Seeking Imput For Next Five-Year Plan
Council on Developmental Disabilities operates under a five-year
planning structure, which it adjusts annually. Members discuss and
define priority areas and focus activities around achieving the
goals outlined in the operational plan. The Council meets these
goals through the planning and implementation of in-house projects
and on-going programs and partnerships, as well as by awarding grants
to innovative programs and organizations throughout the state.
Councils planning cycle for 2011-2016 draws to a close, we’re working
on developing our next 5-Year Plan for 2017-2021. The Council is
seeking wide ranging input on the goals we have developed. We would
be very grateful if you would review these, and give us your feedback.
Please visit www.njcdd.org
to view the preliminary listing of goals, and possible implementation
strategies for that plan.
send any comments or thoughts you might have by email to email@example.com,
or by letter to Kevin Casey, Executive Director, PO Box 700, Trenton,
New Jersey 08625-0700.
Council will consider your input and discuss these goals at our
May 26th, and July 28th Council meetings. We will receive input
until June 10th, 2016. Please feel free to spread the word to others
who you feel might be interested providing feedback
Loved Ones & Caregivers of Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia,
Schizoaffective Disorder, or Bipolar Disorder
study is currently recruiting for a study of the effects of various
family support programs for those with loved ones with mental illness.
- Residing in the New Jersey, New York, or Philadelphia area
- Access to computer or tablet with internet
- Participants and their loved ones must be over the age of 18 and
be in contact with each other 2-3x per week or living together
- Study involves 3 phone questionnaire appointments
- Participants receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card per phone questionnaire
For more information
or to sign up as a participant, please contact study research assistant:
Victoria Martin, Rutgers UBHC, 151 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway
Tel: 908 705 5413 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elections at a Glance
of Women Voters of New Jersey has developed this New Jersey Primary
Election Guide at a Glance to help answer questions about the primary
election system. The Guide includes Information about changing your
party affiliation, voter registration, closed primaries and more.
Forums Regarding The New State Plan for Independent Living
The New Jersey Statewide
Independent Living Council (NJSILC), in conjunction with the Directors
of Centers for Independent Living, the NJ Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually
Impaired, has drafted a new three year State Plan for Independent
Living (SPIL). Feedback is invited from IL consumers, their families,
advocates, service providers and other interested parties, especially
regarding SPIL goals; underserved areas/populations; and expansion
of the CIL Network should additional funding become available.
Public forums will be
conducted from 12:00 pm to 2:00 p.m. on April 25 and 26, 2016 at
Monday, April 25 – Heightened Independence & Progress-Bergen,
131 Main Street, Suite 120, Hackensack, NJ
Tuesday, April 26 – Alliance Center for Independence, 629 Amboy
Avenue, Lower Level, Edison, NJ
These sites are physically
accessible. If you require other accommodations, such as deaf language
interpreters, you must email or call the SILC Coordinator with your
request by April 8. After that, time may be too short to arrange
Feedback may also be
given via letter, email and telephone from April 25 through the
Letter: please mail to:
NJSILC Coordinator, 25 Caroline Drive, South River, NJ 08882
Email: please send to: SILC Coordinator to email@example.com
Phone: please call the Coordinator at 732-254-2484 M-F between 9
a.m. and 7 p.m. to dictate your remarks (if no one is available,
your call will be returned if you leave your name and number)
Letters, emails and calls MUST be received by 4/29/16 in order to
be included in the Forum report that will be sent to the Council
and CIL Directors for their final review of the new State Plan.
To read the draft State
Plan for Independent Living, please go to the NJSILC website or,
to review a hard copy, visit or call your local Center for Independent
Living. The NJSILC website address is http://www.njsilc.org
The home page will describe how to access the electronic version
of the Plan and can also direct you to contact information for each
of the State’s Centers for Independent Living.
If you plan to attend
a Forum, please tell the Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-254-2484)
and, if possible, bring a written copy of your remarks for the record;
however, neither advance notice nor a written commentary are required
for you to participate. Just join us if you can!
Family Support Camp Funding Assistance
of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), which serves adults 21 years
of age and older, is now accepting requests for financial assistance
toward the 2016 summer camp session. Requests must be submitted
to the individual's case manager or support coordinator by Monday,
May 2, 2016.
here to review DDD's "2016 Family Support Camp Funding
Assistance" fact sheet which includes eligibility requirements
and how to request funding.
