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
Planning for Transition: Applying for SSI and Medicaid
As students in special education prepare to enter adulthood, there are several areas that need to be addressed. One of the most important is for individuals with I/DD who are turning 18 years old to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Join us for this informative presentation, led by The Arc of New Jersey's Mainstreaming Medical Care Director Beverly Roberts, which will discuss why applying for SSI and Medicaid is important, the steps you need to take to prepare to apply, and then how to apply for this important benefit.
Wednesday, January 16, at 6 pm

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:
ABLE Accounts Offer People with Disabilities a Way to Save
There's no limit to what people with disabilities can do. Now, that includes saving, too. As we kick off a New Year, it's the perfect time to explore the benefits of NJ ABLE, an account you can use to save for qualified disability expenses without losing your eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid.
Qualified expenses include, but are not limited to:
Education, Health and Wellness, Housing, Transportation, Legal Fees, Financial Management, Employment Training and Support, Assistive Technology, Personal Support Services, Oversight and Monitoring, Funeral and Burial Expenses.
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.
Why Friendship and Play are Good for Your Child with a Disability
Play and friendships help your child with a disability learn all kinds of skills and abilities. After all, children are fantastic teachers of other children. And playing with other children is great for helping your child feel good about herself.
Social-emotional development
Play and friendships help your child learn about  sharing , cooperating, working out what other people are feeling and making friends with other children.
Friends are fun and can be caring too. Your child will get to know that he can rely on other children for support.
By being with other children, your child can learn new ways of talking, listening and communicating. She can hear and see how other children ‘use their words’ to say what they want and need when they’re together. And she can practise using her words too.
To continue reading, click HERE .