Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates is a tool designed to help people with disabilities, families, and friends find and use resources that are available. This may include family and friends, community-based services, state funded waivers and programs, and other resources to help empower people with disabilities to live as independently as possible and make their own choices about what they need.
This tool can help those using it become more self-sufficient and independent. It can also help spread awareness about resources that you may not have known about or been familiar with. It is a tool to inform about various resources and how to access them.
View the Toolkit – Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates
This comprehensive guide, developed by The Arc of New Jersey, provides information about colon cancer for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. It helps explain what cancer is, the importance of screenings and early detection, and lifestyle changes that may help reduce one’s risk of developing it.
View the Guide – Let’s Talk About Health: Health Screenings that Detect Colon Cancer and Lifestyle Choices that May Help Reduce the Risk of Developing it
This comprehensive guide, developed by The Arc of New Jersey, provides information about breast cancer for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It helps explain what cancer is, the importance of screenings and early detection, and lifestyle changes that may help reduce one’s risk of developing it.
View the Guide – Let’s Talk About Health: Health Screenings that Detect Breast Cancer and Lifestyle Choices that May Help Reduce the Risk of Developing it
In this video, produced by the National Gateway to Self Determination, individuals with disabilities describe what self-advocacy is, how it works, why it’s needed, and how one can work to become more self-determined and use self-advocacy in his/her own life.
View the Video – Gateway to Self-Determination: Self-Advocacy
This video tells a story of how one young man uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to perform daily tasks and live independently in his community. It also addresses the misconceptions that people have about those that use AAC.
View the Video – Chris Klein: Building Relationships through the Tools of Communication
This webpage presents a list of 25 scholarships available to students on the autism spectrum who are interested in pursuing post-secondary options. It includes the deadline and contact information for each scholarship.
View the Webpage – 25 Great Scholarships for Students on the Autism Spectrum
This webpage provides an overview of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs), and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.
View the Webpage – U.S. Department of Labor: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) provides cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists to ensure that people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces. The project will develop disability-content materials, including a technical assistance guide; a dedicated website that will include all materials as well as state-specific information, resources, and experiences; provide on-going TA to navigators; and will discuss the feasibility of providing “hands-on” technical assistance to navigators and/or their host organizations.
View the Website – ACA National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)
This article from a March 2010 issue of Exceptional Parent discusses topics that parents may want to consider as children with I/DD approach the age of 18. More specifically, it focuses on decision-making issues and possible government benefits for the adult child.
View the Article – Exceptional Parent: Planning Ahead For When Your Special Child Turns 18
This article from a July 2012 issue of Exceptional Parent provides a list of program that the federal government offers to individuals with disabilities and their families. Additionally, it connects readers to links that they can visit to find out more information about eligibility and the application process.
View the Article – Exceptional Parent: Government Benefits for Children with Special Needs