your child at risk for dropping out of school? Has your child left
school without obtaining a high school diploma? Click here for
suggestions on what you can do.
Edison Job Corps
New Jersey Youth Corps
JobTIPS is a program to help individuals with disabilities explore
career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully
maintain it. JobTIPS addresses social and behavioral differences
that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more
difficult. Though JobTIPS is designed for direct use by individuals
with autism and other disabilities, it is also suitable for delivery
by teachers, family members, clinicians, mentors, and job coaches.
NCWD/Youth’s Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success
Podcast Series (2011):
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for
Youth (NCWD/Youth) has released a new podcast series for parents and
families, “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success.” The
podcast episodes are: #1 “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job
Success,” #2 “How to Build Communication Skills for Job Success,” #3
“How to Build Interpersonal Skills for Job Success,” and #4 “How to
Build Lifelong Learning Skills for Job Success.” The series provides
ideas for parents and families on activities they can do at home and
include in their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to
ensure the development of skills needed for job success following
completion of high school
Reference Points: Guía sobre las Leyes de Discapacidad (Handbook
The Southwest ADA Center’s “Guía sobre las Leyes de Discapacidad,”
Spanish language version of “The Disability Law Handbook,” is
available. The Handbook is written in FAQ format and answers
questions about the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation
Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of
Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments.
Office of Disabilities Services -
IDEA, ADA, IEP'S, and Section 504 Plans: What Happens in College?
Division of Developmental Disabilities Guardianship
GANJI – Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc.
to Become the Legal Guardian of a Person Receiving Services From the
Division of Developmental Disabilities -
Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program
Planning for your Disabled Child, Kiplinger, by Kimberly Lankford,
Need guidance on how to assist your child with paying for college?
Need information about scholarships? Click here for some guidance.
Free Application for Federal
Hispanic College Fund
Education Spanish and English
The Influence of Families on the Employment Process (June 2011):
The Institute for Community Inclusion, University of
Massachusetts-Boston, shares the thoughts and feelings of people
with intellectual disabilities about how their families help them
make decisions throughout their lives. Family members can motivate
people to work, help them understand why work is important,
influence self-determination and empowerment, and help them develop
understanding of themselves and their place in the workplace. This
resource includes tips to help families be involved in helping
people prepare for, find, and keep jobs.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Integrated Employment
Toolkit (2011): The transition form school to employment
is a critical time in the lives of youth with disabilities.
Collected are strategies to help youth and their families access the
full range of support available to prepare them for successful
transition to integrated, competitive employment.
Supported Employment Vendors who Provide Services:
Parent’s Guide to Teaching Life Skills (2001) (Parent Guide):
“Ready, Set, Fly” is a companion tool for the Casey Foundation’s
Life Skills Guide. It covers topics such as money management, social
skills, nutrition, self-care, work skills, housing and
transportation, community resources, and learning about candidates
in elections. This guide helps families help their young adults gain
the skills they need to live as independently and as well as
possible. Available in pdf (57 pages, 170 KB).
Parents, Teens, and Money: A Clear and Simple Guide to Discussing
Financial Responsibility (2008) (Parent Guide): Chase Card
Services, in collaboration with College Parents of America,
published this online guide to help parents discuss important
financial topics with their teens.
The Youth Transition Toolkit:
A Guide for Young People with Disabilities Transitioning to
Adulthood by Talent Knows No Limits (TKNL), a public information
campaign of the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP).
The toolkit is a guide on preparing for transition to adulthood and
making choices about their own health care, education, employment,
finances, independent living, and social and recreational
activities. While some of the services and resources provided are
California state-specific, much of the guidance applies to youth in
– College Option for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Parent Technical Assistance
Network April 2009 Webinar, “Why Not College: Inclusive College
Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities,” along with
other information on the Higher Education Act and Students with
Selective Service System:
Males (171/2 and older) must Selective Services even those with
Center for Modern Dance Education Learning
Through the Arts
84 Euclid Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Elissa Machlin-Lockwood
Ages 2 to senior citizens. Creative noncompetitive inclusive
classes for children and adults. Special class for teens and adults
JCC on the Palisades Special Services
411 East Clinton Ave
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Contact: Cheryl Edelstein
Various recreation programs for children through adults
Montclair Riding Academy
12-22 Woodlane Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
Therapeutic horseback riding
Special Olympics New Jersey
Provides sports training and athletic competition to children and
adults with intellectual disabilities.