Employment Tips For Individuals With Special Needs and Disabilities

IMG_1344Whether you are an individual living with a disability or special need, or if you are a parent/caregiver of a special needs child, you have probably thought about what opportunities are available for young adults with disabilities after high school.  Many individuals, parents, and caregivers may not know what is next when it comes to planning for adulthood, however, one option, is to develop skills that can be used in the community that can be applied to a job.

Read moreEmployment Tips For Individuals With Special Needs and Disabilities

Halloween Costumes for Individuals Living With Disabilities

UntitledeHalloween can be one of the most exciting holidays for individuals of all ages.  From the fun costumes, to all the candy, no one wants to be left out of trick-or-treating or attending fun Halloween parties where they have the opportunity to become something else for a night.  However, for individuals living with disabilities, the task of finding a Halloween costume may be a struggle, or they might find the experience of  wearing one a bit troublesome due to sensory issues.  While store bought costumes may work just fine, there is also a chance they can be scratchy and uncomfortable to wear for some.  Some store bought costumes also may not be designed for individuals who use walkers, canes, are in wheelchairs, etc.  But do not give up!  There are several options to address the above concerns and many different costumes out there that can be adapted or created to suit individuals living with a disability.

Read moreHalloween Costumes for Individuals Living With Disabilities

Easter Seals New Jersey’s Fall Walk With Me & Community Resource Fair!!!

FALL WWM Flyer 10-17-15 GhostAt Easter Seals New Jersey, our goal is to enrich the lives of people living with disabilities and special needs, and those who care about them, by providing opportunities to live learn, work, and play in their communities!

On October 17th, individuals, families and friends, will participate in the premiere Easter Seals New Jersey Fall Walk With Me & 5K Fun Run to raise critical awareness and funds for individuals living in New Jersey with disabilities and special needs. Proceeds will benefit the nearly 8,000 individuals and families served through Easter Seals New Jersey’s various programs statewide!

Read moreEaster Seals New Jersey’s Fall Walk With Me & Community Resource Fair!!!

Four Ways To Find Resources For Your Loved One Living With A Disability in New Jersey

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 oweb-resourcesut 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.

Read moreFour Ways To Find Resources For Your Loved One Living With A Disability in New Jersey

Tips To Avoid Back To School Bullying for Individuals With Special Needs and Disabilities

1It’s that time of year again, summer is officially over, and youth all across the country are now back to school.  For some parents, it’s a day that they were waiting for all summer, finally able to get their children out of their hair.  While for other parents, they have been dreading the day because of the chances that their child may be bullied in school.

Parents of youth living with special needs and disabilities, such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities, may be at an increased risk of their child being bullied while at school.  While bullying may not seem like an issue to most parents, to a parent of child with a disability, it can be a big worry.  Ensure your loved one is not being bullied at school by following some of the tips below.

Read moreTips To Avoid Back To School Bullying for Individuals With Special Needs and Disabilities

Welcome To Easter Seals New Jersey’s New Blog!

Hello everyone!  Firstly, welcome and thank you for choosing to visit our new blog.  Easter Seals New Jersey would like to welcome and tell you a bit about what you can expect to find here.

We aim to bring you a new blog every tESNJ Custom NJ CSCL1948 Tagline PMS186wo weeks (maybe more!) as a way of sharing with you our thoughts, opinions and knowledge about a wide variety of topics.  To begin, Easter Seals New Jersey has enriched the lives of people with disabilities and special needs, and those who care about them, by providing opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities since 1948.  We offer a wide range of programs and services that helps connect them with a world of possibilities depending upon their goals.

After doing a few months of research, speaking with caregivers, parents, support professionals, and loved ones about what they would like to see here, we have decided that with this blog, we will focus our posts around our mission of live, learn, work, and play as well as a variety of other popular topics including, but not limited to, resources, health/wellness, education, workforce/skill development/employment, support and physical therapy/fitness.

In addition to blogs from us, we also want to shed a bit more light on the variety of our work, and give you the chance to get to know some of our staff and the important work they do each and every day, by featuring guest bloggers.

Whether it is sharing practical advice, a great resource, success stories, or changes within the state of New Jersey, we hope there is something here for everyone.

Lastly, another great way to get updates about our organization is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  You may also find valuable resources by visiting our website at www.eastersealsnj.org.

Thank you again for visiting our blog!