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New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Position Statements
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities has taken positions and made statements to clarify its views on Deinstitutionalization, Direct Support Professionals, Education, Restraints and Seclusion, Employment, Disability Rights for people with developmental disabilities in the state of New Jersey, in an effort to work towards its vision and mission.
Position Statement on Deinstitutionalization
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities endorses the policy that, with proper supports, individuals with developmental disabilities, may be/could be capable of self-determination, independence, productivity and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life. It is imperative that future administrations be prevented from separating out those, who by the nature of their disabilities, may never demonstrate the aforementioned capabilities, with the purpose of re-institutionalizing them. The Council supports the declaration that:
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) endorses the findings of the US Congress regarding the education of children with disabilities contained in “The Developmental Disabilities Assistance & Bill of Rights Act of 2000” and the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” (IDEA):
“Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.1” (Read More)
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities endorses the following statement supporting the rights of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD):
People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have the same basic legal, civil and human rights as other citizens.
Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to live independently, to exercise control and choice over their own lives, and to fully participate in and contribute to their communities through full inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of our society. (Read More)
Click to download: Position Statement on Restraints and Seclusion | Declaración de posición sobre restricciones y aislamiento
The use of physical restraints, seclusion and other aversive techniques have resulted in physical injury, psychological harm, trauma and even death to children and adults with I/DD. The NJCDD believes that the use of physical, mechanical and chemical restraints is inappropriate except in situations of imminent danger of serious physical harm to the individual or others. NJCDD strongly opposes the inappropriate and/or unnecessary use of restraints and other aversive interventions. Seclusion should not be used under any circumstances.(Read More)
The direct service professional (DSP) crisis is the foremost challenge to the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system that serves individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Research demonstrating the impact of low wages, limited competency-based training opportunities and career pathways, ineffective supervision, and growth in the need for support across disability and aging sectors have predicted the crisis currently confronting New Jersey. (Read More)
People with I/DD should have individualized supports to enable them to find and keep community jobs based on their preferences, interests, and strengths, work alongside people without disabilities, receive comparable wages, and be free from workplace discrimination. (Read More)