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Webinars and Seminars

  • REMINDER!
    Next LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session is Tuesday, 9/26

    This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

    Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

    Dates/Times:
    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Join us as we discuss the importance of self advocacy and planning for adult life.

  • A grandparent’s support is invaluable to a family caring for a child with a disability. As the financial and legal issues facing the family change over time, grandparents can help bolster a long-term plan for the grandchild’s care that will have long-lasting
    positive effects on an entire family.

    Hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law, attendees will learn how extended family can help plan financially for a loved one’s future

  • Join us as we discuss state services for children under 21 and transition into the system of adult services for 21+. We will give an overview on the importance of SSI and Medicaid.

  • REMINDER!
    Next LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session is Tuesday, 9/26

    This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

    Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

    Dates/Times:
    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • REMINDER!
    Next LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session is Tuesday, 9/26

    This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

    Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

    Dates/Times:
    • • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Reaching the age of majority (18 years of age) means under state law, an individual is no longer a minor. As such, the person has the right and responsibility to make legal choices. For some young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this can be an exciting opportunity for increased independence. However, there may be concerns about how to best support a person's self- determination when making life decisions such as health care or in financial management.

    Hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by Robin Shaffert, Senior Executive of Individual and Family Supports at The Arc of the U.S., attendees will learn both informal and legal options to help assist young adults with I/DD in decision making. Less

  • Calling all students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

    Join The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute for a tour of The Turning Point Program at Bergen Community College. The Turning Point Program is a two-year post-secondary experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities interested in continuing their education. The program utilizes student-centered planning, enhanced academic and peer mentoring support to provide an inclusive college experience. Areas of study include: career skill development and vocational opportunities, academic enrichment, increased ability for self-advocacy and independence, Social and recreational opportunities. During the tour perspective students will have an opportunity to visit the campus and learn about the different aspects of a college experience while families will learn about the Program and its educational, vocational and campus life supports.

  • Presented by the Association for Children & families
    Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE)
    Fri. Sept. 22,2017 12 - 1 PM

    PLEASE CALL 973-728-8744 to
    REGISTER FOR ABOVE ACTIVITIES

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility is determined on a month by month basis. If you or your loved ones receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect eligibility for SSI benefits and Medicaid. Hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by David Vinokurov, District Manager for the New Jersey Social Security Administration Office, attendees will learn how to report changes to your SSI benefits and avoiding SSI overpayments and underpayments.

  • REMINDER!
    Next LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session is Tuesday, 9/26

    This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

    Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

    Dates/Times:
    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • This panel discussion will address the need to plan for individuals with special needs, the steps to take in managing your personal finances, and the legal issues required for the current and future care of your child with special needs.
    Discussion topics will include:
    • Coordinating financial and legal planning to create a sound strategy
    • The need for early and comprehensive planning
    • Differences between financial planning and “special needs” planning
    • Using financial planning tools
    • Leveraging and protecting family assets
    Participants will gain knowledge of:
    • The steps to take today as they plan for their child’s future
    • Funding requirements and the use of Special Needs Trusts
    • Protection of family members and family assets
    • Accessing government benefits (SSI, Medicaid)
    • Establishing Guardianships
    • The pros and cons of the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act

  • TELECONFERENCES
    register at least 30 minutes before start

    School Discipline: The Rights of Students with IEPs & 504 Plans
    Tues. Sept. 26, 2017 12 - 12:45 PM

    PLEASE CALL 973-728-8744 to
    REGISTER FOR ABOVE ACTIVITIES

  • DDD's Quarterly Update Meetings for Individuals, Families and Providers

    The Division's Quarterly Update meetings for individuals/families and providers have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Division's Administrative Office in Hamilton: Providers from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and Individuals and Families from 5: 00 PM - 7:00 PM .

    Due to limited seating capacity, pre-registration is mandatory and provider attendance is limited to one representative per agency. To register, please send an email to Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us and include the following:
    • Which meeting you are requesting to attend (Providers or Individuals/Families).
    • The name and email address of the person requesting to attend (and agency name, if applicable).
    Only confirmed attendees may attend, and all confirmed attendees will receive an email confirmation.

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  • When you work with people with developmental disabilities, situations may
    arise which result in criminal charges. What happens next? Bail reform, also
    known as criminal justice reform has resulted in some crucial changes that
    service providers should know about. Attorney Marcy McMann, an
    experienced criminal defense attorney, will provide an overview of the
    criminal justice system and how it affects clients with developmental
    disabilities when criminal charges are filed.

  • Policing & People with Disabilities: A Call for Procedural Justice
    Thursday, September 28 from 1:00-3:00 pm ET
    Join the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® for the final webinar in our 2017 Policing & People with Disabilities series! Topics addressed will include an explanation of procedural justice, an overview of the history and current efficacy of procedural justice principles, examples of how procedural justice can impact policing practices, and an interactive discussion in which panelists apply the four tenets of procedural justice to realistic use of force scenarios.

  • July 20, 2017 12:00 noon - 1:00pm - Teleconference presented by the Association for Special Children and Families. www.ascfamily.org. Call 973-728-0999 for call in number and to Register.

  • Lunch & Learn: Support Coordination - What Families Need to Know - Presented by The Arc Family Institute - Tue, Jul 18, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Register at the link.

  • July 18, 2017 10:00 am - 10:30 pm - teleconference presented by the Association for Special Children and families. www.ascfamily.org - Call 973-728-0999 for call in number and to Register.

  • July 14, 2017 1:30 pm -2:00pm Teleconference Presented by the Association for Special Children and Families. www.ascfamily.org - Call 973-728-0999 for call in number and to Register.

  • July 12, 2017 10:00 am - 10:30 am- Teleconference presented by the Association for Special Children and Families - Call 973-728-0999 for call in number and to Register. www.ascfamily.org

  • The Arc of NJ's Family Institute and The Supported Housing Association SHA - present "The journey to Community Housing and Supports:A Road Map for Individuals and Their Families in New Jersey.

  • 4/20/17, 4/26/17 IEP Reviews

    Association for Special Children and Families is offering free IEP Reviews. Register early. Limited spots available
    Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 PM. Wednesday, April 26, 9:30-11 AM. Reserve time with an ASCF Parent Consultant for an in-person review of your child's IEP. 973-728-0999.

  • The screening will be held 4/27/2017 at the Bergen Family Center (Upstairs in Family Success Center Office) from 9am – 4pm by The Children’s Hospital of Specialized Services. Please spread the word to families/children you think could benefit. Screening for potential developmental delays in children allows for early treatment and supportive services. This valuable opportunity is FREE and right here in our community! Appointments are required. Spots fill up quickly so do not delay! Thank you for your support.

  • Seminar sponsored by The Arc and presented by SPAN