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Township of Union Public Schools

 

TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

NOTE:  The resources and organizations listed are not to be considered formal recommendations of the Township of Union School District nor are they intended to service all populations.  Please contact the listed providers for additional information regarding programs, security, and answers to any other questions.  

Information will be added to this Transition web page as it becomes available throughout the school year;   please check back regularly for updates. 

Many events are held annually around the same time and location, so we will leave all announcements on this site, even if the event/information has passed; this may provide awareness of similar events in the future.  

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TRANSITION WELCOME LETTERS, Fall 2017

Students age 12 and under: \Parent Transition Letter 2017 REVISED-12 and under-.docx

If you need further assistance related to TRANSITION,
please contact our Transition Coordinators at Union High School (Room L112):
Ms. Sarah McCulloh, (908) 861-4431, smcculloh@twpunionschools.org
Mrs. Vanessa Tuohy, (908) 851-6538, vtuohy@twpunionschools.org

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TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS

Planning for Adult Life (PFAL)Training Series:

For more information and how to RSVP for each session, please visit: 

\PFAL ARC Presentation 2017-18 REVISED 6.docx
 
 
SSI and Medicaid: How To Apply and Why You Need To Do So

9/27/17, 7:00 pm, Union County Educational Commission Services (UCESC), District Offices, 45 Cardinal Drive, 2nd Floor, Westfield, NJ 07090

 

Guadianship and Supported Decision Making: Just the Basics

10/25/17, 7:00 pm, Union High School, 2350 N. Third St,, Union, NJ 07083, Classroom C101

 

CANCELLED - Planning for Transition:  Why it is Vital for Your Student’s Future - CANCELLED

11/18/17, 10 am - 12:00 pm, Kean University, Nathan Weiss Graduate School on East Campus, 215 North Ave, Hillside, NJ 07205, Graduate Student Lounge on the 2nd floor

 

College Options for Students with I/DD

1/31/18, 6:30 pm, Kean University, Nathan Weiss Graduate College, 215 North Avenue, Hillside NJ, OT Clinic Suite 161

 

3rd DATE CHANGE! 

Yes, Your Child Can Work!  Working Toward Employment for People With I/DD

3/14/18, 7:00 pm, In Roads to Opportunities, 301 Cox Street, Roselle, NJ  07203

 

Accessing Services and ‘Natural Supports’

3/15/18, 7:00 pm, Hosted by Linden Public Schools, Held at the Academy of Excellence (Formerly known St. Elizabeth), 170 Hussa Street, Linden, NJ 07036

 

Getting the Most Out of Your High School Experience 

4/18/18, 7:00 pm, Governor Livingston High School, IMC (Library), 175 Watchung Boulevard, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922

 

Planning for Adult Life - Free Parent Forum and Opportunity Expo
 
4/21/2018, 9:00 - 1:00 pm, Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 

Housing 101 

5/10/18, 7:30 pm, Millburn Board of Education, 434 Millburn Avenue, Millburn NJ 07041

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ADDITIONAL TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS

Special Services College/Transition Night

11/3/17, 6:00 - 6:45 pm, Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ 

 

Project Search Open House, \Project Search Information Session Flyer 11-17.doc

11/28/17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ 

Registration is required; please click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-search-overlook-medical-center-open-house-for-prospective-students-and-families-tickets-38557373141

 

Rowan University College Prep Transition Conference 

12/2/17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Glassboro, NJ \Rowan College Prep Transition Conference Flyer 11.17.pdf

\RowanCollege Prep Transition Conference Registration Brochure V2 11.17.pdf

 
Union County Career and Technical Institute (UCCTI) Information Session (for High School Students)
12/14/18,1/16/18, 2/8/18
All presentations start at 6:00pm/
Visit http://ucvts/org/Page3782 for more information and to register.
 
 
Special Needs Symposium
2/25/18, 2-5pm, JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ  07076
 
 
2018 Autism Transition Conference
2/26/18, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ
 

The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and it’s State Rehabilitation Council will be conducting public forums during the month of March.  Your voice is extremely important during these forums and will help DVRS to mold program delivery and policy to ensure that people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services that result in employment. The topics that will be focused on during the public forums include: Youth Transition Services (Pre-Employment Transition Services), Business Outreach, and Project Search.  Information about the dates, times, locations, and registration for the public forums is found here: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lwdhome/content/electronicforms/public_forums.html

 
Spring Transition Fair
3/1/18, The Morris-Union Jointure Commission, Professional Development Center, New Providence, NJ 
 
 
WEBINAR:  Transition to Adult Services Overview
3/16/18, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

www.fscnj.org/resources/webinars/

The Family Support Center of NJ recognizes the need for current and relevant training to be made available to family members; and professionals working within the field of disabilities. We welcome you to view our archived webinars at your convenience and to explore the upcoming sessions that are currently accepting registration.

SUPPORT COORDINATION DURING TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES: This series is geared towards caregivers and professionals who care for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities; please visit website above for more information/registration.

