The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides public funding for services and supports that assist adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 21 and older to live as independently as possible. Services and supports are available in the community from independent providers, and in five state-run developmental centers.
The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides a wide range of individualized services to assist persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and/or maintain employment consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities, and capabilities. Specific services are offered based on individual need. Services include vocational assessment, counseling and guidance, job placement assistance, education and vocational training, and other services as required to assist the individual to achieve employment. Transportation assistance is available for eligible consumers who are receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services. There are various field office locations throughout the state.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures. NCSET provides technical assistance and disseminates information focused on four major areas of national significance for youth with disabilities and their families: providing students with disabilities with improved access and success in the secondary education curriculum; ensuring that students achieve positive post-school results in accessing postsecondary education, meaningful employment, independent living and participation in all aspects of community life; supporting student and family participation in education and post-school decision making and planning; and improving collaboration and system linkages at all levels through the development of broad-based partnerships and networks at the nation, state, and local levels.
Planning for Adult Life is a statewide project funded by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to assist young adults (between the ages of 16-21) with developmental disabilities and their families in charting a life course for adulthood. They offer a variety of resources including informational sessions, webinars, and resource guides/ materials that address: postsecondary education/ employment; housing; legal/ financial planning; entitlement programs and eligibility; self-direction; health/ behavioral health; building/ maintaining community ties and friendships; planning/ visioning a life course.
The Arc of New Jersey is the state’s largest organization advocating for and serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of New Jersey is an affiliated chapter of The Arc, and community-based services are available statewide through a strong network of Local County Chapters.
This guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment. This guide references the rights and responsibilities that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and highlights the significant differences between the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in the high school setting and the rights and responsibilities these students will have once they are in the post-secondary education setting.