Your one stop shop for news and events going on in the disability community in New Jersey!
Educational Resources:
Peaceful Potato Yoga LLC
Yoga Classes, Art Classes, & Cooking Classes
Serving all of NJ through DDD With Public Partnership

Certified in all areas, master’s in special education
10 years’ experience in the special needs field
(All Classes Are Virtual on Zoom)
Contact Kristen for More Info At Peacefulpotatoyoga@Gmail.Com
Or 201-575-0291

Planning Resources:
Friends of Cyrus is opening several homes in Cherry Hill, NJ!
 These homes will be staffed 24/7 with well-trained, compassionate Direct Support Professionals who are dedicated to providing the best support services to your loved one.
 With the help of our amazing Direct Support staff, FOC residents enjoy regular community outings, group activities in the home, and exercises that boost self-esteem and independence.
Friends of Cyrus is Hiring
Are you looking for a meaningful and rewarding job that makes a direct impact on the lives of adults with disabilities?
Friends of Cyrus has a number of Direct Support and Administrative positions available throughout the state of New Jersey

Competitive pay rates
dependent on level of experience

Friends of Cyrus is a Human Services agency that provides community-based residential programs, in-home support services, and day habilitation services to New Jersey’s developmentally disabled adults. Since its inception, Friends of Cyrus has operated with an unwavering mission in mind: to create a haven of lifetime support options for individuals with disabilities. Friends of Cyrus currently supports over 120 adults throughout Burlington and Middlesex Counties with a focus on fostering independence, dignity, privacy, choice, and individuality.

Virtual Community Forum:
Alzheimer’s Association, NJ Division of Aging Services, The Family Resource Network Caregivers of NJ, and United Way of Northern NJ Caregivers Coalition
Helping New Jersey Caregivers and Neighbors Connect to Resources
Thursday, December 9, 2021
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Zoom link provided upon registration at or Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900.
Register to join the Alzheimer’s Association, NJ Division of Aging Services, The Family Resource Network Caregivers of NJ, and United Way of Northern NJ Caregivers Coalition for a special statewide Community Forum focused on supporting New Jersey family caregivers. 

Department of Human Services
Budget Listening Session

Tuesday, December 7 at 10 AM
New Jerseyans can offer verbal or written testimony to inform the Department of Human Services budget discussions for 2022-23. Written testimony encouraged.
To accommodate as many speakers as possible, verbal testimony can be no more than 3 minutes.
Email for a time slot reservation. Include your full name, phone number and organization. if applicable. Sign language and captioning will be provided Please note any other accommodations needed to participate.

Your voice is needed on NJ Workability bills A5262 and S3455

NJAPSE has been advocating for five changes to eligibility requirements of NJ WorkAbility:
1. The removal of the unearned income limit
2. The removal of the earned income limit.
3. The removal of the current upper-age limit of 64.
4. Continued coverage for 12 months following a job loss.
5. The exclusion of spousal income and resources in the applicant's eligibility determination.
Two amendments in A5262 must be removed so that the bill is identical to its companion S3455.
The letter in this link/QR code explains reasons for amendment removals. please use the LINK or QR code to send your message of support for the Workability bills! Your message to the governor should be directed to Human Services and you can share your experiences as well.
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.

Everyone ages 5 and older can get a free COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine location near you.
COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5+ meet the same rigorous standards as other routine vaccines that protect your child from diseases.
Vaccination is important because it can help:
  • Bring back sports, playdates, and activities
  • Protect family members and those who can’t get vaccinated
  • Prevent serious health issues such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome
  • Keep kids in school for in-person learning
  • Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools and communities
·        End the pandemic and return to normal activities

Fun Things To Do:
2021 Jingle All the Way 3K®

Jingle All The Way 3K® brings people with and without disabilities together to kick off the holiday season! Hundreds of sprinters, joggers and strollers brave the cold in support of thousands of Special Olympics athletes across the state.
Sign up to participate in person on Sunday, December 5, 2021, or to participate virtually and complete your 3K or 1K anywhere or any time between November 28 and December 5. You can share your results here, but tracking your time is not required!
All participants will receive a t-shirt, race bib and finisher medal. Fundraise to earn additional incentives!
In-person event will take place at Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex, 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.