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.   

  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: 

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 visit this link (the events have also been added to the list of workshops below):
\PFAL FINAL PACKET.docx 
 

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

https://planningforadultlife.org/we_offer/archived-webinars-20.html

 
ADDITIONAL TRANSITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS
 
October 3, 2019, 7-8pm
Union County Educational Services Commission Central Offices, (UCESC) 
45 Cardinal Drive, 2nd Floor, Westfield, NJ 07090
*SSI and Medicaid:  How to Apply and Why You Need To Do So
There are many different ways to initiate the Medicaid eligibility process, and it is important to make sure you have all of the necessary information.  This workshop will help parents and caregivers understand how to access health care services for their loved one with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) from the current health care system. 
PLEASE NOTE: Medicaid is required to receive any adult services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) after graduation from high school.
RSVP: Josh Bornstein, Director, (908) 233-9317, Ext. 246, jbornstein@ucesc.org
 
 
October 17, 2019, 7pm
Hosted by Linden Public Schools (LPS), Held at the Academy of Excellence (formally known as St. Elizabeth)
170 Hussa Street, Linden, NJ  07036
*Preparing To Get the Most Out of Your 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: Nikki Livingston, Academy of Excellence/LPS, (908) 587-3285, ext. 8650, alivingston@lindenps.org
 
 
November 6, 2019, 6:30pm
Inroads to Opportunities, 301 Cox St. Roselle, NJ 07203
*Yes, Your Child Can Work!  Working Toward Employment for People With I/DD
For many people, a job is something that helps define who they are.  It gives us a meaningful place to go every day, a way to explore our interests, a means of earning money, and a way to be a part of our community.  This workshop will discuss different employment options available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and hands-on tools for preparing students for employment. 
RSVP:Joann Farrell, Transition Counselor, (908) 241-7200 ext. 3038
 
 
November 21, 12pm-2pm
LifeTime Fitness, 145 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ  08807
TiPS:  Transition Fair
For the Families and Care providers of Individualis with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
 
 
November 21, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm
The Calais School, 45 Highland Avenue, Whippany, NJ 
2019 6th Annual Transition Fair
\Calais School Transition Fair.pdf 
 
 
December 10, 20197:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Project Search Open House for Prospective Parents and Students
The Project SEARCH program, a one-year intensive job skills training program based inside Overlook Medical Center, will be hosting an upcoming informational Open House for Prospective Students and their Families. They accept 9 interns each year and are looking for students ages 19-21 with disabilities and a desire to work.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by are due in April 2020.  For more information, please contact Mr. Josh Bornstein, Director of Special Projects, Union County Educational Services Commission, (908) 233-9317, ext. 246.
 
 
January 23, 2020, 7:30pm
Millburn Board of Education, 434 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ  07041
*Planning for Transition:  Why it is Vital for your Student’s Future
The transition planning process is evaluating the student’s skills, abilities, strengths, challenges, and preferences to envision their life after leaving school.  Planning involves setting goals for the student to strive toward and identifying the needs for support.  Carrying out the transition plan can begin and should be a part of the students’ Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).  Students and families must be actively involved in the transition planning process as early as possible and keep it moving forward.  This presentation discusses the importance of planning, the steps necessary to plan, and provides hands-on tools to put a plan in place.
RSVP:Roger Askins, Transition Coordinator, (973) 564-7130, ext. 379, roger.askins@millburn.org
 
 
January 28, 2020, 6:30pm
Kean University, East Campus, 215 North Avenue, Room 161
*College Options for Students with I/DD
This workshop will provide information about the different opportunities that college could offer your student with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We will suggest steps to add to your students’ IEP that can help them orient him or her in the differences in high school and college and accessing supports offered to students with I/DD. 
PLEASE NOTE: Participants must register their vehicle for a visitor's pass using this website:  
 
 
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
 
 
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,
 
 
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).
 

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

*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: 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): 

https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/supports-program-policy-manual.pdf

(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:

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

Graduates Aging out of School System (for adults planning to receive services from DDD):
https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/graduates-timeline.pdf 
 
The Arc of NJ Family Institute, A Step by Step Process to DDD Eligibility:
https://www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org/resources/ddd-eligibility-go-bag.html 
 
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
 
 
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 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 
 
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, 
\Scholarship announcement 1.docx (new application pending)