November 2019
The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute provides caregivers with the necessary resources and education to access the appropriate supports and services for their loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability.
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Governmental Affairs Update

To highlight and celebrate the recent passage of the Autism CARES Act, Executive Director Tom Baffuto spoke at a press conference last month hosted by the law’s author Senator Menendez. The event, which took place in Paramus at ECLC of New Jersey – Bergen P.R.I.D.E. Center, was an opportunity to promote the new law which aims to shape federal autism policy and which creates an investment in research, early detection, and the development of new treatments and therapies for those with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Arc of New Jersey praised the passage of the legislation and specifically brought attention to the law’s intent of helping
Census Day is Coming in 2020!

Every 10 years, the government reports the number of people who live in the U.S. by conducting a count called the Census. The Census doesn't just record basic information such as age, gender and race. State, local and federal governments use Census information for planning and allocating billions in federal funds. 

Currently, The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count, and that includes people in New Jersey.
EdgeUcation

Recently, The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) released a report, School Safety Issues Affecting Students with Disabilities: A Call to Action. The report includes school safety solutions for students with disabilities. β€œWhile most schools have comprehensive plans and carry out drills for emergency situations, few have an effective comprehensive plan to address the complex, individualized needs of students with disabilities,” said Mercedes Witowsky, executive director, NJCDD.
DD Training Resources is an online database, funded by a grant from The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and run by The Arc of New Jersey's Family Institute. It provides a wide range of information about trainings and support resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the State of New Jersey.
We welcome your feedback on our new DD Training Resources website!
Families First Discovery Pass

New Jersey residents who receive benefits through SNAP, WFNJ, Child Care Subsidy and/or WIC are eligible for free or discounted admission to arts and history organizations, venues and other programs throughout the State. Visitors use their Families First Card or WIC folder to identify they are eligible for a discount; the card or folder is not for payment. Any payment due should be paid with standard payment methods (cash, credit card). In general, the discount should be available any time for general admission, granted to the adult individual holding the card as well as children, and administered in the same way other discounts at these organizations are. However, the extent of the discount, and the number of people that the discount extends to per card, is up to each participating organization to decide.
Mission to Transition

What is an "Age Appropriate Transition Assessment?" Click the picture to find out more.
Navigating the System

The Growth Through Opportunity (GTO) Program kickoff event, hosted in Freehold October 23, received a very positive response and a strong showing from law enforcement, elected officials and members of the community. The GTO Program which gives job skills training in law enforcement agencies to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities was organized by The Arc of New Jersey. It provides GTO cadets training for 4 days a week over a 16 week period. After completing the training, individuals will have transferable job, life and social skills. The program also aims to strengthen personal safety, confidence and community connectivity for program participants while enhancing disability awareness in the community and with members of law enforcement.

The application deadline for this session has past, but be on the lookout future dates. For more information, contact Adam Kubler, Director of ProjectHire, at 732-246-7605 or AKubler@arcnj.org.
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Road to Employment
Steps in the DVRS Process
The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) works with students who have disabilities, including those with a 504 Plan or other documented disability that impedes a students ability to succeed in competitive employment.

By giving you the services you need to find the right job, DVRS will make your transition from school to work an easy one.
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