Planning for Adult Life Monthly Newsletter

Planning for Adult Life Monthly Newsletter

Special Announcement, Developmental Disabilities Awareness, Parent Forum

Planning for Adult Life activities, events, and materials are conducted and developed in partnership with

The Arc of New Jersey with funding from the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities

WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS

Overview of Services from the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) PART 2

As students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families begin to think about the transition from high school to adult life, they often wonder about what services are available in the adult world to support someone with I/DD to live as independently as possible. Join us for part 2 of this informative webinar by Nkechi Ugoji, Senior Coordinator, Transition, Policy & Training for the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities as she discusses what DDD has to offer, how to plan for the transition to DDD services, and answers your questions from our last webinar.

Wednesday, March 20, at 6 pm

Join Us at an Opportunity Expo Near You

Register today and get the information you need to help your child transition!

The Planning for Adult Life Program hosts FREE Parent Forums and Opportunity Expos throughout the state. These events include workshops on a wide-range of topics, including: support coordination, the continuum of community services, financial planning, eligibility requirements, and where to find help. The Opportunity Expo features a variety of exhibitors that will include state and county government entities, community service providers, service coordinators, local health care support, recreation providers, and information & referral services. Families will be exposed to resources and supports in their area, and will have the chance to interview potential service providers to hire. To register, click on the following links:

March is National

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc of New Jersey has a lot planned to celebrate this occasion, including an advocacy day at the State House. This will give Self-Advocates the opportunity to interact with their legislators and talk about the current issues affecting their lives. If you're interested in learning more about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, check out our web site which has a number of free resources.

Free Workshops, Presentations Available to Parents

If you haven't stopped by the Planning for Adult Life calendar lately, now is the time to check it out. Events, Hands on Workshops (HOW Series) and presentations are held throughout the state and are free to parents and open to the public. Planning for Adult Life sessions focus on a variety of topics impacting your student with I/DD, so don't miss an opportunity to attend an event near you.

Podcast: To Disclose ... or Not?

Who do you tell about your child’s learning and attention issues? When? Does the explanation depend on the situation? And how are you preparing your child to own those ongoing disclosure decisions?

In this Understood.org episode, hosts Lexi Walters Wright and Amanda Morin tackle these questions. They talk with families whose experiences range from triumphant to cautionary—and in-between. You’ll hear from a mom whose daughter’s very public dyslexia disclosure turned her into an author. And from a parent whose son’s refusal to disclose cost him a scholarship.

To listen, click HERE.

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