Bridging the Gap Between High School and Young Adult Services- Webinar Series Recordings

All recording links below will redirect to YouTube.  Part 2 of the series will be uploaded soon. 

Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc.- Here to guide you toward innovative opportunities, supports, and the future

Presented by: Karen Menke, Outreach and Care Coordinator, Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc.
An introduction to how Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. can support you and your family with your transition needs and our agency services overview.

Let us aide you in the Medicaid process

Guest speaker: Darren Garansi, Senior Vice President Continuous Quality Improvement, Allies Inc.
SSI/Medicaid are a necessity for DDD services. Attend this webinar to hear the how tos and the ins and outs of the application process.

Transitioning to Employment with DVRS

Guest speaker: Renee Caratozzolo, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
DVRS has much to oer in the area of transition. Come hear how DVRS can support a student while in school and also support out of school youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

The ABC’s of DDD Services

Guest speaker: Nkechi Okoli, MSW, LSW, Senior Coordinator, Employment First & Transition to 21, DHS - Division of Developmental Disabilities NJ
The DDD application can be a daunting task to complete. Hear how the process is streamlined, how to complete the referral process and how to complete the required NJ CAT assessment.

Mission to Transition- The ins and outs of Abilities’ transition services

Presented by: Karen Menke, Outreach and Care Coordinator, Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc.
How can we help before your child graduates? Has your son or daughter been out of school with no plans? It’s not toolate! We can help!

I have DDD, now what? How to choose a Support Coordination Agency

Guest speaker: Jaime Zahid, Community Supports Educator, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
You have options! Learn how to properly choose a supports coordinator that will be a good fit for you and your family.

Valuable list of links and resources for those OVER the age of 21:

Valuable list of links and resources for those UNDER the age of 21:

Other valuable links and resources:

ABLE - Final IRS Regulations

Autism New Jersey- Autism New Jersey is the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Autism: Navigating Through the Maze- a family guide to navigating the New Jersey Service Systems for individuals with Austim Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities

Center for Parent Information and Resources-  (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Cerebral Palsey Group is dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for individuals with cerebral palsy. Their foundation provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

Dentably- Autism and Dental Care- A guide for their oral treatment.  Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism.

Family Support Center- (FSCNJ) was established in 1994 to provide information and referral on family support programs and services to families caring for a child with a disability, medical condition, rare disorder or other special needs

Memory Care-’s mission is to support older adults living with memory impairment and their families by using the latest, data-driven research and collaborating with memory care experts to provide resources that are accessible to all who are in need. Whether you are in the early stages of memory or cognitive impairment or care for a loved one in the later stages, has tools that can help.

NJ Division of Disability Services- (DDS) provides a single point of entry for those seeking disability-related information in New Jersey

NJ WorkAbility Program- offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network for New Jersey- lifetime advocacy for persons with special needs

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network- empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program- pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources A comprehensive list of digital resources for students with autism

United Way's Pathway for Cargivers Guide- one-of-a-kind resource full of information, advice, and ideas about how to get the support caregivers need for their caregiving journey. It includes separate sections on caring for loved ones who are aging, have disabilities, or mental health issues