NJ Early Intervention System Proposes Changes
to Family Cost share;
Public Policy Resources
to learn more about New Jersey's upcoming Preschool Expansion
Video Clip from Region 5 Conference
The Association for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities has created a brief report comparing New Jersey's performance to the national average on the National Core Indicators.
The aim of the National Core Indicators (NCI) is to develop nationally recognized performance and outcome indicators that will provide a benchmark (point of reference) for all stakeholders on the performance of their state against the performance of other states in terms of services and supports for people with disabilities.
The synthesis of the most recent NCI report (2007-2008) points out that New Jersey is within the average range for most indicators, and is significantly above in several indicators. In the area of Systems Performance, New Jersey is significantly below average in many of the indicators and within the average range for several other indicators.
Some of the areas in which New Jersey rates significantly worse than the national average for people with disabilities include:
-Choosing their own work or day activity
-Looking at more than one job or more than one home
-Having friends and caring relationships with people other than support staff and family members
-Having a close friend
-Being able to see their families whenever they want
-Being satisfied with where they live and with their personal life
-Knowing their case manager
-Reporting that their case manager helps them get what they need and asks about their preferences
- Receiving support to learn or do something new
-Having adequate transportation when they want to go somewhere
-Having needed services available.
Participation in State Assessments by Students with Disabilities
No Child Left Behind requires all students to be assessed throughout elementary school until the completion of high school. For students with disabilities who have IEPs, the IEP Team – which includes the student’s parents – determines whether the student should take the regular state assessment (such as the NJ ASK, GEPA, HSPA), the regular state assessment with specified accommodations, or an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards known in NJ as the APA.
The APA is to be used only for
those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
decision whether a student is to take the APA is
not predetermined by his or
her placement or by disability
is, simply because a student is placed in a self-contained classroom or
is classified as cognitively impaired does
not mean that the student must
be assessed by means of the APA instead of the regular state assessment
Call SPAN for Assistance. If you believe your district is not following the appropriate guidelines for assessing your child and is pressuring you to agree to use the APA, please call SPAN’s Information Specialists for assistance. We can be reached on our toll-free line at 1-800-654-SPAN (7726).
For information of NJ’s guidelines on use of the APA, see http://www.nj.gov/education/assessment/assessment/apa/guidelines.pdf
Letters regarding Health Care Issues
NEW!! Family Voices-NJ Comments on the Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers Relating to Coverage of Preventive Services Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
NEW!! Family Voices-NJ Comments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Requirements for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Relating to Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, and Patient Protections: Final Rule and Proposed Rule
NEW!! Family Voices-NJ Comments on Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Relating to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interim Final Rule and Proposed Rule
NEW!! Family Voices-NJ Comments on Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges; Request for Comments Regarding Exchange-Related Provisions in Title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
NEW!! Family Voices-NJ Comments on Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers Relating to Dependent Coverage of Children to Age 26 Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
NEW!! Family Voices-NJ Comments on the Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers Relating to Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Processes Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Family Voices comments on the Proposed Early Intervention
System Single Point of Entry-Model II
Family Voices-NJ comments on Proposed IDEA Part C Regulations for Early Intervention
Testimony of Family Voices NJ on the 2009
Maternal & Child Health Block Grant
Aversives and Restraints
Adobe Acrobat file (.pdf)
A.P.R.A.I.S. APRIL 16, 2004 – PRESS RELEASE
FAMILY ALLIANCE SCHEDULES "LUNCH + LEARN" FOR NJ LEGISLATORS