Post-Secondary Options for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
 
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) presents "Partners in Education, Transition Mini-Conference.
One great event, 2 dates to choose from:
3/17/18, Camden Community College, Camden, NJ or
4/21/18, Lawrence High School Commons, Lawrenceville, NJ  
For more information and to register:  \TAD 2018 Conference Flyer -2-.pdf
 
What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know as Your Special Needs Child Approaches the Age of 18, Including: GUardianships/Social Security/Medicaid/Special Needs Trusts
4/26/18, 100 WIllow Brook Road, Suite 100, Freehold, NJ 07728
 
Abilities Expo
4/29/18, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ  07039
 
 
"I Needed Who I am Now to Walk into my School When I was Younger.  Now I will be that Person for Someone Else"
I'm Just a Kid with an IEP, LLC
5/3/18, 6pm, Delaware Valley Regional High School, Frenchtown, NJ  08825
 
   
High School Transition Conference & Resource Expo
6/3/18, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Ewing, NJ
 
 
Project Ready:  Job Training Program
6/27/18, 10am, Sign up and Information Session, St. Joseph Social Service Center, Church Building, 118 Division Street, Elizabeth, NJ  07201
 

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NJ STATE (AND UNION COUNTY) RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

**FOR ALL STUDENTS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE: 

 Division of Children and Families (DCF)/Perform Care

(877) 652-7624, http://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/csc/

To complete application online, please visit: www.performcarenj.org/families/forms.aspx or call the number above to request paper application via mail; you can then mail it to:

Perform Care New Jersey, Attention: DD Eligibility Unit, 300 Horizon Drive, Suite 306, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691-1919

**Please Note:  If applying for the first time after age 18, you must first apply to the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and if found eligible, they will forward the application to DCF. 

DCF Services Offered to Eligible Children with Developmental Disabilities: 

*Summer Camp Opportunities:  Applications for camp assistance can be found at the PerformCare website and are accepted between March 15th and April 30th each year. 

*Respite Services:  Provides family caregivers with a short period of rest/relief by arranging alternate care-giving; it is usually provided by an agency that contracts with the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) and may include after-school activities, weekend recreational activities, a short-term placement in a licensed setting, or in-home/self-directed respite. 

*Assistive Technology Devices (ATD):  These are used to increase, maintain, or improve an individual’s functional capabilities and may include materials that make the environment more accessible, allowing the individual to compete in the workplace and enhance independence.  Families must seek three competitive bids, and the device must be prescribed by a physician or therapist; individual must have received a denial from their insurance carrier, including Medicaid, and may receive no more than $11,000 for ATD over a 3-year period.

*Home and Vehicle Modifications:  These are removable, structural modifications (such as ramps, grab-bars, etc…), and individuals may receive no more than $11,000 for home/vehicle modifications over a 3-year period. 

 

**FOR STUDENTS OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE 

 (Services are only for adults who have a developmental disability):

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD):

110 East 5th Street, Plainfield, NJ  07060, (908) 226-7800, www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/

**Please note:  You can apply for DDD eligibility at the age of 18, but you will not receive any services until you are 21, receiving Medicaid, and after you have exhausted your educational entitlement.  

DDD services offered to eligible adults may include: Assistive technology, behavior supports, career planning, cognitive rehabilitation, community-based supports, community inclusion services, day habilitation, environmental modifications, fiscal management services (Fiscal Intermediary), goods and services, interpreter services, natural supports training, occupational therapy, Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), physical therapy, prevocational training, respite, speech language & hearing therapy, support coordination, supported employment – individual and/or small group, supports brokerage, transportation, and vehicle modifications. 

To complete application online, please contact Ron Wasserman, DDD Intake Counselor at the telephone number listed above, or you may visit www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/apply/index.html to print out an application.  You may send in all the required documents to DDD yourself using the contact information above, or you may give the DDD application, along with the Adaptive Behavior/Health/Safety/Risk Summary, and signed/notarized Authorization to Release Information; to one of the Transition Coordinators at UHS.  They will then hand deliver the application for you and ask the receiving DDD employee to sign for all documents; we encourage you to keep a copy of the entire DDD application package for your personal records.   

Once found eligible for DDD and as part of the intake process (and again within the student’s last year of educational entitlement), the student's parent/guardian must complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT) either online or over the phone; please contact Ron Wasserman to arrange for you to complete the NJ CAT.  This survey is used to determine needed postsecondary supports as well as the amount of money that will be allotted for your individualized budget. For a listing of the questions, please visit:  http://nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/njcat_survey.pdf and/or watch an archived webinar at:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluCSo5kFWk.

For more information, please visit the NJ CAT Web Resource page:  www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/resources/njcat.html

At age 21, while you are Medicaid-eligible and once you’ve completed the NJ CAT, you must also complete the DDD Supports Coordinator Selection Form, http://nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/services/support_coordination.html. This form will allow you to choose (or you will be auto assigned) a Support Coordinator (SC) to help you develop an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) for supports to be provided by DDD after graduation. 

To watch an Archived Webinar (4/23/15) on “DDD’s System Reform:  Understanding what it Means for Someone Entering DDD Services,” please visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5SL7-puP58

To subscribe to the Division's E-news Bulletin, please send an email to DDD.Communications@dhs.state.nj.us, with Division Update Subscribe in the subject line.

DDD-Supports Program Policy Manual (updated 4/2017):

http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/supports_program_policy_manual.pdf

(Please see page 184-185 for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DDD and DVRS)

Support Coordination Agencies (updated 9/2017):

http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/support_coordination_agencies_list.pdf

The DDD Provider Search website allows users to search for providers by name or services. You may filter your search results further by services, provider location, location type, etc., or use a combination of searches and filters to browse provider options. In the future, additional features will be available, including the ability to search by radius around a zip code, catchment area and by keywords. Please visit this web site for more information:

https://irecord.dhs.state.nj.us/providersearch.

2018 Graduates Aging out of School System (for adults planning to receive services from DDD):

http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/2018-graduates-aging-out-of-school-system.pdf

 

**FOR STUDENTS WITHIN TWO YEARS OF GRADUATION
 (Services are for adults who may be seeking some additional vocational supports): 

 Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS):

New Jersey Department of Labor, 921 Elizabeth Avenue, 3rd Floor, Elizabeth, NJ  07201, (908) 965-3940

If you wish to contact the Vocational Counselor at DVRS that has been assigned to our district, please contact Ms. Ester Phillip at the above telephone number or you may email her at Esther.Phillip@dol.nj.gov.

http://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/plan/foryou/disable/vocational_rehabilitation_services.shtml

DVRS REFERRAL PACKET\DVRS.pdf
If you are interested in applying for eligibility from DVRS prior to graduation and with the support of a Transition Coordinator, please visit the link above for more information. The "DVRS Referral Form," along with a signed and notarized "Authorization to Release Information," may be submitted to the District's Transition Coordinators; upon receipt, they will then forward the student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), Psychological, and Educational Reports, to DVRS on your behalf. 

DVRS works to assist students with disabilities who may require services in order to prepare for, get, and keep a job. The ultimate goal is to create a smooth transition from school to work, so that upon graduation, a student is prepared to begin work and/or postsecondary training that lead to competitive employment. Updated testing (Psychological and Educational evaluations) is required within two years of graduation to determine the student’s current interests and abilities.  Once found eligible, DVRS may provide counseling/guidance to current high school students, as well as help the student/family develop goals and objectives for an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). 

DVRS Services Offered to Eligible Adults:  Vocational counseling & guidance, placement services, job seeking skills, supported employment, time limited placement and coaching, job accommodations, skills training, college training, physical/emotional restoration, mobility equipment, driver training, and vehicle/home modifications. 

**Please Note:  Expenses for medical services, training, supplies, tools, and/or equipment are based on the individual’s income/ability to pay.  In some cases, DVRS may be able to assist the student in funding their college/vocational school education, paying for books, and/or providing a monthly reduced-fare bus pass.     

For more information about these three agencies (DCF, DDD, and DVRS),

as well as some additional NJ state/local transition-related resources, please visit: 

\NJ State-Union County Transition Resources 2017.docx

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ADDITIONAL TRANSITION-RELATED INFORMATION

Long Term Planning and Legal Matters for People with Disabilities, NJ: \Legal Matters 2017-18.docx

Pro Se Legal Guardianship Papers within the State of NJ: 

                **Papers to obtain guardianship of the person and estate:

http://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10558_guardianship_person_and_estate.pdf

                **Papers to obtain guardianship of (only) the person:

http://www.njcourts.gov/forms/12009_guardianship_person.pdf

 
2017-18 Quick Reference Guide:  Mental Health and Addiction Services in Union County:

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LOCAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
 
The Job Connection:  http://ucnj.org/job-connection/

Le Bon Pretzels in Union is seeking to employ individuals with disabilities to help prep food, clean, and restock in the evenings between 6:30pm – 9pm, M-S.  For more information, please contact them directly at 2705 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083, (908) 349-8316.

 
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
 
Connections for the Future Scholarship:
 
 
Dr. Rosa Hagin Scholarship
 
 

2018 Autism Scholarship:  The Autism Family Services of New Jersey scholarship is a unique opportunity that allows 2018 graduates pursuing a college, university, technical, trade, or vocational school level education to apply. This scholarship is not solely based on academic achievement. Meaningful community volunteerism, participation in extra-curricular activities and essay response will all be considered when choosing a recipient for this scholarship. Candidates do not need to be near the top of their class to be considered. All who are eligible are encouraged to apply. 

To be eligible, candidates must be: a New Jersey resident; graduating high school in 2018; have an established diagnosis of Autism, Asperger Syndrome, or PDD-NOS; and plan on pursuing a post- secondary education. For application/more information, please visit:  http://www.autismfamilyservicesnj.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2018/02/autism-scholarship-form.pdf