Films at Sproutflix
has added new films to their catalogue.
Humans of San Jose: Wataru
Kubo 3 min. documentary
A mini-documentary on the thoughts of the filmmaker’s brother Wataru
Kubo, who has autism.
Freefall 5 min. documentary
Lovely, simple, and compelling, this film highlights the work of
a dance company consisting of people with intellectual disabilities.
Fixing Luka 11 min. animation
A stop-motion short, inspired from the filmmaker’s experiences of
growing up with a younger brother with autism.
Needs Assessment Family Survey
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities is applying for a
training program for future health care providers called a Leadership
Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. As
part of this application, they would like to invite families of
children and young adults with developmental disabilities to complete
a brief survey about their experiences accessing health care and
other services. The results will be used to ensure that the proposal
reflects the needs of families in New Jersey. The survey will take
about 10 minutes or less to complete.
The LEND Needs Assessment Family Survey can be accessed using the
Feel free to contact Susan Ellien via email (email@example.com)
or phone (732-235-9320) with any questions.
Opportunity: Transition Experience of Young Adults with Intellectual
and Developmental Disabilities
The Boggs Center on Developmental
Disabilities is conducting a research project about the transition
experience of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
who recently graduated from high school. They are looking for young
adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who graduated
between 2008 - 2014 and/or their families to share their experiences.
In order to participate
you must be:
• An individual with an intellectual or developmental disability
(I/DD) who graduated from a New Jersey School between 2008 - 2014
or a family member of a 2008-2014 graduate with I/DD.
• Able to participate in a phone interview, scheduled based on your
If you are interested
in being interviewed, please contact Carrie Coffield at (732) 235-9329
or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule the phone interview.
The interview may take up to one hour to complete.
Mobile Resources To Support Behavioral Health
SAMHSA has resources
that can help address some of the toughest mental health and substance
use challenges, including suicide prevention, bullying prevention,
behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention.
- Suicide Safe
helps health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies
into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying
and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and
educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids ages 3 to 18.
- SAMHSA Disaster
App provides responders with access to critical resources—like
Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care—and SAMHSA's Behavioral
Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support
to survivors after a disaster.
They Hear You is an interactive game that can help parents and
caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations
they may ever have with children—underage drinking.
Offers Information Guides on Disability Benefits, Programs, and
reliable disability-related information and resources can be time
consuming. That's why Disability.gov has developed a series of 14
guides about topics such as disability benefits, housing assistance,
job training programs, and financial help for families with low
incomes. Other guides cover services that promote independence for
people with disabilities such as home health care, programs for
caregivers, assistive technology, and more.
Each guide begins with a series of “quick links” that answer many
frequently asked questions. Disability.gov’s Guides to Information
& Resources also connect you to information about local organizations
that offer programs and services that promote the inclusion and
full participation of people with disabilities in their communities.
To learn more, visit http://www.Disability.gov.
Services Company Charged with Discrimination for Refusing to Provide
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged ValleyLife of
Phoenix, AZ with disability discrimination under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). ValleyLife allegedly fired employees with
disabilities instead of providing them with reasonable accommodations
when they ran out of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The company also allegedly didn't keep employees' medical records
Call Line Dedicated to Help People Coping with Opiate Addiction
MHANJ's new call line, NJ Connect for Recovery, is dedicated to
providing counseling to people who are coping with addiction to
heroin or prescription drugs and their family members. Please help
us raise awareness of this valuable service by forwarding this message
to friends, family members and constituents. For more information,
go to http://www.njconnectforrecovery.org/material
Inclusion Campaign Website Launched
Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), Education Law Center (ELC), the New Jersey
Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) and other advocates launched
“The Inclusion Campaign” (http://www.inclusioncampaign.org)
website. The website is a resource for families, educators and other
advocates regarding the landmark 2013 legal settlement with the
New Jersey Department of Education to educate more of the state’s
students with disabilities in an inclusive environment.
For more information,
contact: Gregory Joseph, 646-346-4289, email@example.com
Administration Releases Emergency Preparedness Videos
Administration recently released a series of emergency preparedness
videos designed primarily for people who are Deaf. The videos provide
essential information in American Sign Language, with captioning,
on a variety of readiness issues. The project was funded through
a Federal Emergency Management Agency Subgrant from the New Jersey
Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to the Department of Human
Services’ (DHS) Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH).