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February 2017

In This Edition

Now Accepting
Grant Proposals

March is Developmental
Disabilities Awareness Month

Self-Directed Employee
Policy Changes at DDD

Winter 2017 Issue of
People & Families Magazine
Now Available

Your Transportation & Health Stories Needed


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NJCDD Currently Accepting Grant Proposals

On January 20, the NJCDD formally announced three new grant opportunities for 2017 in the areas of Self-Advocate/Family Member Training, Direct Support Staffing, and Special Education.  The NJCDD will be accepting grant proposals from interested organizations from now until Monday, March 6 at 5pm.
For complete information about the grant opportunities currently available, visit us online at
The Council has received a number of questions relating to the proposal submission process from organizations interested in applying for grant funding.  In an effort to provide all prospective grantees with equal assistance and information, the NJCDD will be posting each question, along with our response, on a single webpage to be read by all. 

Please visit our Grants page at to view a list of all questions and answers relating to our current grant cycle.  And please CHECK BACK OFTEN, as we will continue to post questions and responses from now until the application deadline of Monday, March 6, 2017.


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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
Every March, the NJCDD joins in the national celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, highlighting the significant role people with developmental disabilities play in our society.  This year, we're excited to once again partner with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and National Disability Rights Network to present the social media campaign,
Life Side By Side
This campaign will work to highlight examples of community inclusion, contributions made by people with disabilities, and the spirit of togetherness all month long. The NJCDD and its partners will be providing a month’s worth of social media content, including information about developmental disabilities, examples of Side by Side stories, disability-related statistics and resources, and photo/video content. Every weekday throughout the month, the NJCDD will post new information, encouraging our
Facebook and Twitter followers to “like” and share each post.
But we want you to share too!  We're be encouraging our social media followers, program participants, and all other members of the community to get involved! We’ll be calling on you to post and share videos, photos, or short stories highlighting people with developmental disabilities who are active in their communities.
To join in this month-long campaign, simply to post content on your personal social media accounts (Facebook, twitter, Instagram) or on the NJCDD’s Facebook page, using the hashtag:
#DDawareness17, and tagging the NJCDD or NACDD with your post.
Don’t have a social media account? You can still participate! Just send an email to the NJCDD at, with your DD Awareness Month story, photo, or video link attached, and we’ll post it for you!


Self-Directed Employment Training – Update for Families
On January 13, 2017, Regional Family Support Planning Council advocates alerted families of a number of upcoming changes that the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities has made to our state’s Self-Directed Services system.  In addition, these family advocates contacted NJ Dept. of Human Services Acting Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly to convey the concerns that many New Jersey families have with these planned changes. 
Since then, Acting Commissioner Connolly has issued two letters in response to the emails and letters sent by Family Support Council advocates and family members across our state.  The NJCDD has posted copies of both letters on our Family Support page at
The NJCDD is continuing to communicate with families about their concerns as DDD rolls out these new changes to the Self-Directed Employment system, and to facilitate dialog between families and state policymakers.  Family members are encouraged to reach out to our Statewide Family Support Coordinator, Kyoko Coco, with any questions or comments.
Kyoko Coco
Statewide Family Support Planning Council Coordinator

Winter 2017 Issue of People & Families Magazine Available Now
Winter 2017 Cover-smThe newest issue of
People & Families Magazine is currently available to download now at
Stories featured in the
Winter 2017 issue include: 
  • “Film Academy 360: State-of-the-Art Media Production Training for Students on the Autism Spectrum”
  • “Choices and Challenges: Support Coordination in New Jersey”
  • “On Being a DSP: The Challenges and Rewards of the Direct Support Profession”
    …and much more!

Additional hardcopies of the magazine are available by request, while supplies last.  Also, subscription to People & Families Magazine is free of charge.  To subscribe to the magazine, or to request additional copies, contact the editor at or 609-633-8280.
Your Transportation & Health Stories Needed!

The NJCDD’s Disability Specialist in Health & Transportation, Dennie Todd, is calling on New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities to share their experiences with using public transportation or with accessing healthcare in our state. 

We’ll be compiling YOUR stories, comments, and concerns relating to public transportation or healthcare for people with developmental disabilities, and sharing them with the key decision makers that plan and implement services in our state. 

To share your story, email
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities | PO Box 700, Trenton, NJ 08625 | 609-292-3745 |

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Trenton, New Jersey 08619

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