ARC November 2023 Family Advocate Newsletter

The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute provides caregivers with the necessary resources and education to access the appropriate supports and services for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Congressman Kim Tours The Arc of Mercer County

Congressman Andy Kim, from Congressional District 3, toured The Arc of Mercer County last month to learn more about the great services and supports available from the Chapter. During the tour, Congressman Kim met individuals who receive services, talked to staff about their work and asked questions about the various ways The Arc of Mercer County supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. To read more, click here.

30 Resources to Home Modification for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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ACCESS Program in Hudson County

The Accessible College and Continuing Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Program is a ten-week pre-college/workforce transitional program based on a differential learning structure. The courses will teach Fundamental Life Skills/Student Success, Work Readiness, and Computer Literacy (Microsoft Word and Excel Training). This program is for youth with an intellectual or developmental disability between the ages of 17 and 24.

They are hosting upcoming info sessions on November 15th, November 29th, and December 6th. Find more details by clicking the button below.

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Health Services

The Arc of Monmouth specializes in behavioral health care of patients with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities(I/DD). They understand the needs of their unique clients and carefully create treatment plans, modify approaches, and enact modalities to best serve their patients with utmost integrity.

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New Webinar

Food Insecurity and the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Mood, Behavior, Cognition, Physical Health, and Criminality

Monday, November 20, 2023

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Food insecurity is a major public health issue and has been associated with several short and long-term neurobiopsychosocial negative outcomes. One group often overlooked as it pertains to the topic of food insecurity are individuals involved in the criminal justice system. This training will examine the impact food insecurity has on criminal justice involved populations and its implications for mood, behavior, cognition, physical health, and criminality. Other relevant topics of interest discussed include incarceration, offender reentry and criminal recidivism, anger, aggression, and violence, psychosocial determinants of poor health, high-risk coping strategies, internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems, malnutrition, gut-brain health axis dysfunction, poverty and homelessness, toxic stress exposure, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among others. Empirically based research findings will be highlighted throughout this training.

Kids Corner

Shore Lanes Bowling Center in Neptune, NJ hosts various groups on a weekly or monthly basis.

Shore Strikers is a group of children with special needs that meets every Saturday morning at 10:00am. It takes place from September through the end of May.

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Navigating the System

Grounds for Sculpture - Swing Exhibit to Support Wheelchairs!

The exhibit is on display from October 16th - April 1st.

Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, has been working for months to bring an art exhibit that supports the I/DD community to life. The Grounds for Sculpture team engaged the help of multiple parties including artists, Gallagher’s risk management team, and its insurer to transform a piece of interactive art from concept into reality. The concept behind the piece was to inspire a world in which public art and play invite and include people of all abilities. To accomplish this feat, along with three standard swings, the artist who constructed the piece, also built two custom, wheelchair accessible swings for use. The Grounds for Sculpture team is staffing the exhibit and helping to assist peoples of all abilities in using the equipment. Now individuals of all abilities can experience one of the joys that so many of ourselves have growing up – the joys of playing on a swingset!

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From Our Local Chapters of The Arc

The Arc Gloucester Pocketbook Bingo

The Arc of Gloucester is hosting Pocketbook Bingo on Saturday, November 18th. It is taking place at The Sunshine Inn at Camp Sun 'N Fun.

  • Address: 1036 N. Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094
  • Doors open at 4pm, Bingo begins at 6pm
  • Cost: $30 per person, $200 for a table of 8

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