YOUR RIGHTS VIDEO
Your Rights video created by IPMG was designed to simplify the “Individual Rights” document that IPMG provides annually to the individuals we serve. We feel it is crucial to make this information as accessible and understandable as possible for individuals with developmental disabilities.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND SPEAKERS
Community Education is directed toward promoting a better understanding of developmental disabilities, its causes, and some known means of prevention. A specific goal of community education is to destroy the myth that people who are developmentally disabled are unable to learn and develop new skills; and to help the public better understand that individuals with developmental disabilities can be vital, productive members of any community. Special attention is devoted to the#1 preventable cause of I/DD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FASD is 100% preventable by abstaining from alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The Arc staff members are available to speak to civic groups and organizations on a variety of related topics. Contact us at 609-861-7100 or send a request expressing your area of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPE MAY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Cape May County Government has a Directory of County Services and Community Resources, including advocacy, health and abuse hotlines.
THE BOGGS CENTER
The Boggs Center is New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and is part of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. Since its inception in 1983, The Center has emphasized a community based, lifespan approach to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
CEREBRAL PALSY GROUP
Cerebral Palsy is a name given to a set of nerve disorders which affect muscle coordination and body movement. Each year roughly 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy. We are an Online Resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has been providing and funding services for state residents with developmental disabilities since 1959. These supports and services are provided by more than 280 agencies in communities throughout the state, or in seven residential developmental centers that are administered by DDD. Since the division was created, the system that serves individuals with developmental disabilities has changed and grown significantly. Today, nearly 25,000 adults are eligible to receive services funded by the division. Most DDD-eligible individuals live in the community, either with family or in a community residence such as a group home or supervised apartment or in a Community Care Residence with a family caregiver. Some conditions that might be considered a developmental disability include: intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, spina bifida, and certain neurological impairments.