|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||11|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||4|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||2|
|5. Other information provided||0|
|6. Information regarding CAP||29|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||46|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||3|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||205|
|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.
Staff distributed resources to attendees of the Family Resource Fair sponsored by Children’s Future in Mercer County. Many attendees were Spanish-speaking families. Publications included CAP, PABSS, Transition, and DRNJ. 20 consumers, 40 family, and 20 professionals attended.
Staff distributed resources to attendees of the Youth Resource Fair sponsored by Mercer County Family Support Organization. Many attendees were Spanish-speaking families. Publications included DRNJ, CAP, Transition, and PABSS. 25 consumers, 100 family members, and 25 professionals attended.
Staff provided brochures to several churches in the African American Community in Burlington County.
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||0|
|2. Articles about CAP Featured in Newspaper/Magazine/Journals||0|
|3. PSAs/Videos Aired about the CAP Agency||2|
|4. Publications/Booklets/Brochures Disseminated by the Agency||1780|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||14|
|6. Other (specify below)||0|
Describe the various sources and information disseminated about your agency by an external source.
Title: Opportunity and Resource Fair: Publication: CBVI public email: Eyes Like Mine, Inc. The City of Newark will present an Opportunity and Resource Fair for People who are Blind and Vision Impaired at Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibitors will include: NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Newark School of the Arts, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Social Security Administration, Disability Rights-NJ, with information on the CAP Program, and more. For further information contact: email@example.com
Title:Disability Awareness Month at Ocean County College Publication: Forked River Gazette: Find out what resources are available to individuals with disabilities. Come speak with representatives from ASPEN (Asperger, Autism Spectrum Education Network), Commission for the Blind, Disability Rights New Jersey (includes the CAP Program), Disability Services and Assistive Technology, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), MOCEANS Center for Independent Living, New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Ocean County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities, Ocean County Human Relations Commission, Community Health Law Project, among others.
Title:Ocean County College Marks Disability Awareness Month with ‘Hidden Resources' Publication:The Sandpaper: Find out what resources are available to individuals with disabilities, as Ocean County College, in collaboration with the Ocean County Human Relations Commission and the Department of Human Services’ Office for Individuals with Disabilities, marks Disability Awareness Month in October. “Hidden Resources” will take place on the second floor of the Larson Student Center, on OCC’s main campus in Toms River, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. All members of the public are invited to attend. Admission is free. On site will be representatives from: Asperger, Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN); Commission for the Blind; Disability Rights New Jersey (ncludes the CAP Program); Disability Services and Assistive Technology; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR); MOCEANS Center for Independent Living; New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Ocean County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities; Ocean County Human Relations Commission; and Community Health Law Project, among others.
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)||61|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||41|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||102|
|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.)||83|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||1|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||1|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||2|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||20|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||0|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||81|
|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||11|
|4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution||2|
|5. Administrative / Informal Review||2|
|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||15|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||3|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||0|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||0|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||0|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||3|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||0|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||0|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||1|
|10. CAP unable to take case due to lack of resources||0|
|11. Conflict of interest||0|
|12. Other (Please explain below)||0|
(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||1|
|2. Application for services completed||1|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||0|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||3|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||10|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||3|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||0|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||2|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||0|
|10. Other (Please explain below)||2|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||3|
|2. 19 - 24||15|
|3. 25 - 40||30|
|4. 41 - 64||51|
|5. 65 and over||3|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||102|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||102|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||13|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||0|
|4. Black or African American||26|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||0|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||2|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||0|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||2|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||3|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||14|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||0|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||2|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||6|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||2|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||2|
|17. Digestive Disorders||0|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||2|
|20. Intellectual Disability||5|
|21. Mental Illness||23|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||0|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||0|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||0|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||5|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||13|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||0|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||4|
|31. Speech Impairments||0|
|32. Spina Bifida||2|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||0|
