January 2019
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.
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Governmental Affairs Update
Last month, The Arc of New Jersey testified at the Department of Human Services (DHS) Budget
Listening Session about funding priorities for people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Held on December 5, the Listening Session was an
opportunity to communicate with DHS Commissioner Johnson and senior members of her team
about the Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget. As a member of the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage, The Arc of New Jersey focused our testimony on the ongoing Direct Support Professional workforce crisis. In addition,
The Supporting Siblings Project
The relationship between siblings plays a very important role in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is the longest relationship brothers and sisters will share and will out last that of the parent child relationship. However, siblings are often overlooked as needing support themselves. 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 throughout their life and offers siblings resources and community support.

Five Fast Facts for Friday is our social media campaign. Every Friday we 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, Instagram  and  Facebook .
Navigating the System

At 18, all individuals, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), reach the legal age of majority. This means that a parent can no longer make decisions legally on behalf of their child. Most people with I/DD can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from others, such as family and friends. However if guardianship is necessary, it should be tailored to the person’s needs.
Upcoming Events
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Road to Employment
The mission of the  New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services  (DVRS) is to enable eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve an employment outcome consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities.
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