New Jersey

Learn more about what New Jersey is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

COVID-19 Consumer and Family Resources

Summary: This is an emotional support helpline as well as a helpline for the deaf and/or hard of hearing youth and young adults during COVID-19. This helpline also serves as a hotline for mental health crises.

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Human Services 

Topic: Mental Health

Guidance on the Delivery of Extended School Year (ESY) Services to Students with Disabilities – June 2020

Summary: This web page discusses free summer educational programs for students on an IEP. The plan provides guidance for supplementing IEP plans, stating that IEP teams must assess all IEP programs to ensure that students with necessary IEP requirements have access to extended school year learning.  

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: IEP

New Jersey Specific Guidance for Schools and Districts

Summary: This document contains guidelines for how classes for students with special education should be structured during distance learning, as well as what the learning plan should look like. It requires that schools spend additional money to provide special education services, specifically emphasizing technological adjustments to best accommodate students with an IEP.

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education 

Topic: IEP

One-Stop Career Center Services

Summary: New Jersey’s One-Stop Career Center Services has notified all transition-age job seekers that, due to COVID-19, it has moved its services online. As such, the New Jersey DLDP has continued to provide transition age youth with job-seeking assistance, resume and interview help and other job market advice.

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Topic: Transition

The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education

Summary: The New Jersey Department of Education’s plan to return to in-person learning includes guidance for updating IEP plans. Specifically, it mentions that new IEP plans must consider additional technological needs and the need to replenish skills and/or services lost during online learning. The plan describes comprehensive mental health policy responding to COVID-19 in schools, breaking recommended school responses into three “tiers” based on the severity of the student’s mental condition or trauma. The plan also includes expanded telehealth requirements, requiring each school district to provide health services to students engaged in distance learning. 

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Mental Health, Telehealth