Your one stop shop for news and events going on in the disability community in New Jersey!

Pre-register now for our upcoming Webinars that cover the transition process into the adult system and understanding the DDD Budget.
To pre-register, click the links below! 
Transition Made Easy, A Three Part Webinar Series

Looking to better understand the options for your child that is aging out of the Children System of Care? We can help! Sign up for our 3 part webinar series by clicking here: 

Understanding the DDD Budget

Want to better understand how an individual's DDD budget is determined as well as an overview of the different services available? Join us to learn! Click here to register:

Educational Resources:
AcadeME NJ
A place to learn…for YOU
In-Person, or Virtual

Offering many different class options for our winter semester. We want to accommodate both the students that prefer in-person classes as well as those who would like to learn from the comfort of their own homes. Our new kitchen has been a joy to cook in, and our students have been creating wonderful dishes the last few weeks. Do you like art or cooking? Perhaps you want to learn how to use a camera or photo editing software. Maybe you've always wanted to write a screenplay. AcadeME NJ has classes for everyone. Check out our winter schedule below. As always, our schedule is subject to change, so please let us know what classes you might be interested in so we can assure everyone has a spot.
Winter 2022 Schedule: 

In-person Expert Film starts 01/12 and finishes 03/30 (twelve weeks) and is at 10:30am Wednesdays (90 minutes)

In-person Intro to Photography starts 01/13 and finishes 03/31 (twelve weeks) and is at 10:30am Thursdays (90 minutes)
Virtual Cooking - TV and Movies starts 01/10 and finishes 03/28 (twelve weeks) and is at 4:30pm Mondays (90 minutes)

In-person Intro to Cooking Tuesday starts 01/11 and finishes 03/29 (twelve weeks) and is at 4:30pm Tuesdays (90 Minutes)

In-person Advanced Cooking Wednesday starts 01/12 and finishes 03/30 (twelve weeks) and is at 4:30pm Wednesdays (90 minutes)

In-person Intro to Cooking Friday starts 01/14 and finishes 04/01 (twelve weeks) and is at 10:30am Fridays (90 Minutes)

In-person International Cooking Saturday starts 01/15 and finishes 04/02 (twelve weeks) and is at 10:30am Saturdays (90 minutes)

Virtual Intro to Art starts 01/11 and finishes 03/29 (eleven weeks) and is at 1:00pm Tuesdays (120 minutes) Note - There will be no class 02/22

Virtual Advanced Art 2 starts 01/11 and finishes 03/29 (eleven weeks) and is at 4:00pm Tuesdays (120 minutes) Note - There will be no class 02/22

Virtual Advanced Art 1 starts 01/12 and finishes 03/30 (ten weeks) and is at 4:00pm Wednesdays (120 minutes) Note - There will be no class 02/23

Virtual Expert Art 1 starts 01/13 and finishes 03/31 (eleven weeks) and is at 4:00pm Thursdays (120 minutes) Note - There will be no class 02/24

In-person Intro to Art Saturday starts 01/15 and finishes 04/02 (twelve weeks) and is at 10:00am Saturdays (120 minutes)

Contact Information
(201) 953-4546
Contact Email:
Campus Location: 233 Horseneck Rd, Fairfield NJ 07004


NJAPSE Free Training!
Employment First NJ: Where Do We Go from Here?
Presented by: David Hoff

Tuesday, November 16th 10:00am - 12:00pm

David Hoff is a nationally recognized expert on employment of people
with disabilities and related issues, with broad knowledge at both a
policy and practice level, focusing on full inclusion of people with disabilities into mainstream society. A primary focus of his work is on employment and economic inclusion, with expertise on a wide variety of partitioner issues, with a particular interest in the impact of public policy on service practices and the lives of individuals
Register in advance for this meeting
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NJAPSE is a state chapter of the national APSE Organization. We support Employment First initiatives to promote fill inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community. Our organization values diverse representation including service providers, employers, community members, individuals with disabilities, policy makers, educations, and family members
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Planning Resources:
New Jersey Human Services
Applications Open Now for Excluded New Jerseyans Fund
Applications are now open for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF) cash assistance program at
“Eligible individuals will be able to apply for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund and start the process to get this critical assistance,” Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman said. “If you did not receive federal stimulus checks and pandemic unemployment assistance, you may be eligible. If you were impacted by COVID and struggled to pay for basic needs including housing, you may be eligible. Visit our website, find out if you are eligible and apply today."
The $40 million ENJF program will provide a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households that suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from federal stimulus checks and COVID-19 related unemployment assistance.          
This includes undocumented individuals, residents returning from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded from pandemic-related financial help.
Households with annual incomes of up to $55,000 with a documented hardship or lost income due to COVID-19 can apply for this assistance. Eligible applicants will receive a benefit of up to $1,000 per eligible individual and a max of $2,000 per household.
Applications will be processed in the order they are received and until funds are exhausted.
The ENJF program is run by the Department’s Office of New Americans (ONA).
“We are glad we can extend this assistance to individuals who need it,” Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira said. “Eligibility requirements are on the website. "We continue to encourage potential applicants to check if they are eligible and apply.”
“This assistance will be available until funds run out so we urge individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for these benefits and who can provide the required documentation to apply once the application opens” said ONA Director Johanna Calle.
Get ready - income limits for some important programs that serve older adults and individuals with disabilities are increasing soon.
Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the income limits to qualify for the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD), Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled programs (HAAAD), Lifeline Utility Assistance and the Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program will increase by $10,000. This means more people will potentially qualify for these programs. 
Individuals who are 65 and older and adults with disabilities can apply now through the NJSave online application or by calling 1-800-792-9745

