September 2018
The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute is dedicated to providing the resources and referrals necessary to navigate through the system of care. We provide timely information and work to bridge the gap between service changes and families.
Quick Links
Join the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage
The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage is committed to increasing salaries for the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce who provide the hands-on assistance to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). DSPs are the key to community integration for people with I/DD and we urge you to support the Coalition's advocacy efforts on this important issue.

To learn more about the Coalition, visit the website . Once there, you can sign up to receive updates and action alerts. Don't forget to follow the Coalition on Facebook and Twitter .
Coming Soon: 2018 Get Out the Vote Guide
This November, New Jersey residents will head to the polls to elect a US Senator and a member of Congress who will represent your local district. Before you head to the polls, make sure you check out our 2018 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Guide. This publication is a great resource for families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We are putting the final touches on the publication and will make it available to you as soon as it's done. In the meantime, check out our GOTV website and check back often to download your copy before Election Day on November 6, 2018!
EdgeUcation
Restraint and Seclusion Guidance for Students with Disabilities 
In January 2018, Public Law 2017, Chapter 291 was signed into law, establishing certain requirements for the use of restraint and seclusion with students with disabilities in school districts, educational services commissions (ESCs), and approved private schools for students with disabilities (APSSDs). The law sets forth criteria to which schools must adhere when employing the use of physical restraints and seclusion techniques on students with disabilities.

U.S. Senate Candidate Disability Forum
Presented by ACI and REV UP NJ, and funded by Disability Rights New Jersey through their PAVA Program, this is  a  non-partisan event for candidates and voters to come together to discuss important issues facing the disability community. Open to the public!
Mission to Transition

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!
Navigating the System

Five Fast Facts for Friday is our new social media campaign. Every Friday we will post five facts about a topic, organization or program that help children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To follow the campaign live, follow us on   Twitter   and like us on   Facebook .
Upcoming Events
Save the date and mark your calendar for these upcoming events. Click the picture to the right to visit our calendar.
Road to Employment
Calling all students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
College programs can often help a student prepare for employment. However, too often students with intellectual and developmental disabilities aren't encouraged to consider college for their future. The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute wants to change that. With the right services and supports in place, many young adults can successfully attend college and graduate with a degree. 

The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute invites you and your student to tour the different college programs offered throughout the state for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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