May 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

Last month, The Arc of New Jersey and representatives from local County Chapters headed to Washington for the Disability Policy Seminar and to advocate on the Hill with the state's federal lawmakers and their legislative staff. The Arc of New Jersey, along with First Vice President Kevin Sturges, was joined by families, self-advocates and representatives from local County Chapters including Bergen & Passaic, Camden, Warren and Union. This trip gives individuals with I/DD and their families the chance to share their personal stories with decision-makers in Washington. Topics included the importance
New Jersey Partners in Policymaking 
Now Accepting Applications

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking (PIP) is a free 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over age 18), family members of children with developmental disabilities and transition age youth with developmental disabilities. The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.
EdgeUcation

2017-18 School Performance Reports Are Available
Recently, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) publicly released 2017-18 School Performance Reports on the NJDOE  website . Communities are encouraged to use these reports to learn more, start conversations, and engage.
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30th Annual Conference on Medical Care for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

The conference brochure for The Arc of NJ's 30th Annual Conference on Medical Care is now available.  Click here   to download your copy. The Conference will take place on Friday, May 31 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village and is intended for everyone who is concerned about providing quality health care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you have any questions, contact Jenn Lynch at JLynch@arcnj.org or 732-784-6397.
Join the Coalition for DSP Living Wage on  Monday, May 13 from 10:00am—1:00pm  for a rally in front of the NJ State House Annex in Trenton to tell Governor Murphy and the Legislature that $54-million is needed in FY2020 to secure a competitive DSP starting wage that’s 25% above minimum wage.

A HUGE turnout would make a strong statement to lawmakers that NJ must #PayFair4DirectCare in FY2020.

Date/Time : Monday, May 13 th  10:00am-1:00pm, held Rain* or Shine *Rain ponchos will be provided in the event of inclement weather
 

Click here  for more details.
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.
We welcome your feedback on our new DD Training Resources website!

Mission to Transition

Charting the Life Course Guide
Charting the Life Course is a framework that was developed to help individuals with disabilities and families at any age or stage of life think about what they need to know, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.
Navigating the System

What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?
The main difference between Social Security Disability (SSD, or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the fact that SSD is available to workers who have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits, while SSI disability benefits are available to low-income individuals who have either never worked or who haven't earned enough work credits to qualify for SSD.
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Road to Employment
Plan To Achieve Self Support (PASS)
The Social Security Administration has adopted a series of work incentives with a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS). Including the retention of benefits while starting a business. Individuals receiving SSI may be able to acquire capital for small business start-up through a PASS. A business plan is required. Contact a PASS specialist at your local Social Security Office.
PASS Proposals Social Security Administration.
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