Township of Union Public Schools

TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE
FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
 
PLEASE 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. 
 
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
 

NJ STATE (AND UNION COUNTY) RESOURCES

FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

 
Generally speaking, there are 3 NJ State Agencies that may assist our students.  They are:  
1. Division of Children and Families (DCF)
2. Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
3. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
 

**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 DCF/CSOC application:www.performcarenj.org/families/forms.aspx or you may call the number above to request paper application via mail; you can then return 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; check back in March 2020 for updates. PROJECTED DEADLINE:  April 30, 2020

 

The CSOC Summer Camp Services 2020:  A Guide for Families

https://www.performcarenj.org/families/disability/summer-camp.aspx

 

*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/

 

To complete the DDD Application for Eligibility for DDD-funded services:

Please visit the main DDD application page here.  

  • SHORT Application: This revised application can be utilized by individuals who are 18 or older and were previously determined eligible for developmental disability services through the New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC).The Short Application is an effort to simplify and streamline the transition from CSOC to DDD.
  • FULL ApplicationThe Full DDD Application is for applicants age 18 or older who HAVE NOT been previously determined eligible for developmental disability services through DDD.
You may submit 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 may 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.   
 
**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. 

 

The Arc of NJ Family Institute, A Step by Step Process to DDD Eligibility:
https://www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org/resources/ddd-eligibility-go-bag.html

NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT): During the intake process, the student's parent/guardian must complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (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. 

 

Please contact Ron Wasserman, DDD Intake, at (908) 226-7802, for more information about the NJ CAT. 

 

 

NJ CAT Questionshttps://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/njcat_sample_assessment.pdf

 

Watch an archived NJ CAT webinarwww.youtube.com/watch?v=nluCSo5kFWk

DDD Supports Coordinator Selection Form:  After DDD Eligibility has been established when the student is age 21, you must complete this form which 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. For more information, http://nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/services/support_coordination.html
 
Archived Webinar:  “DDD’s System Reform:  Understanding what it Means for Someone Entering DDD Services:" www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5SL7-puP58
 
To subscribe to the Division's E-news Bulletin: 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 2/20/2020):
https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/support-coordination-agencies-list.pdf 
 
This 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.
 
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
 
PLEASE NOTE:  IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  
Graduates Aging out of School System (for adults planning to receive services from DDD):

https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/graduates-timeline.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 

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

 

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 REFERRAL PACKET: 20180927095540.pdf

If you are interested in applying for eligibility from DVRS prior to graduation and with the support of your CST Case Manager and/or 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 Manager; 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

 

Mental Health Association in Union County: https://www.mhanj.org/mhanj-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

https://www.pacer.org/transition/learning-center/planning/supporting-your-teen.asp?utm_source=February+2019+NCC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=February+2019+NCC+newsletter&utm_medium=email

 

The Job Connection:  https://www.ucc.edu/continuing-and-professional-education-and-workforce-development/center-for-economic-and-workforce-development/job-connections-newsletter/

 

Are you a teen looking for a summer job? 

Check out the Youth Employment Pathways Progream (YEPP) Summer Initiative:  \YEPP.pdf

 

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education/Employment For Students and Youth with DisabilitiesOffice of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education,
 
TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS
 
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).  
 
For a full listing and to RSVP, please see remaining events below or visit: \PFAL FINAL PACKET.docx
 
Achieved Webinars, Planning for Adult Life (PFAL), The Arc of NJ:
 
ADDITIONAL TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS
 
February 11, 2020, 6:30pm
Watchung Hills Regional High School, South Auditorium, 108 Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059
*Guardianship and Supported Decision Making:  Just the Basics
Guardianship can be a valuable tool that 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. 
RSVP: Jonathan Bedi, (908) 647-4800, X6807, jbedi@whrhs.org
 
 
February 21, 2020, 5:30-7pm
Boonton High School, Boonton, NJ
An Evening with DDD:  Is My Child Eligible for DDD?  What is the NJ CAT?  
 
 
February 27, 2020, 12-1pm, WEBINAR
How do we get there?  A Discussion of Transportation Options for Adults with I/DD.
Presented by Louis Hoffman, Program Manager/Travel Instructor, NJTIP @ Rutgers
This webinar will address:  Travel Training, modes of transportation, paying for it-reduced fare, funding, etc., where can you go-trip planning, and advocacy-how to get what you need.  
 
 
March 5, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Morris-Union Jointure Commission's Professional Development Center
Spring Transition Fair 2020
This event provides opportunities for parents to network with adult service agencies and providers.  Representatives from various agencies will be present to answer questions and provide information on the ofllowing topics:  Supported Employment, guardianship, SSI, Medicaid, special needs trusts, adult living options, adult day programs, respite care, crisis intervention, and more.  Parents will have a great opportunitiy to network with one another and investigate their questions and concerns for their child's transition to the adult services world. 
 
