Planning for Adult Life activities, events, and materials are conducted and developed in partnership with
The Arc of New Jersey with funding from the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
Overview of Services from the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
As students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families begin to think about the transition from high school to adult life, they often wonder about what services are available in the adult world to support someone with I/DD to live as independently as possible. Join us for this informative webinar by Nkechi Ugoji, Senior Coordinator, Transition, Policy & Training for the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities as she discusses what DDD has to offer and how to plan for the transition to DDD services.
Wednesday, February 20, at 6 pm
Join Us at an Opportunity Expo Near You
Register today and get the information you need to help your child transition!
The Planning for Adult Life Program hosts FREE Parent Forums and Opportunity Expos throughout the state. These events include workshops on a wide-range of topics, including: support coordination, the continuum of community services, financial planning, eligibility requirements, and where to find help. The Opportunity Expo features a variety of exhibitors that will include state and county government entities, community service providers, service coordinators, local health care support, recreation providers, and information & referral services. Families will be exposed to resources and supports in their area, and will have the chance to interview potential service providers to hire. To register, click on the following links:
Preparing Your Student for Transition Planning
Transition planning is a formal process for helping kids with IEPs figure out what they want to do after high school and how to get there. It’s required by the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  (IDEA).

IEP transition planning is more than just a hopeful exercise or brainstorming session. During planning, your child will work on specific goals. She’ll also receive services to help her achieve these goals.

Transition Services include, but are not limited to:
Once transition goals are set, the IEP team will decide what services your child needs to meet her goals. The range of possible services is very broad. It can include:
  • Instruction (including special education)
  • Related services
  • Community experiences, like volunteer work
  • Career and college counseling
  • Help with daily living skills, if needed

Learn more by clicking HERE.
Free Workshops, Presentations Available to Parents
If you haven't stopped by the Planning for Adult Life calendar lately, now is the time to check it out. Events, Hands on Workshops (HOW Series) and presentations are held throughout the state and are free to parents and open to the public. Planning for Adult Life sessions focus on a variety of topics impacting your student with I/DD, so don't miss an opportunity to attend an event near you.
Supporting Your Students Success In High School and Beyond: Parental Tips
High school can be both an exciting and overwhelming time for students and their parents. There are increased academic, social, and extracurricular expectations, as well as exciting opportunities for students to spread their wings. Pacer National Parent Center on Transition and Employment offers tips and resources to help support your student on the road to adulthood.
To continue reading, click HERE .