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June News & Updates
Lifeline & Affordable Connectivity Program

The Lifeline program and the Affordable Connectivity Program help make phone and internet service more affordable for low-income individuals. Eligible individuals also qualify for a free smartphone through the Lifeline program. If you participate in certain assistance programs like Medicaid, NJ SNAP or SSI, you automatically qualify for both federal programs.

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NJ Department of Human Services Announces New Help Line for Caregivers of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Caregivers Can Call 833-NJ-ADULT (833-652-3858) Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. DAILY.

Callers receive support from a parent of an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities – someone whos understanding comes form similar experiences.

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College Options for Students with I/DD!
Too often students with intellectual and developmental disabilities aren't encouraged to consider college for their future.

Below are some of the College programs: 

Bergen Community College: Turning Point
Brookdale: CATCH program through the Arc of Monmouth
Camden – Garden State Pathway
Raritan Valley Community – Achievement Program
Mercer – Dream program
Rowan – Adult Center For Transition
Sussex – LACE
TCNJ – Career and Community Studies program
County College of Morris and Kean offer the college steps program (18-21yrs old)
Click HERE to learn about the many college options in NJ and contact your Support Coordinator to learn about enrollment. 

Ross's Success Story
By Rachel Baldwin
Support Coordinator

The journey of self-discovery and transformation that leads to greater independence is exactly why I love being a Support Coordinator. As part of Ross’ dedicated support system, I have watched him grow and thrive.

Getting to know him and understanding what he wants out of life has helped me work with Ross and his tremendously supportive mom to put together a team that is assisting Ross to reach new heights.

In the spring of 2021 Ross obtained a part-time job as a ride operator at Six Flags Great Adventure. Ross was rehired for the 2022 season and is now receiving supported employment services and transportation to work that are being paid for through his DDD Supports budget.

Ross has gained a great deal of independence over the last year, which has prompted him and his support team to begin the process of obtaining a housing subsidy. Ross was thrilled to hear about the different possibilities and has been working closely with his support team to find his dream apartment! It has been a joy guiding Ross in identifying and coordinating services to live his best life.
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