 
March 9, 2020, 6:30pm
Union High School Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, NJ  07083
State Services for Students with I/DD
New Jersey programs provide many supports and services including family support, crisis intervention, after school programs, summer camp, and intensive in-home and out-of-home supports, just to name a few.  This presentation will provide an overview of what these programs offer, eligibility for services, and how adults transition from the Children’s System of Care to adult services when they turn 21. 
RSVP: Sarah McCulloh, Transition Coordinator, (908) 851-4431, smcculloh@twpunionschools.org
PLEASE NOTE:  Enter the UHS Library through the entrance on Gruber Street (closest to North Third Street-by the Cannon).
 
 
March 11, 2020, 7pm
Governor Livingston High School IMC (library), 175 Watchung Blvd., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922  
*Accessing Services and ‘Natural Supports’
Everyone has a right to be involved in their community.  There are many supports for people with disabilities to help them do just that.  This workshop will discuss services for accessing the community and will provide hands-on tools for helping students to obtain natural supports in the community.  It will also include conversations on how to navigate some of the challenges associated with accessing services. 
RSVP: Steve Siebelts, Social Worker, Berkeley Heights Public Schools, (908) 464-3100 ext. 2413,
 
 
March 12, 2020, 6:30pm
Chapel Hill Academy, Lincoln Park, NJ 
Annual College and Career Fair
Our Program will include Representatives from both 2/4 year colleges, vocational schools, service agencies, professionals in a variety of occupations, presentations from our Career Experience Classes, Alumni sharing their experiences since leaving Chapel Hill.
 
 
March 16, 2020-April 27, 2020 (Mondays)
Kean Occupational Therapy Clinic 215
Volunteering:  Securing your Position
 
 
March 17, 2020-April 28, 2020 (Tuesdays)
Kean University, Main Campus
Transition to College:  Enabling students with Autism and other special needs with the skill set and knowledge to prepare for college.
 
 
March 17, 2020- April 28, 2020 (Tuesdays)
Kean University, Occupational Therapy Clinic 215
Getting Organized:  Managing Memory and Time
 
 
March 19, 2020-April 30, 2020 (Thursdays)
Kean Occupational Therapy Clinic 215
Smartphones and Smart Users
 
 
March 19, 2020, 12-1:00pm, WEBINAR
How do we get there?  A Discussion of Transportation Options for Adults with I/DD.
Presented by Louis Hoffman, Program Manager/Travel Instructor, NJTIP @ Rutgers
This webinar will address:  Travel Training, modes of transportation, paying for it-reduced fare, funding, etc., where can you go-trip planning, and advocacy-how to get what you need.  
 
 
March 19, 2020, 3:00pm - 3:30pm WEBINAR
Understanding Benefits, Trusts, and Long-term Planning
Informed family, financial, and estate planning is critical for families of individuals with disabilities. Often times, families look to the school team for guidance on these issues, and it is critical that schools can respond with informed answers. In this webinar, we will provide a road map for these critical decisions, clarify some of the common misconceptions around how disability benefits limit employment options, as well as explore the concepts of guardianship and supported decision making.
For more Training Opportunities, visit The Boggs Center: 
 
 
March 30, 2020, 4:00 - 8:00pm
Young Adult Inclusion Center, 415 Rt. 18, East Brunswick, NJ  08816
Transition-Meet the Support Coordinators
Support Coordination is a Division-funded service that assists individuals in gaining access to needed program and State plan services, as well as needed medical, social, educational and other services. Case Managers will now be replaced by Support Coordinators employed by community-based agencies approved to provide that service. Individuals in the Supports Program or the Community Care Program must formally select one of the many agencies available.
 
 
The 4/2/2020 event has been CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 School Closure; we will not be having an in-person event at this time, but please check back soon for more information on when/how it may be rescheduled.  Thank you.
April 2, 2020, 6:30pm
Union High School Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, NJ  07083
Preparing to Get the Most out of your Student’s High School Experience
As a parent, you want to help your child make choices that are best for his or her needs.  This workshop will explore the role your school district will play in the transition process and how you can prepare your child for adult life
RSVP: Sarah McCulloh, Transition Coordinator, (908) 851-4431, smcculloh@twpunionschools.org
PLEASE NOTE: Enter the UHS Library through the entrance on Gruber Street (closest to North Third Street-by the Cannon).
 
 
July 20 - 24, 2020
Kean University Community Cares Clinic
Steps to Your Future (STYF)
STYF is a college experience for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other special needs that takes place on Kean University's campus.  Participants will be immersed in activities to learn everyday life skills to aide in the transition to becoming more independent. 
 
COLLEGE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
 
Colleges and Universities may offer supportive and individualized services to students with disabilities. For more information, including documentation guidelines, please contact each school of interest. Below is a list of schools within the State of NJ and their link to these services; please note, this is not a complete listing of schools within the State.   
 
College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Scholarship Opportunities
 
Cabrini University 
 
County College of Morris
 
Drew University
 
Essex County College
 
Fairleigh Dickinson University
 
Kean Univerity
 
Middlesex County College
 
Project Connections, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ:
             
Monmouth University
 
Montclair University
 
New Jersey City University
 
Rutgers University
 
Seton Hall
 
The College of NJ
 
Union County College
 
William Paterson University

20 Great Colleges for students with Learning Disabilities:  
 
 
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
 
Dr. Rosa Hagin Scholarship for Graduating High School Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Issues: