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.  

 

TRANSITION WELCOME LETTER, Fall 2018

\Parent Transition Letter 2018.docx

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

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education/Employment For Students and Youth with Disabilities,

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education,
 
 

TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS

Planning for Adult Life (PFAL)Training Series:

For a full listing and to RSVP, please use the information provided in the document below:  

 

Achieved Webinars,Planning for Adult Life (PFAL), The Arc of NJ:

 
 
October 4, 2018, 7:00-8:00pm, Union County Educational Serivces (UCESC) Work Readiness Academy, Westfield, NJ

"Yes, Your Child Can Work!  Building towards Employment for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities"

 
 
October 18, 2018, 7:00-8:00pm, Hosted by Linden School District, Held at the Academy of Excellence, Linden, NJ

Planning for Transition:  Why it is Vital for your Student's Future

 
 
October 24, 2018, 6:00-7:00pm, Union High School, Union, NJ

Accessing Services and 'Natural Supports'

 
 
January 31, 2019, 6:30pm, InRoads to Opportunities, Roselle, NJ
Planning for Transition:  Why it is Vital to your Student's Future
 
 
March 13, 2019, 7:00 PM, Governor Livingston High School IMC (Library),
175 Watchung Blvd., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Guardianship and Supported Decision Making:  Just the Basics
Berkeley Heights Public School system is a part of the CHOICES (Communities Helping Others in Creating Effective Solutions) committee, and is pleased to host a presentation that addresses guardianship.  A representative from the ARC of NJ, Planning for Adult Life will provide this presentation.  Guardianship can be a valuable tool which can be used to protect individuals who don’t or no longer possess the ability to make appropriate personal or financial decisions for themselves.  This workshop will help parents and caregivers understand the guardianship process, levels of guardianship, and alternatives to guardianship.  This informational session will last approximately an hour and are open to all interested parties, especially for those considering support for their loved one with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). 
RSVP:  Steve Siebelts, Social Worker, Berkeley Heights Public Schools, (908) 464-3100 ext. 2413, ssiebelts@bhpsnj.org
 
March 21, 2019, 7:30pm, Millburn Board of Education
Getting the Most of of your High School Experience
 
 
ADDITIONAL TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS
 

September 26, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm, Union High School Library, Hosted by Union SEPAG

Look to The Future:  Transition from School to Adult Life

 
 
October 9, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm, Chatham Middle School, Chatham, NJ 

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Successful College Transition

 
 

October 11, 2018, 6:45pm-9:00pm, The College of NJ, Brower Student Center

“Normal Isn’t Real:  Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD,” a Film Discussion with LeDerick Horne

 
 
October 30, November 27, January 29, February 26, March 26, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm, Chapel Hill Academy
Free Parent Workshops on:
Planning for Transition, Guardianship, Housing 101, SSI and Medicaid, Accessing Services and 'Natural Supports'
 
 
November 1, 2018, 10:30am-2:30pm, 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey
Transition Resource Fair
 
 
November 5, 2018, 6:00-6:45pm, Millburn High School
Special Service College Night
 

December 12, 2018, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Quarterly Update Meeting/Webinar

Please see webinar registration link and RSVP instructions below.

Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS, INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Webinar

REGISTER NOW for Quarterly Update Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2747077420377847041

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

December 12, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691

RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

To Subscribe to Division Update, send an email to DDD.Communications@dhs.state.nj.us with Division Update Subscribe in the subject line.

 
January 24, 2019, 6pm, Union County Career and Technical Institute (UCCTI)
Information Session for UCCTI's Shared Time and Self-Contained Shared Time Programs
Application Deadline February 20, 2019
https://www.ucvts.tec.nj.us/Page/3826 - Application for Admission
 
February 25, 2019, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Autism NJ Transition Conference
 
March 6, 2019, 6-7:30pm, The Arc of Essex County's Opportunity Zone
Meet the Support Coordination Agencies
 
March 12, 2019, 6-8pm, Morris-Union Jointure Commission, New Providence, NJ
Spring Transition Fair
\MUJC 2019 Spring Transition Fair - Final version.pdf 
 
March 13, 7-8:30pm, Disability Allies, East Brunswick, NJ  
Transition from School to Adult Life Workshop
 
Tuesdays, March 19 - April 30, 2019, Kean University
Transition to College (for students with Autism)
 
March 27, 2019, 6-9pm, Hunterdon Central Regional High School 
The 3rd Annual Hunterdon County Transition Fair
(Open to ALL Parents whether you live or do not live in Hunterdon County)
 
April 7, 2019, 8-5pm, AP Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin
ASPEN's (Autism Spectrum Education Network) Spring Conference
 
May 4, 2019, Kean University
2019 Transition Fair
 
May 15, 2019, 6-7pm (WEBINAR offered by the Arc of NJ)
Overview of Services for Children and Young Adults with I/DD from the NJ Dept. of Children and Families, Children's System of Care
 
May 21, 2019, 10:30am-1:30pm, Somerset County Vocational and Technical School
Transition from School to Adult Life for Students with Developmental Disabilities
 
June 18, 2019, 7pm, The Arc of Essex County's Main Office
Transitioning into Adult Services:  Annual Membership Meeting and Information Session
DD Training Resources: For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families
This website provides a wide range of information about training and support resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the State of NJ.  
 

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. DEADLINE:  April 30, 2019

 The CSOC Summer Camp Services 2019:  A Guide for Families:  \2019 Summer Camp Guide for Families.pdf

*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 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 8/2018):

 https://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.

2019 Graduates Aging out of School System (for adults planning to receive services from DDD):
 
The Arc of NJ Family Institute, A Step by Step Process to DDD Eligibility:
 
Things to Be Aware When Transitioning from High School to Adult Life/Things to Consider When Choosing an Adult Service Provider:  \Things to Be Aware When Transitioning From High School to Adult Life.docx
 
 

**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. Esther 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 PACKET20180927095540.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 student's Child Study Team Case Manage; 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

 

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:
 
 
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
 
PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment:  
 Paving the Way: Parent Tips for Supporting Success in High School and Beyond
 
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.
 
February 11, 2019, 2pm, Cintas, Union, NJ
Hiring Event for People with Disabilities
 
Are you a teen looking for a summer job?  
The Youth Employment Pathways Progream (YEPP) Summer Initiative:  
 
 

 COLLEGE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Colleges and Universities may offer supportive services to students with disabilities
and are based on an individual's needs. 
For more information, including documentation guidelines, please contact each school of interest. 
Below is a list of schools within the state and their link to these services;
please note, this is not a complete listing of schools within the state.   
 
 
 
Montclair University
 
New Jersey City University
 
Rutgers University
 
Seton Hall
 
The College of NJ
 
William Paterson University
 
 
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
 
Dr. Rosa Hagin Scholarship for Graduating High School Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Issues, Deadline April 1, 2019