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The Arc of New Jersey

(732) 246-2525
North Brunswick

The Arc of New Jersey

The Arc of New Jersey is the largest nonprofit advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in New Jersey. The Arc of New Jersey is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, through advocacy, empowerment, education and prevention.To achieve this goal, The Arc of New Jersey runs several programs.

Camp Jaycee is a residential summer camp for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Campers enjoy games, sports, swimming, boating, crafts, dance and nature. It is a magnificent environment.

The Family Institute provides caregivers of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the necessary resources and education to access the appropriate support and services for their loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability.

Criminal Justice Advocacy is the only one of its kind in the state of New Jersey that provides alternatives to incarceration on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities who are defendants in the criminal justice system through advocacy, case management, education and training.

Governmental Affairs The Director of Governmental Affairs works collaboratively with the Legislature and the Administration to insure that the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a priority both legislatively and in each fiscal budget.

Mainstreaming Medical Care The Director of the Mainstreaming Medical Care Program advocates for quality health care for people with developmental disabilities and monitors and advocates for changes in Medicaid and Medicare that affect individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Medicaid Fact Sheet: Types of Medicaid Eligibility in New Jersey. This fact sheet was developed in collaboration with The Arc of New Jersey's Mainstreaming Medical Care Program, and will help families better understand the type of Medicaid their loved one is eligible for. The factsheet also explains what is covered under Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare, and includes links to start the application process.

New Jersey Self Advocacy Project (NJSAP) was established in 1983 in to challenge individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become involved in events, legislative policies, and issues that affect their lives or lives of others with disabilities.

We work together with these individuals to form The New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network (NJSSAN), which is used as means of supporting positive change on both a personal and social level. The NJSSAN consists of five Councils based on geographic location within the state.

Planning For Adult Life is a statewide project funded by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to assist young adults (between the ages of 16-21) with developmental disabilities and their families in charting a life course for adulthood.

Project HIRE provides an employment and training program for adults with developmental disabilities and provides training services designed to assist schools in developing and implementing quality transition plans for students in special education programs.

Self Advocacy The New Jersey Self Advocacy Project supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in learning the skills necessary to speak for themselves, organizing around issues of importance to them, and working collectively on projects of their choosing.

Training and Consultation Services provides staff training and technical assistance to supported employment providers, support coordinators, self-advocates, families and schools throughout the State of New Jersey. Training topics include but are not limited to, Job Coaching, Job Developing, Documentation & Record Keeping, Communication & Team Building, Management & Program Structure, & Accreditation.

Virtual Program Library: On this site, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers can find and share on-demand activities that they can use whenever it is convenient for them in the comfort of their own homes. Service providers can also find and share resources that they can use to facilitate or deliver live, remote programming for people with IDD.

Recursos en Español Gratis (Free Spanish Resources)

Special Education Resources (Spanish)

The 20 local county chapters of The Arc of New Jersey provide a wide variety of direct services for people with developmental disabilities and their families such as:
  • early intervention for infants and toddlers
  • after school programs
  • group homes and other community based residential programs
  • day programs, including supported and competitive employment
  • recreation programs
  • summer camps
  • prevention programs
  • transportation
  • family support
  • counseling
  • respite
  • and much more.
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Legal / Advocacy
Seasonal Programs
Health Services
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Areas Served
  • State-Wide

Last Updated: 11/27/23