|34. Other Disability||6|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||102|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||24|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||1|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||78|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||0|
|5. Transition student/High school student||0|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||1|
|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.||3|
|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.||1|
|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.||1|
|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:||N/A|
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) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.50 (A) Professional; (B) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.50 (A) Clerical; (B) 220 (C) 100% (D) 2.20
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 28-year-old resident of Somerset County, diagnosed with dyslexia. The client does not receive Social Security benefits, Medicare or Medicaid. She was denied sponsorship for Medical Assistant Training due to below average scores on standardized entrance exams. She completed a brain training program, retook the test, but her scores still fell below the entrance exam minimums. DRNJ successfully sought an accommodation from the school to allow her to enroll in the 10-month course. However, she was denied sponsorship from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). Without sponsorship from DVRS, the client was required to take out loans, between $5,000 to $6,000, to cover the cost of the course. DRNJ advocated with DVRS, who agreed to monitor her academic performance for the first two months. If the client performed satisfactorily during this time, DVRS agreed to cover the remaining cost of the training. An Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) was created. The client did well during the trial period and received a tuition voucher for $4,000 for the remaining tuition.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 30-year-old resident of Union County, diagnosed with anxiety and depression. At the time she contacted DRNJ, the client had recently applied for both SSI and Medicaid. She had been a client of DVRS for three years and was entering her final semester as an undergraduate occupational therapy student with intentions to pursue a master’s degree. She contacted DRNJ when DVRS denied funding for tuition and books, placing her in jeopardy of missing deadline for summer enrollment. DVRS stated that they would withhold funding until her aunt promised to pay the remaining balance of the semester. Although the client resided with her aunt, DRNJ challenged DVRS’s position that the aunt had any financial responsibility for the client. DRNJ found that the client met the conditions allowing DVRS to pay for summer courses, as she was both meeting spring semester requirements and was in the final semester of the program. DRNJ’s advocacy was successful. DVRS agreed to provide the voucher for tuition and book in time to avoid out-of-pocket expenses by the client. DVRS also agreed to create an amended Individualized Plan for Employment to include a master’s degree education.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 32-year-old resident of Union County diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a severe painful nerve-ending disease. The client lives independently and receives SSDI and Medicaid. After she was determined eligible for DVRS services, the client worked with her VR counselor on a vocational goal as a Distanced Credentialed Counselor, which holds a master's degree designation. Due to the effects of her disability, the client required an accredited online program, rather than traditional classroom study. Yearly tuition was $20,000 and was not fully covered by financial aid. DVRS initially offered the client financial support up to the amount of their cap of $2,500 a semester. DRNJ intervened with VR supervisors, asking them to comply with federal regulations regarding non-participation in cost of services for recipients of Social Security benefits. Upon review of the client’s finances and the costs of the course, DVRS agreed to cover the full amount for tuition and books. DRNJ also worked with DVRS to establish the university as a DVRS vendor and advocated for DVRS to amend the client's IPE to include a master's degree.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 48-year-old resident of Ocean County who is deaf. The client contacted DRNJ requesting DVRS sponsorship for a culinary vocational training. The client, whose primary language is Spanish, had resided in the United States for five years before contacting DVRS. She had not graduated from high school in her country of birth. DRNJ advocated for culinary vocational training, but DVRS expressed concern about the client’s ability to complete the training based on American Sign Language and English as a Second Language skill deficits. However, an agreement was reached for the client and DVRS to research and review culinary program requirements. DVRS and the client were unable to locate a training program that did not require a high school diploma. So, DVRS offered to assist the client to obtain her GED and to provide sign language interpreters for the duration of that program. DVRS agreed to revisit culinary training after the client obtained her GED.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 54-year-old resident of Somerset County diagnosed with spina bifida, high blood pressure, and severe bowel incontinence. The client contacted DRNJ when DVRS was unwilling to provide pre-placement supported employment services for a home-based clerical position. The client had a history of successfully working from home as a data entry clerk for over 20 years with the same employer. DVRS agreed to provide the client with pre-placement employment services, but only for employment outside of the home, arguing that home-based positions were too difficult to secure. DVRS suggested that the client address her incontinence through personal care assistance services in the workplace. The client rejected this and requested DRNJ’s assistance. DRNJ worked with the client to obtain medical documentation to support her need to work from home. DRNJ advocated that DVRS refer the client to the supported employment agency of her choice and develop an IPE for an in-home clerical position. DVRS agreed to this request and developed an IPE that met the client’s needs.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 42-year-old resident of Bergen County diagnosed with anxiety and depression. The client receives SSDI and Medicaid. She received financial support from DVRS to complete a bachelor’s degree in counseling and psychology. The client also briefly participated in job coaching services following graduation. She stated that the job coaching services were inadequate and failed to identify employment opportunities. She then enrolled in a master’s in counseling program before again contacting DVRS seeking financial support. DVRS refused because an IPE was not created prior to her enrollment. The client contacted DRNJ for assistance to obtain financial support from DVRS for books and tuition. DRNJ reviewed the client’s history with DRVS and discovered that prior services were terminated because on three occasions the client had disagreed with the effectiveness of the job coaching. After DRNJ obtained support from the client’s mental health therapist and the chair of the counseling program at the school, who both endorsed her academic and emotional ability to complete master’s level study, DVRS agreed to create a new IPE and provide funding for books and tuition.
