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Important Links & Resources

Our Links and Resources page is a great place to find information you may need or informative links to our partner sites.  These resources will constantly be growing, providing you with valuable information!


Catholic Service Links

Catholic Charities, Social Services in the Diocese of Paterson – For 75 Years, Catholic Charities has been helping people in need throughout the Diocese of Paterson.  DPD is one of three Catholic Charities Agencies in the Diocese, including Catholic Family and Community Services and Straight and Narrow, Inc

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) – The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.  The Department for Persons with Disabilities is a proud member of CCUSA.  You can find a listing of Member Agencies here, stay up to date on Training and Events here, and learn about Professional Interest Sections and Networks here.  

Catholic Heart Workcamp – The mission of Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHW) is to “share the love of Christ as we serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the marginalized in any way needed.”  CHW provides volunteer services for DPD annually.

Catholic Relief Services – Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. They are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as they act to promote human development and serve Catholics in the United States.

Knights of Columbus – The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic, fraternal service organization.  The Knights have helped raise millions of dollars for the Department for Persons with Disabilities since the 1960’s and have donated thousands of hours of community service.  The local Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus have been our main supporters. 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson -  The Diocese of Paterson includes three counties and helps serve over 425,000 Catholics.  DPD is located within the Diocese of Paterson. Here is a link to The Beacon, which is the Diocesan Newspaper. 


New Jersey Disability Links

The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities – The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD) is a New Jersey-based non-partisan not for profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with complex physical and neurological developmental disabilities so that they may have the opportunity to attain the highest level of purpose and dignity.

Camp New Day – Camp New Day provides respites and vacations for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing indoor and outdoor recreational activities that cater to all levels of client functionality.

Disability Benefits 101 NJ – Disability Benefits 101. The Benefits and Work Calculator is for people aged 18-64 using public disability benefits.  You can use the Benefits and Work Calculator on the site to find out how a job may affect your total income and your health coverage.

Disability Rights, NJ – DRNJ is a private, consumer directed organization established to advocate for people with disabilities, promote public awareness and recognition, advise and assist persons with disabilities and provide education and resources. 

Division of Developmental Disabilities, NJ – DDD has been providing and funding services for state residents with developmental disabilities since 1959.  Here is a link of important DDD Resources including Provider Forms and information about Danielle’s Law. 

Gruenert Center – Our adult day program.  We provide diversified experience to approximately 50 clients through paid work opportunities in its sub-contract work area, prime manufacturing of ceramics and community cleaning crews. The program also offers relevant learning experiences through its many specialty groups such as communication, current events, relaxation and stress management and performing arts.

Elizabeth Boggs Center - The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities is New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). The Boggs Center is part of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. Since its inception in 1983, The Center has emphasized a community based, life span approach to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

New Jersey Association of Community Providers – The NJACP is a community of providers “dedicated to advancing sustainable community based agencies that enrich lives and build futures for thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New Jersey.”

New Jersey Department of Human Services, Supports Program Policies and Procedures, a Quick Guide for Families - The Supports Program was developed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), which provides public funding for certain services that assist eligible New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, age 21 and older, to live as independently as possible.

NJ211 – NJ 2-1-1 can help you find solutions to personal needs by informing you of resources in your community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance and more. 

Planning for Adult Life - 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. Thet offer a variety of resources including Informational sessions, webinars, and resource guides/materials.

Support Coordination in Sussex County - The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) now provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with Support Coordination Services in Sussex County. DPD will work with individuals and their families to develop an individualized, person centered service plan; complete the NJ-ISP and Person Centered Planning Tools; and to provide comprehensive case management services designed around the participant and family’s needs.


 Other Disability Resources – This site offers information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation

Alzheimer’s Association – The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Here is a link, published by the Alzheimer’s Association, on Down Syndrome and Dementia.

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium - The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place.

Coping with Disabilities Guide - This guide includes the legal rights of person's with disabilities, an overview of the more popular types of disabilities and comprehensive list of apps and software programs appropriate for each type and financial aid available for them. This will help many differently abled students get by in school especially those who are transitioning from high school to college.

Creating a Home Where Your Child with Disabilities can Thrive - This guide from HomeCity Real Estate provides tips to modify your home to help meet the needs of your child with disabilities.

Disability.Gov Education Information – Offers National and State information on Disability Education. 

Disability Scoop – “The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News”, founded in 2008, Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a more timely and comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities - Assistive Technology and disaster preparedness for people with sensory disabilities.

Do2Learn – Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – This site offers information about Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) which are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.

Friendship Circle – A regularly updated blog that puts out helpful tips, information and resources for the intellectual and developmental disability community. Twitter: @FCMichigan

Interactive Autism Network - IAN, the Interactive Autism Network, was established in January 2006 at Kennedy Krieger Institute. IAN's goal is to facilitate research that will lead to advancements in understanding and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). 

Job Accommodation Network - The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Keeping People with Disabilities Safe around Construction - By following the recommendations of the ADA, as well as recommended safety protections established by national safety organizations, the risk of a pedestrian with disabilities injury at a construction site can be mitigated.

Learning Disability’s Association of America - The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a national network of volunteers with thousands of members including individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

Legal Resources for People with Special Needs - Legal concerns of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are sometimes left unheard. This guide is designed to provide information about what legal concerns people with disabilities might face and how to address them appropriately.

Medicare - Sign up for Medicare, file a claim, or learn about what Medicare covers.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) - NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more.

The National Disability Rights Network - the NDRN advocates for the enactment and enforcement of laws protecting civil and human rights of people with disabilities. 

National Down Syndrome Society -  The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

National Fragile X Foundation – The National Fragile X Foundation unites the Fragile X community to enrich the lives of people with Fragile X, promote public and professional awareness and to advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.

Possibilities: A Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities – Possibilities is a website that has a wealth of information on special needs planning.  Here is a specific subpage on Special Needs Trusts.

Sibling Support Project – The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns

Social Security – Offers information about benefits for people with disabilities, frequently asked questions and the option to apply for benefits. 

Social Security Disability Help – The Social Security Disability application process can be very difficult to navigate. This blog can help you with some of your inquires.

Special Needs Planning Guide (Ameriprise Financial) – A handy guide for parents and individuals with special needs. Includes information for finding care, special needs trusts and estate planning.

Sprout – A year round travel program for people with developmental disabilities. 

Teacher's Success Guide - This site is a great resource for all educators, including those who teach special needs students.

Teacher Resources for Special Needs Students - Inform yourself about curriculum strategies and classroom management for students with different learning needs. This site has information for teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Giftedness, and Handicaps.

The Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs (NADD) – NADD is a membership association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Please Note:

The Department for Persons with Disabilities is not responsible for the content of external websites. DPD does not produce or maintain them and they can be changed without our knowledge or agreement.

We select links that are relevant to the services that we provide.  We do not link to external sites in return for donations, services or any other consideration in kind. We only add links recommended and reviewed by staff.