Hard Times Harder" Report Outlines Need for Accommodations
for Inmates with Disabilities
As many as 31 percent of U.S. inmates in state prisons report having
at least one disability. Inmates with disabilities often spend more
time in prison, under harsher conditions, than inmates without disabilities.
The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison
Project (a project of Disability Rights Washington) released the
report, "Making Hard Time Harder". This report outlines
the lack of accommodations for inmates with disabilities across
From individual assistance
to large scale federal litigation, these case summaries demonstrate
the breadth and depth of work by P&As in prisons, and demonstrate
that despite the passage of the ADA over two decades ago, much state
prison work remains to be done.
More case studies, videos,
and the full report are available at http://www.avidprisonproject.org,
where original interviews with inmates with disabilities and experts
on disability issues in correctional settings, can be accessed.
Crisis Handbook Input Needed
Crisis Assessment Response and Enhanced Services (CARES) Program
is in the process of updating the Family Crisis Handbook to include
the perspectives of self-advocates, crisis workers, families, and
direct service professionals. The updated Handbook will also include
material relevant for children and youth with dual diagnosis (MI/DD).
Several surveys are posted on survey monkey. You can help by:
1) Filling out the appropriate
2) Encouraging staff,
consumers and family members to fill out the relevant survey. Deadline
is June 30th.
For more information,
contact Julie Sorrell, Behaviorist at Community Access Unlimited
Phone No.: (908) 354-3040 x361 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NJ Housing Choice Vouchers Available
The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Division of Housing
and Community Resources (DHCR) will be accepting pre-applications
on line for 10,100 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) in all twenty-one
(21) New Jersey Counties beginning on Monday, June 13th at 9:00
am. For more information please click on the link below:
Seeking Input 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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).