Employment First cases
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 22-year-old resident of Middlesex County diagnosed with autism spectrum and bipolar disorders. The client was receiving job coaching services from DVRS and had also applied for services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The client had concerns about both the DDD eligibility process and Trial Work Experience (TWE). He reported dissatisfaction with the tasks and the minimal support from the individual assigned to assist him. His mother (and guardian) asked DVRS to intervene, but was told to wait until the evaluation was completed. At the conclusion of the TWE, the vendor provided a negative report to DVRS about the client’s performance. DVRS closed his case and informed him that they would not be able to assist him. Instead, he was refered to DDD. DRNJ contacted DVRS to request that they re-open his case, and they agreed. He was assigned a new VR counselor and began a new TWE. The client and his mother reported being satisfied with his progress.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 21-year-old resident of Camden County diagnosed with deafness and autism. After graduating from high school, the client went to DVRS to obtain a referral to a sheltered workshop. Under WIOA, he first needed an employment determination. DVRS found him medically ineligible for competitive employment and referred him to DDD for services. He and his guardian disagreed with the determination and contacted DRNJ for guidance. DRNJ’s investigation determined that DVRS did not have "clear and convincing" evidence with which to determine him ineligible for competitive employment and requested a review of the determination. DRNJ obtained supporting information from both the guardian and the neurologist. DVRS reversed its decision and found the client medically eligible to participate in DVRS services. He was enrolled in another Trial Work Experience.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 21-year-old resident of Somerset County diagnosed with Down syndrome. The client was receiving services from DVRS and was registered with the Division of Developmental Disabilities. His mother (and guardian) contacted DRNJ after becoming dissatisfied with the services provided by the DVRS vendors through pre-employment transition services under WIOA. The client had been assigned to four DVRS vendors for a Trial Work Experience (TWE) vocational assessment, and none seemed to be providing him the appropriate services. DRNJ contacted DVRS to discuss the training vendors received prior to providing pre-employment transition services. DVRS was able to identify another vendor, and the client completed his second evaluation of TWE. His mother was satisfied with the services.
DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 19-year-old resident of Mercer County diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and depression. The client receives SSI and Medicaid. He graduated from high school in June 2016. Transition was delayed until midway through the senior year, when he expressed interest in culinary arts and driver's education. DVRS offered culinary arts training at a location that his mother considered unsafe. She requested another option. After weeks went by without a response, and with her son's depression worsening, the client’s mother contacted DRNJ for assistance. Following DRNJ’s intervention, an IPE was developed for 20 hours of job coaching . The client completed the job coaching and became employed part time at a local dining services establishment.
Reports are to be submitted to RSA within 90 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by this report. Please be reminded that you can enter data directly into RSA's website via the internet. Information on transmittal of the form is found on pages 19 and 20 of the reporting instructions.
|Name of Designated Agency Official||Joseph B Young|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||Executive Director|