March 2019
The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute provides caregivers with the necessary resources and education to access the appropriate supports and services for their loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability.
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Governmental Affairs Update

The Arc of New Jersey is happy to report that the full Assembly recently passed two pieces of legislation supported by our organization. This includes, A4482 which establishes a "Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Violence Against Persons with Developmental Disabilities" and A4547 which requires collection and reporting of information concerning crimes against the elderly and people with disabilities. These bills will now head to the Senate where they will need to be voted on in Committee and then by the full body before they can move to the Governor’s Desk for his signature or veto. The Arc of
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to educate others on the spectrum of abilities people with I/DD possess. For example, some disabilities are visible (a person who uses a wheelchair or crutches to ambulate), while other disabilities may not be easily recognized or seen by the eye (cognitive challenges that affect the way a person speaks, learns, or interacts with others). 

Last Month, Governor Murphy signed legislation that updated the State Learning Standards by including instruction on the "political, economic social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people" for middle school and high school students."
Mission to Transition

The below PowerPoint from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides important information for your loved one with I/DD i f they are in the process of, or one day will be moving out on their own.
Navigating the System

PerformCare is Now Accepting Requests for Summer Camp Financial Assistance. 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 by clicking below.
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Save the date and mark your calendar for these upcoming events. Click the picture to the left to visit our calendar.
Road to Employment
Paving the Way: Parent Tips for Supporting Success in High School and Beyond
High school can be both an exciting and overwhelming time for students and their parents. There are increased academic, social, and extracurricular expectations, as well as exciting opportunities for students to spread their wings.
Our new website is up and ready!
DD Training Resources is a new online database, funded by a grant from The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and run by The Arc of New Jersey's Family Institute. It provides a wide range of information about trainings and support resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the State of New Jersey.
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