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.
A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education/Employment For Students and Youth with Disabilities,Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education,
Planning for Adult Life (PFAL)Training Series:
A representative from The Arc of NJ will visit a number of locations throughout the region to teach skills related to seven (7) core areas (Transition Planning/Visioning, Health/Behavioral Health, Housing, Legal/Financial, Social, Self-Direction, and Post-Secondary Education/Employment).
Achieved Webinars,Planning for Adult Life (PFAL), The Arc 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. PROJECTED DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
The CSOC Summer Camp Services 2019: A Guide for Families: \2019 Summer Camp Guide for Families.pdf
*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.
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: https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/njcat_sample_assessment.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 3/2019):
(Please see page 194-195 for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DDD and DVRS)
Support Coordination Agencies (updated 12/28/2018):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:
**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.
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:
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:
**Papers to obtain guardianship of (only) the person:
COLLEGE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES