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

The month of March will be a very busy legislative time for The Arc of New Jersey. On the 5th, the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Network and The Arc of New Jersey were at the State House in Trenton to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This event was an opportunity to

Mission to Transition

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Talking to Children about the Shooting

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The recent shooting has evoked many
emotions such as sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety, and anger. Children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings about the stories and images of the shooting may turn to trusted adults for help and guidance. Click the picture above to learn more about communicating with your children about school shootings.
Navigating the System
The New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC)  within the Department of Children and Families (DCF) which serves youth up to age 21, is now accepting requests from families for financial assistance toward the 2018 summer camp session.  Requests MUST be postmarked or received by PerformCare no later than April 30, 2018. 

The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute developed a checklist and guide to help families with the application process. Links, dates and other important information can be found within the materials below.

Please note: Individuals 21 years of age and older are served by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Information on summer camp assistance through DDD has not yet been published. For more information about summer camp assistance through DDD, contact your case manager or support coordinator. 


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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 Camp Jaycee
Meet Camp Jaycee
Meet Camp Jaycee

Camp Jaycee is a residential summer camp for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Campers will enjoy a variety of  activities  which include games, sports, swimming, boating, crafts, dance and nature.

Camp Jaycee features an active, diverse program that includes swimming, boating, dance and movement, sports and games, arts and crafts, music and singing, and nature education. Program sites include a large recreation building with a stage, an arts and crafts building, a music hall, a nature hut and full athletic facilities.

Camp Jaycee is a qualified camp provider for both PerformCare and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Click HERE for more information.
Introducing the Supporting Siblings Project
 
The relationship between siblings can play a very important role in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As they care for their brother or sister with I/DD they are often overlooked as needing support themselves. Supporting siblings can help ease anxiety and make them feel comfortable in their role as a caregiver. 

With this in mind, The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute created the Supporting Siblings Project. This initiative provides parents and organizations with the tools needed to support siblings  in their role as a caregiver and offers siblings resources and community support. Please click HERE for more information.
Road to Employment

CAP is a federally funded program that advocates for and protects the rights of individuals with disabilities who are seeking or receiving rehabilitation services. CAP assists individuals with disabilities receiving  services from:
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS);
  • Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI);
  • Centers for Independent Living; and
  • other rehabilitation projects and programs.
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