Human Services Announces Mobile App for Residents Receiving Food and Income Assistance Benefits
Human Services announced individuals enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) General Assistance (GA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can now download the ConnectEBT mobile app to manage their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards on their mobile devices.
Recipients can use the ConnectEBT app to check their balance, review up to 12 months of transaction history, confirm their last benefit deposit and change their PIN. The mobile app is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
“This is another step to make SNAP and income assistance benefit information more accessible for NJ families. Through this app they can check their balance on the go and will have other helpful information regarding their benefits at their fingertips” Acting Commissioner Adelman said.
“Individuals can currently check some of this information online or by calling a customer service hotline and now the app provides another quick way for families enrolled in these programs to check balances, change their PIN and check receipt of new benefits at any time,” Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira said.
“We encourage families enrolled in these programs to download the free app which is already available and get quick and easy access to their benefit details” said Human Services Assistant Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who directs the Division of Family Development, which oversees NJ SNAP and WFNJ.
This is the latest effort by the Department to extend digital services to program recipients.
Last year, the Department launched online grocery shopping for SNAP recipients. Recipients can now use their EBT cards to grocery shop online at the following retailers: Amazon, participating Walmarts, ShopRites, The Fresh Grocers, ALDIs, Stop & Shop, Food Bazaar,  Super Foodtown stores in Port Monmouth, Red Bank, Ocean, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Girt, and BJ’s Wholesale Club, which is the latest company to make online grocery shopping available to SNAP recipients in the state.

Extra Food Assistance Continues

Meanwhile, the 447,000 New Jersey households who receive food assistance through SNAP received $79.1 million in total extra benefits in October. Human Services has been providing NJ SNAP households with maximum benefits since March 2020 when the pandemic began.
Human Services has now distributed about $1.1 billion in supplemental monthly SNAP payments to households since March 2020. The assistance will also continue in November.
NJ SNAP-Ed, a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a nutrition and physical activity program aimed at helping residents how to make healthy, budget-friendly food choices and lead more active lives.
Learn more: Eat Healthy | Be Active
Health & Wellness:
NJ Department of Health
For questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to you, call2-1-1.
For live text assistance, text: NJCOVID to 898-211.

State of New Jersey

Pfizer Boosters Available at Vaccination Locations
Booster shots are now available for all Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial two-shot course at least six months ago and who are:
  • 65 or older
  • A long-term care resident
  • An adult with underlying medical conditions
  • An adult at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their job or living situation
If you are eligible for a Pfizer booster, you can find a vaccination site near you at
The CDC is evaluating the available data to make additional recommendations for people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as for other groups of people. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

For questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to you, call2-1-1.
For live text assistance, text: NJCOVID to 898-211.

NJ COVID-19 Updates
Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and new data suggesting that the COVID-19 Delta variant is more transmissible among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, New Jersey is now strongly recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear face masks in indoor settings when:
  • The space is crowded
  • There is close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • The vaccine status of other individuals is unknown
  • Individuals that are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease are present Mask Up
NJ Department of Health
In-Home COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

The NJ Department of Health has begun accepting requests for in-home COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment by completing a form at: 

For assistance completing the survey by phone, please call the NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545. 
 After you submit the completed form, the Department of Health will share information with a home health agency, local health department, or other vaccination providers and you will be contacted to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment.
You can read more about the program at this website: 
In order to receive protection as soon as possible, if you are able to safely attend a medical appointment outside the home, we encourage you to book an appointment at an open vaccination site if an opportunity occurs before an in-home appointment is made available to you.

Peri L. Nearon, MPA
Executive Director, Division of Disability Services

Contacts: NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222. Email us at with questions or requests for additional information.

Vaccines are available for FREE to everyone in New Jersey

Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey can now get their COVID-19 vaccine. When we say everyone, we mean EVERYONE – even fans of the New England Patriots.
COVID-19 vaccines are FREE, and you can get vaccinated whether you have insurance or not and regardless of your documentation status.
Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having an ID.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is easy.
P.S. If you've decided to get one and just need to choose where to do it:
Know someone who needs to get vaccinated? Share this message with your friends and family.
Fun Things To Do:
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Disability Social Hour

Designed for adults with special needs (21 and up) to meet new people, as well as explore fun and interesting activities.
Friday, November 12
11:00am - 12:00pm
North Plainfield branch -Program Room
Christal Blue Branch manager
Phone: 908-458-8435

Access for All
Zumba with Shay

Come join one of our members as Shay and her backup dancers showcase their ABILITIES on Friday 11/12 @ 7pm, at Mahwah Senior Ctr
Please RSVP to by 11/8.
Even if you don't want to Zumba, please come to socialize and cheer on your fellow members.
Access for All provides Mahwah and surrounding town‘s residents of every age (children, adults & seniors), a dedicated and community-focused commission to serve those with special needs, developmental disabilities, and physical access needs so that they can participate, to the fullest extent possible, in everyday activities in the Community.

Epilepsy Services of New Jersey

Our affiliate, Epilepsy Services of New Jersey, has two more amazing events coming up. All funds raised at the event directly supports ESNJ's programs and services.