Resources For Special Needs Kids in Jersey City
Each year JCFamilies aspires to connect its community through events and activities, that can engage, inform, and inspire at all times. We try to create as many helpful guides for all families. Therefore, we wanted to create a guide for families looking for resources for children with special needs and disabilities.
If you’re a parent of a child with special needs, here are some resources you might find helpful:
Cerebral Palsy Family Network – A compassionate community that provides resources for loved ones with cerebral palsy.
Jersey City and Hoboken Resources
Whole Spectrum Autism
Founded by a local mom, Whole Spectrum was founded to raise awareness about Autism.
Founded by Sherry Singh- autism mom. WSA was created to drive awareness, acceptance and inclusion for people on the autism spectrum and their families. WSA creates events for families to attend to encourage community involvement and support, something severely lacking for many families. WSA also works with local government to create awareness and inclusion events for people on the spectrum, their families and caregivers.
Whole Spectrum is also in the process of creating a new entity to launch in early 2022 called Whole Spectrum Care to assist families with getting funding and assistance from the DDD for care and dealing with support resources like caregivers and payroll assistance. For more information until the site launch please contact Sherry Singh at 862.215.2570.
St. Joseph’s School for the Blind
Since 1891, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind has been providing specialized services to individuals with visual impairments across New Jersey. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, the school is comprised of several programs, such as Early Intervention, In-District Support Services, School for the Blind, and Adult Services. Students have access to sensory learning and skill developmental tools such as technology enrichment centers, speech therapy rooms, music and art facilities, a full gym and cafeteria, and more. To learn more about the school as well as ways to give back, click here.
New Jersey Work Incentive Network Support (NJWINS)
The NJWINS is a member of the Family Resource Network. With more than 50 programs and services available for New Jersey residents living with epilepsy, autism, intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, and chronic illness, The Family Resource Network (FRN) and its affiliates have been affecting lives of thousands of families across New Jersey for the past 49 years. To learn more about the programs and services available, visit their site.
Sensory Kids & Social Minds, LLC
At Sensory Kids & Social Minds, they value the cultivation of the brain. Originally it was founded as a pediatric Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology clinic, they are fueled by research supporting neuroplasticity and social cognition. They believe that their children thrive with routines and that the supportiveness of their environments can either support or hinder their development. Additionally, Sensory Kids & Social Minds’ mission is to assist children in being able to participate and enjoy the different types of roles they have; such as…being loving members of their families; active learners at home, daycares, and in their schools; comfortable, social playmates with their peers; self-confidence in their adaptive self-care, gross and fine motor needs; and productive in their use of independent playtime.
Hudson Milestones seeks to build and maintain a Hudson County-based organization dedicated to the care, support, and advancement of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families towards achieving, to the maximum extent possible, the individual’s life goals and establishing self-sufficiency in the community. Hudson Milestones has been providing EI services since 1983, working with approximately 200 families throughout Hudson County over the course of a year. In 2004, this program went to a Department of Health Division of Family Health System FFS reimbursement system.
Hudson Community Enterprises
Hudson Community Enterprises offers an array of training services and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities
Autism Learning Partners
A full-service provider that specializes in autism treatment and other developmental disabilities. The services they offer are proven, scientific therapies that are customized for each child and your family. Services may differ by region and clinician.
Johanna Burke | JG Burke Law
Johanna is a lawyer who advocates for children with disabilities and their families.
NJ Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
Trenton-based information and resources for individuals with disabilities.
Gerald R Dynes Regional Day School for Autism
The Gerard J. Dynes New Jersey Regional Day School at Jersey City services children with autism and children displaying autistic-like characteristics. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive educational program, which will provide the student with the skills necessary to become and remain a productive member of society.
CDC information on Autism in NJ
Updated December 13th, 2021