|Name||Disability Rights New Jersey|
|Address||210 S Broad Street|
|Address Line 2||FL 3|
|Name||Disability Rights New Jersey|
|Address||210 S Broad Street|
|Address Line 2||FL 3|
|Name of CAP Director/Coordinator||Lillie Lowe-Reid|
|Person to contact regarding report||Lillie Lowe-Reid|
|Contact Person Phone||609-292-9742|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program||28|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||3|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||0|
|5. Other information provided||0|
|6. Information regarding CAP||19|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||50|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||25|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||4,251|
|3. Describe training presented by the staff. Include the following information:|
Describe the agency's outreach efforts to previously un-served or underserved individuals including minority communities.
In an ongoing effort to reach unserved and underserved populations, CAP extended its outreach to include veterans and mental health consumers and their families. CAP presented to consumers and professionals on the availability of vocational rehabilitation and CAP services for veterans and individuals with mental illness related to transition to work. CAP also contacted consumers through the ILCs in an effort to reach those individuals who are hardest to serve, and are in geographical areas that are often overlooked. CAP identifies and conducts outreaches to organizations that have a high percentage of minority clients, such as the National Minorities with Disabilities Coalition. CAP provided information in alternate formats to reach and serve populations of individuals who are otherwise underserved because of a lack of effective communication. CAP has access to Cyracom, a translation service that can access over 100 languages, and InLingua, a written translation service.
For each method of dissemination, enter the total number of each method used by your agency during the reporting period to distribute information to the public. For publications/booklets/brochures (item 4), enter the total number of documents produced. Agencies should not include website hits. See instructions for details.
|1. Agency Staff Interviewed or Featured on Radio and TV||4|
|2. Articles about CAP Featured in Newspaper/Magazine/Journals||0|
|3. PSAs/Videos Aired about the CAP Agency||0|
|4. Publications/Booklets/Brochures Disseminated by the Agency||43104|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||25|
|6. Other (specify below)|
Describe the various sources and information disseminated about your agency by an external source.
Online newsletter: Making a Place for Disabled Kids in the State’s General Education Classrooms The Inclusion Campaign of New Jersey started last year as a collaboration among several organizations to promote the benefits of teaching students with disabilities inside general—education classrooms, among their nondisabled peers. This is a national issue, a central tenet of federal law, and the subject of long—running debates and lawsuits in New Jersey and elsewhere. The state recently settled one such suit that involved more than 70 districts. Funded by the van Ameringen Foundation, this campaign began as a white paper on the topic and evolved over the past year into a partnership with Amplify, Inc. to create a website, social media, press strategy, and a 10—minute video that features families and their stories.
Television: AT Demonstration NJFA’s Deputy Director, Melissa Chalker hosts this episode with guests Curtis Edmonds of Disability Rights NJ and Diane Vitillo of Home Heart Beats. The guests showcased some useful assistive devices and talked about modifications and adaptations to help with changes in mobility.
Television: Summer Camps Reminded to Be ADA Compliant
Thousands of New Jersey children will go to camp this summer and the U.S. Attorney’s Office wants camps to make reasonable accommodations so disabled kids can have fun, too. It’s issued a flyer reminding camps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means evaluate each disabled child, don’t charge their parents for reasonable modifications, and train camp staff about the law. “However, sometimes it doesn’t work out well and we need additional staff,” said West Essex YMCA Executive Director Helen Flores. Flores says thanks to a grant the Y’s camps this summer will have one counselor for every two special needs campers and more adaptive sporting equipment — like bigger tennis rackets, paint brushes and soft balls — so all campers can stay mainstreamed. Flores says that acknowledges camps do have limits. “Unfortunately, there are. If a child is in a wheelchair, we can accommodate them. But, if they need help in toileting and lifting and moving them from a wheelchair and into a bathroom stall, that could be difficult for us,” Flores said. After a complaint and trial, a judge ruled the Evesham Township Triple A summer camp accommodated a 6—year—old camper with multiple disabilities. But, when the camp expelled him without warning because he was disruptive, the judge ruled “the camp violated the [state] LAD [law against discrimination] … by not following the disciplinary plan that applies to all disruptive campers.” “They’ve never been designed for kids with disabilities. They’re not used to having kids with disabilities,” said Disability Rights New Jersey Managing Attorney Mary Ciccone. That’s what Disability Rights New Jersey says about traditional camps and so it has this advice for parents and camps. “Communication is first and foremost the biggest issue and it starts not on the first day of camp. It should be going on before that kid comes to camp,” Ciccone said.
