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

Throughout the month of May, The Arc of New Jersey met one-on-one with legislators, attended hearings and promoted action alerts in our continued advocacy to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals in the FY19 Budget. As Chair of the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage,

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Mission to Transition

New Go Bag: A Step by Step Process to DDD Eligibility Go Bag
The Go Bag was created to help you be the best ADVOCATE you can be for your loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability.  A Go Bag is a simple collection of necessary resources about a specific topic. The topics will vary but the message is the same. Be Prepared!

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An important message from our Mainstreaming Medical Care Program

Disabled Adult Child (DAC) Update
Dear Colleague,

Our program has disseminated information in the past about Section 1634 of the Social Security Act, which explains who is eligible to have Medicaid again after a Disabled Adult Child (DAC) -- who previously had SSI -- starts to receive a different Social Security benefit due to the retirement, disability, or death of a parent.

It has come to our attention that some families have recently been told

Navigating the System
Do you have questions about how or if your loved with an intellectual or developmental disability can register to vote? Need more information about the registration and voting process, how to access information or how you can become involved? Visit our website for more information. 

Election Day Hotline for Voters with Disabilities - Save this Number
On Primary Election Day, June 5, 2018,
Disability Rights New Jersey will have attorneys available by telephone to answer your questions concerning any disability-related voting problem you might experience.

  (800) 922-7233
TTY:  (609) 633-7106


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. 
New Jersey Partners in Policymaking (PIP)

PIP is Now Accepting Applications for 2018. Deadline: July 15, 2018

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking  is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over age 18) and family members of children and transition age youth. PIP is available through The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.

Road to Employment

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can be provided to  students with disabilities between the ages of 14-24. P re-ETS consists of the following:
  1. Job exploration counseling
  2. Counseling and guidance services on comprehensive transition, vocational training, industry-recognized credential programs, and post-secondary school training
  3. Work-based learning experiences, internships, and apprenticeships
  4. Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living skills
  5. Instruction in self-advocacy
These services are available throughout the calendar year to all students with disabilities, including students who are home-schooled.

Letter to transitioning students, family members and school personnel from the DVRS Director
Pre-employment Transition Service Referral Form

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