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Governmental Affairs Update
By: Sharon Levine, Director of  Governmental Affairs and Communication

The Arc of New Jersey, in our second year as Chair of the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage, advocated for increased wages in the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for the state's Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at the Department of Human Services Budget Listening Session on December 1. The Coalition is continuing year two of its five-year campaign to increase salaries by $1.25 an hour for the hardworking staff who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the workforce. If you have not done so already, please be sure to follow the Coalition for news and updates on both Facebook and Twitter In addition to our ongoing Budget work, To Continue Reading Click Here.

Common Modifications and Accommodations
There are many ways in which a teacher can help a child with learning and attention issues, succeed in school. Here are some common  accommodations and modifications  to discuss with the school as possible options for your child.

Mission to Transition

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: 
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Many high school students with disabilities plan to continue their education in postsecondary schools. Their options include, vocational and career schools, two-and-four year colleges and universities. It's important to stay informed of your opportunities as well as the accommodations available to your student.

Show Your Support For The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute This Holiday Season

In 2017, The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute responded to more than 3,076 requests for assistance from families struggling to care for a family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through our advocacy, they received the help they needed to access critically needed supports and services. 

Today, we're launching our 2017 Year-End Campaign.  Our goal is to help an additional 3000 mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings get the resources they need to care for their family member with I/DD, and find a way to get their lives back on track.  You see, even though we helped more than 3,000 families last year, there are still tens of thousands that we couldn't help, because we don't have the resources to do so.
That's why our goal for this campaign is to raise $10,000 by December 31st.  If we raise that amount, we'll be able to provide resources and direct advocacy for 3000 more families in the coming year.  But we need the help of all our community partners to make it happen.
Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal and assist 3,000 more families access the supports they so desperately need?
We simply can't do it without you.  Join us in making a real, lasting impact in the lives of those who are still in need.

Navigating the System
Do You Need Help Navigating the System?
Are you a caregiver, individual or professional in need of help navigating the system? The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute can assist you. 
Road to Employment

The Arc of Hunterdon County's Vocational Program
The Arc of Hunterdon's  Supported Employment Department enables people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work and contribute to society. It assumes that all individuals regardless of the nature or extent of their disability deserve the opportunity and support to work in the community.

The Arc of Hunterdon seeks to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site. The program focus on a person's 

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