Television: Executive Director of Disability Rights NJ: ADA Gave People with Disabilities a Voice (http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/executive—director—of—disability—rights—nj—ada—gave—people—with—disabilities—a—voice/)
An individual is counted only once during a fiscal year. Multiple counts are not permitted for Lines A1-A3.
|1. Individuals who are still being served as of October 1 (carryover from prior year)||56|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||51|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||107|
|4. Individuals (from Line A3) who had multiple case files opened/closed this year (In unusual situations, an individual may have more than one case file opened/closed during a fiscal year. This number is not added to the total in Line A3 above.)||3|
|5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)||48|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||0|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||5|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||43|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||18|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||0|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||44|
|7. Related to independent living services||0|
|8. Other Rehabilitation Act-related problems||0|
|9. Non-Rehabilitation Act related||0|
|10. Related to Title I of the ADA||0|
(Choose one primary service the CAP provided for each closed case file. There may be more case files than actual individuals served.)
|1. Short Term Technical Assistance||12|
|4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution||12|
|5. Administrative / Informal Review||10|
|6. Formal appeal / Fair Hearing||0|
|7. Legal remedy / Litigation||0|
(Choose one primary reason for closing each case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)
|1. All issues resolved in individual's favor||28|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||1|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||5|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||4|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||0|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||14|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||0|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||1|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||9|
|10. CAP unable to take case due to lack of resources||0|
|11. Conflict of interest||0|
|12. Other (Please explain below)|
(Choose one primary outcome for each closed case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)
|1. Controlling law/policy explained to individual||18|
|2. Application for services completed||2|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||2|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||1|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||23|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||4|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||1|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||5|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||0|
|10. Other (Please explain below)|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||0|
|2. 19 - 24||14|
|3. 25 - 40||32|
|4. 41 - 64||33|
|5. 65 and over||28|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||107|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||107|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||12|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||0|
|4. Black or African American||24|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||1|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||0|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||7|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||1|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||3|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||6|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||0|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||8|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||7|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||2|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||1|
|17. Digestive Disorders||1|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||3|
|20. Intellectual Disability||3|
|21. Mental Illness||20|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||0|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||0|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||1|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||7|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||8|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||1|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||13|
|31. Speech Impairments||0|
|32. Spina Bifida||1|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||1|
|34. Other Disability||0|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||107|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||25|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||0|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||83|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||0|
|5. Transition student/High school student||1|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||0|
|1. Number of non-litigation systemic activities not involving individual representation that resulted in the change of one or more policy or practice of an agency.||4|
|2. Describe the systemic activities conducted by CAP during the fiscal year and its impact on other agency's policies or practices.|
|1. Total number of CAP cases requiring litigation involving individual representation resulting in, or with the potential for, systemic change.|
|a. Number of cases requiring litigation involving individual representation filed during fiscal year.||0|
|b. Number of on-going cases pending at start of fiscal year (carryover from prior fiscal year).||0|
|c. Number of cases resolved through litigation during fiscal year.||0|
|2. Describe the agency's on-going and completed systemic litigation activities involving individual representation.|
|1. Agency Type (select only one option)||External-Protection and Advocacy agency|
|2. Name of designate agency||Disability Rights New Jersey|
|3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?||No|
|4. If yes, name of contracting agency:||None|
Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)
(A) Type of Position; (B) Full—time equivalent; (C) % of year position filled: (D) Person—years
(A) Coordinator; (B) 70%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.70
(A) Professional: (B) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.50
(A) Professional; (B) 40%; (C) 100%: (D).0.40
(A) Professional; (B) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.50
Total Person—Years = 2.10
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 27—year—old client residing at an assisted living facility in Morris County who is blind and has multiple sclerosis and hearing loss. He has open cases with both CBVI and DVRS. This client contacted CAP reporting that CBVI conducted an assistive technology assessment that only addressed his visual impairment, not the muscle weakness and tremors resulting from his multiple sclerosis. The client, who is pursuing his associate’s degree at a local community college, further reported being unable to independently type college assignments using this technology. CAP intervened by contacting both VR agencies and found that CBVI recognized its assessment did not address the client’s physical impairments and recommended collaboration with DVRS. The collaboration did not occur, and DVRS provided no services to the client. CAP successfully requested from senior CBVI staff that this client be afforded a comprehensive assistive technology evaluation conducted by a vendor able to address both the individual’s visual and physical disabilities, and it subsequently provided all the recommended technology. The client is currently being trained on this technology and reports now being able to complete his college assignments in a timely manner.