New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Position Statements

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NJCDD position-statement-bannerThe 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.

Click to download: NJ Council On Developmental Disabilities Position Statement On Deinstitutionalization.pdf
Legal Mandates: The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act establishes “the policy of the United States that … individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with the most severe developmhttps://njcdd.org/wp-content/uploads/NJ-Council-On-Developmental-Disabilities-Position-Statement-On-Deinstitutionalization.pdfental disabilities, are capable of self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.” (Read More)

Click to download : Position Statement On The Education Of Children With Disabilities.pdf
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities endorses the following findings of the United States Congress regarding the education of children with disabilities contained in The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 and The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: (Read More)

Click to download: Position Statement on the Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.pdf
In accordance with the federal ‘Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000’, the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council lists and endorses the following findings respecting the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities: (Read More)

Click to download: Position Statement on the Use of Restraints, Seclusion, Equipment and Aversive Techniques.pdf
In enacting the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, the United States Congress found that “individuals with developmental disabilities are at greater risk than the general population of abuse, neglect, financial and sexual exploitation, and the violation of their legal and human rights.” Significantly, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act also sets forth Congress’ express finding that both the federal and state governments: (Read More)

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide personal care, social support and physical assistance to individuals with disabilities in a wide range of activities of daily living. DSPs also help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) learn independent living skills such as cooking and shopping, and make it possible for people with I/DD to participate in employment and social activities. DSPs work in a wide variety of service settings including individual and family homes, group homes, supported apartments, schools, workplaces, recreational and fitness programs, and residential institutions like developmental centers and nursing homes. These dedicated professionals facilitate connections to people, resources, and experiences that foster a full life in the community. Although DSPs play a critical role in the life of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, nationally, there is a worsening shortage of paid caregivers: (Read More)

Click to download: The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Position on Employment.pdf
On April 26, 2012, Governor Chris Christie announced that New Jersey has adopted an Employment First policy, to prioritize and increase the employment of people with disabilities.

Unemployment is too often accepted as an inevitable result of living with a developmental disability. Such low expectations contribute to the fact that working-age people with developmental disabilities are among the most unemployed and underemployed populations in America. (Read More)

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