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The Arc of New Jersey
Posted By Horizon NJ Health on July 16, 2013
Tags: Arc of New Jersey, Quality of Life, Disabilities
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The Arc of New Jersey advocates for the rights of those in New Jersey who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those it serves through empowerment, education and prevention. There are 20 local county chapters, with each location offering a variety of programs and services to support those with disabilities and their families through all stages of their life. 

The Arc of New Jersey coordinates the following programs:

  • Coalition for Prevention – mobilize statewide efforts to reduce the incidence of preventable developmental disabilities.
  • Criminal Justice Advocacy – provide alternatives to incarceration on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Education Advocacy – assist in ensuring that children with disabilities receive educational services tailored to their needs.
  • Family Advocacy – assist families of individuals with developmental disabilities in advocating for changes in public policy.
  • Governmental Affairs – communicates with state government officials to ensure that the welfare of individuals with disabilities remains a priority.
  • Mainstreaming Medical Care – advocate for quality care and changes in Medicaid and Medicare that can help individuals with disabilities.
  • Project HIRE – provide employment placement and training for adults with disabilities and school-to-work transition services for students with disabilities.
  • Self-Advocacy – provide skills training and support for adults with disabilities learning how to advocate their needs and goals on their own behalf.

For more information, visit www.arcnj.org. To find an Arc location near you, visit www.arcnj.org/about/local_chapters.html.