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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:
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)
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 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)