Awards Funding for New AT Projects
West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ has announced
grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology
services and devices in New Jersey.
The following eight grants have been awarded:
Penns Grove - Carneys Point Regional School District
The Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District will build
a collaborative device reutilization program for assistive technology
devices that have been purchased by public, charter, and private
school districts in Cumberland and Salem counties. This program
will provide for reutilization of assistive technology devices that
are currently not being used or being kept in storage. These devices
were previously purchased for students who are no longer attending
or utilizing the assistive technology. The grant will also enable
short term borrowing or loans of available and unused assistive
technology devices to other school districts (public, private, or
charter) within Cumberland and Salem counties.
The purpose of the Assistive Technology for Independence 2017 project
will be to expand existing assistive technology capacity of AssistiveTek's
partner, DAWN, a Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving Sussex,
Morris and Warren counties, especially in supporting underserved
populations. Capacity will be expanded by creating partnerships
between AssistiveTek and DAWN, increasing staff and consumer knowledge
of available assistive technology as it relates to "smart home"
technology and how it can be used to support individuals with traumatic
brain injuries and cognitive, motor, learning, and communication
disabilities; increasing staff knowledge of available off-the-shelf
assistive technology; and supporting the CIL's goals of updating
and upgrading of its existing assistive technology.
The Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education
Studies (CATIES), located at The College of New Jersey
The goal of this project is to provide Assistive Technology training
to expand Transition Services. CATIES will educate transition personnel,
teachers, high school and college students with disabilities, and
parents on how to prepare youth for transition to college and/or
employment through the use of iPad technology and instruction in
self-advocacy. A series of 15 on-site trainings will be delivered
to expand community knowledge and a resource website will be developed
to contain up-to-date transition-related assistive technology information.
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey,
Inc. will provide greater local access to assistive technology and
information through public awareness activities, product demonstration,
and training in the focus area of Pre-Employment Transition Services.
These services will assist students transitioning from school to
career to become more independent at home and in the community.
In addition to working with various school districts to provide
transition services to high school students, staff at Goodwill also
works collaboratively with funding partners such as the NJ Division
of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and the Division of
Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to meet the needs of program participants.
Goodwill will work with DVRS and DDD referrals as well as staff
to demonstrate how specific devices assist transitioning students
in completing needed tasks.
Atlantic Cape Community College
Atlantic Cape will enhance the scope of existing assistive technology
services available to people with disabilities in Atlantic County
and Cape May counties. Many college students with disabilities in
this region and across the state lack access to assistive technologies,
do not even know they exist, or are not properly trained on their
use. The aim of this project is to close these gaps. Workshops and
trainings for students, staff, and faculty will demonstrate a variety
of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services,
with a focus on innovative uses of technology to support individuals
with disabilities. Transition training will be provided on assistive
technology services for individuals transitioning from school to
Alternatives, Inc. - Bridges to Employment
The Bridges to Employment program mission is to provide an outstanding
level of career-related services, supporting individuals who are
seeking to obtain and maintain competitive employment and employers
seeking qualified candidates to fill their employment needs. The
Career Development Center will create a device demonstration lab
focused on equipment available to meet the needs of all types of
hearing loss for the consumers, employers and the community. The
lab will be outfitted with modifications, accommodations, and resources
enabling employers to hire qualified candidates.
Kingsway Learning Center
Kingsway Learning Center will develop a community-based assistive
technology demonstration center showcasing technology supports to
meet an array of needs. Monthly trainings will be provided to interested
community members on various AT topics.
The Technology Enhanced Transition project will focus on three New
Jersey regions by partnering with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Services offices in Camden, Somerset, and Morris counties. By collaborating
with the DVRS staff, a set of trainings will be developed that will
help each county make use of assistive technology in support of
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) outlined in the federal
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Center for Mental Health Law, Disability Rights New Jersey and New
Jersey Human Services Commission Announce Completion of Settlement
That Transformed State's Mental Health Service System
David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a national legal
advocacy organization advancing the rights of people with mental
disabilities, Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), the New Jersey
protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities, and
New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly today
announced that a settlement agreement expanding opportunities for
residents of New Jersey's state psychiatric hospitals to live in
integrated settings has come to a conclusion after more than six
the press release click
Study Looking for Parents of Student with IDD
Research shows that families
are essential in the employment process for people with intellectual
and developmental disabilities (IDD). But often, the messages families
receive about employment are conflicting, and can vary between service
The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention
is looking for parents of students with IDD to participate in a
study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used to coach families
on planning for employment. This study is part of ThinkWork! at
The study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your
Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement
strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their
family member with IDD.
participants can complete
the screening survey here.
Mobile Resources To Support Behavioral Health
SAMHSA has resources
that can help address some of the toughest mental health and substance
use challenges, including suicide prevention, bullying prevention,
behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention.
- Suicide Safe
helps health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies
into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying
and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and
educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids ages 3 to 18.
- SAMHSA Disaster
App provides responders with access to critical resources—like
Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care—and SAMHSA's Behavioral
Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support
to survivors after a disaster.
They Hear You is an interactive game that can help parents and
caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations
they may ever have with children—underage drinking.
Offers Information Guides on Disability Benefits, Programs, and
reliable disability-related information and resources can be time
consuming. That's why Disability.gov has developed a series of 14
guides about topics such as disability benefits, housing assistance,
job training programs, and financial help for families with low
incomes. Other guides cover services that promote independence for
people with disabilities such as home health care, programs for
caregivers, assistive technology, and more.
guide begins with a series of “quick links” that answer many frequently
asked questions. Disability.gov’s Guides to Information & Resources
also connect you to information about local organizations that offer
programs and services that promote the inclusion and full participation
of people with disabilities in their communities. To learn more,
Call Line Dedicated to Help People Coping with Opiate Addiction
MHANJ's new call line, NJ Connect for Recovery, is dedicated to
providing counseling to people who are coping with addiction to
heroin or prescription drugs and their family members. Please help
us raise awareness of this valuable service by forwarding this message
to friends, family members and constituents. For more information,
go to http://www.njconnectforrecovery.org/material
Inclusion Campaign Website Launched
Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), Education Law Center (ELC), the New Jersey
Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) and other advocates launched
“The Inclusion Campaign” (http://www.inclusioncampaign.org)
website. The website is a resource for families, educators and other
advocates regarding the landmark 2013 legal settlement with the
New Jersey Department of Education to educate more of the state’s
students with disabilities in an inclusive environment.
For more information,
contact: Gregory Joseph, 646-346-4289, email@example.com