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 42—year—old client in Middlesex County with dyslexia, apraxia, and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). The client receives SSI and Medicaid. She worked as a day care assistant for many years and recently resigned from the position because the work was too physically demanding. She had been having allergy—related asthma attacks, and her medication was causing her to become dizzy and sleepy around the children. She contacted Middlesex DVRS, seeking its help to become an administrative assistant at a non—profit organization. DVRS re—evaluated her and stated that she should return to a day care assistant position because she had no other skills. She disagreed and became anxious. A psychological assessment was conducted by DVRS, indicating that the client may have new disabilities that would require her to do a different type of job, but that an office setting would be difficult for her. Despite this report, MG wanted to pursue administrative assistant work and requested a new counselor. DRNJ assisted her in amending her IPE, and DVRS agreed to provide volunteer employment and career assessments as well as computer training In order to obtain additional necessary information for employment placement. IPE services are now being provided to pursue her chosen vocational goal.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 27—year—old client attending college in Chester County, Pennsylvania, diagnosed with specific leaning disability. She contacted CAP regarding a DVRS denial to fund a college tuition bill for the fall 2014 semester. CAP contacted DVRS, who maintained that the client had not submitted required documentation by their deadline, a condition of her IPE. CAP investigated the circumstances of this denial and found that DVRS changed their software system during the fall of 2014, preventing the counselor from accessing the client’s records and issuing a regular reminder to the client, which would have assisted the client with her deficits in memory and organization. CAP further argued that unless the tuition bill was paid this client could not reenroll and complete her bachelor’s degree in missionary work. DVRS conceded and issued payment to the college for the outstanding tuition bill.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 53—year—old client with mental illness. He took online classes for certification in medical billing and coding for several years. The client stated that DVRS provided inconsistent payments toward his training, and the delays resulted in his internet services being cancelled, which in turn stalled his course completion. DVRS then stated that he was not eligible for continued funding due to non—compliance with course work even when he did have internet service, and he did not earn credit for the coursework. CAP assisted the client with obtaining a new counselor and re—opening his file. The counselor is now assisting him with obtaining funding for more current coursework. Additionally, the client will be engaged in volunteer work in a medical office in order to add medical billing work experience to his resume.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 23—year—old client with a learning disability who lives in Gloucester County. The client informed DRNJ that she requested assistance from DVRS, but was denied because her case was closed due to lack of contact. CAP advised the client to contact her DVRS counselor. The counselor responded, and DVRS is now assisting the client with completing her cosmetology training program. Funding for tutoring and classwork has been reinstated.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 36—year—old client who is deaf, speaks Spanish, and resides in Atlantic County. The client is certified in floral design and arrangement and wanted to obtain work in floral arrangement. Her initial IPE noted completion of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) as the primary goal, and she had been enrolled in GED classes at the One Stop Center in Pleasantville with DVRS funding. She requested a Spanish—speaking sign language interpreter but her requests were ignored, and she was instead provided English speaking interpreters, who were of little assistance. CAP intervened and assisted her with obtaining supports, including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes with a sign language component. The ESL program offered child care so her daughter was provided with supervision while the client attended classes. In addition, the client was connected to the deaf community in her area where she is participating in social activities. DVRS revised her IPE to include ongoing preparation for completion of the GED and job search for part—time work in floral arrangement and design.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 41—year—old client of Atlantic County who is deaf. The client, who is originally from Kenya, has limited ESL and ASL skills. She is currently not eligible for any SSA benefits due to her immigration status. The client contacted CAP when DVRS informed her they were closing her case after placing her in both a sheltered—workshop and a fast—food outlet. She reports advising DVRS that she did not want to work in either setting, but wanted DVRS assistance toward computer data—entry employment. DVRS denied this request, stating that if she wanted alternate employment she would have to conduct her own job search. CAP successfully advocated that DVRS sponsor this client in line with her employment interests. The client is currently attending ESL community college classes with interpreter services.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 25—year—old client of Bergen County, diagnosed with Meningocele spina bifida. She receives SSI and Medicaid. CAP previously assisted this client when DVRS denied funding for a final semester at college based on poor communication. The client has a severe speech impairment and is inaudible on the telephone. CAP was successful in obtaining DVRS funding for the client to complete her degree. After graduation, the client contacted CAP requesting assistance when DVRS advised that her communication regarding supported employment services was inadequate. CAP determined that, with the exception of an old generation Dynavox ‘robotic’ speech device, the client had no communication devices or internet access. CAP advocated that DVRS provide the client with an assistive technology evaluation to determine appropriate communication devices. DVRS agreed to this request and an evaluation was scheduled. The client has completed the first evaluation, which recommended several devices including a laptop and iPad mini. The assistive technology specialist also contacted DVRS and requested approval for a separate augmentative evaluation due to the client’s speech impairment. The client is scheduled to attend this evaluation mid—December. CAP will advocate for DVRS funding based on the recommendations made in these assessments.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 31—year—old client in Essex County with drug and alcohol addiction. The client was living in a residential facility where he was receiving rehabilitation. He contacted DVRS Essex County for assistance in attending school for heating & air conditioning repair. DVRS denied the request, stating that he must finish the rehabilitation program before he can receive services. Once the client was close to completing his rehabilitation and vocational program, CAP assisted him with submitting an application for DVRS services. DVRS opened a new case for him and assigned a new counselor. The client is re—connected with DVRS and is receiving employment services.
CAP intervened on behalf of a 20—year—old client in Essex County, diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, chronic migraines, and scoliosis. The client contacted CAP when DVRS informed her they would not fund a summer semester tuition bill. DVRS generally does not sponsor summer semesters due to financial aid disbursements, but the client provided DVRS with documentation from her college indicating that she had to take a specific summer course as a prerequisite to fall courses required for her major. Based on the approval of her DVRS counselor and his supervisor, the client registered for the summer course and was attending classes when she was informed that DVRS Central Office refused to pay the summer tuition bill. The client had already taken out student loans and was unable to register for the fall semester unless this bill was paid. CAP contacted the Assistant Director to challenge the denial and provided documentation from the college indicating that without completion of the summer course, the client’s graduation would be delayed by up to 12 months because of the scheduling of specific courses. DVRS reversed this decision, and the client completed the course.
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|Name of Designated Agency Official||Joseph B. Young|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||Executive Director|