requiring facemasks. Previously, the court had issued and then extended a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), which also blocked enforcement of this harmful law. A preliminary injunction will stay in place as the lawsuit […]
The post Mask Mandate Preliminary Injunction Continues to Protect Iowa Children appeared first on The Arc.
Activists From Across the Nation Deliver 7,500 Stories from Individuals Impacted by Dearth of Home and Community-Based Services Photos of the Vigil and Rally: https://bit.ly/3ahKPN9 Senator Bob Casey met disability rights activists and care workers who participated in a 24-hour storytelling vigil and reiterated his commitment to fully fund services critical for the health and […]
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