Looking for resources for your loved one living with a disability in New Jersey can be a difficult and stressful task. With so many different sources out there to get information from, you never know which one is the best. Within this post we will discuss the three most useful resources that you can access at any time, as well as an important tool that can be used by all.
NJ Division of Disability Services
Just as it says on their website, the NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS) should be the first place to call for disability related information. Within the Department of Human Services, the Division of Disability Services provides a single point of entry for those seeking disability related information in New Jersey.
According to the DDS, they work to streamline access to services and information that promotes and enhances independent living for individuals with all disabilities by facilitating coordination and cooperation among local, county, and state government agencies. DDS also publishes New Jersey Resources, the most comprehensive guide of services available throughout New Jersey for people with disabilities. This directory is updated annually.
For more information go to: http://nj.gov/humanservices/dds/home/
Disability.gov has guides for a wide array of subjects such as, disability benefits, employment, financial help, transportation, etc. The guides have been developed to help people with disabilities, their families and caregivers locate the resources they need in their community and nationwide. Whether you’re looking for information about Social Security benefits, how to find a job, or financial assistance for students with disabilities, you’ll find a guide with answers to your questions.
For more information, visit: https://www.disability.gov/disability-govs-guides-to-information/
Easter Seals New Jersey Information Referral Line
Easter Seals New Jersey has an information referral line that you may call at any time to help assist in finding the information you are looking for. Whether it is an Easter Seals service or program that you have questions about, or just a general question, we are always here to help you with the questions you may have.
You may reach our Information Referral Line by calling 855-215-4541 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To find localized events in your area, such as transition fairs, community resource fairs, or expos, in which you can meet face to face with organizations that provide services for individuals living with special needs and disabilities, Google Alerts will be a very helpful resource. Google Alerts provides you with email notifications any time Google finds new results on a topic that interests you. For example, if you are looking for “New Jersey Transition Fair” updates, any time the words “New Jersey Transition Fair” appear anywhere on the web, Google will notify you of the website and provide you with a link to go see what that website is all about.
For more information, visit support.google.com/alerts/answer/4815696?hl=en for step by step instructions of how to create an alert, and how often you will receive alerts.
Looking for resources to help aid you and your loved one can be quite time consuming and stressful. With this post, you now have a few easy and stress free ways to find resources in New Jersey, or in any other state across the country.