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

Remote Digital Learning Roadmap: Guidelines for Remote Instruction

Summary: The “Students with Disabilities” section of this document provides advice, structure, and best practices for educators instructing youth with disabilities via a virtual platform. It discusses ways to meet both physical and mental needs of students with disabilities, as well as emphasizing additional flexibility when instructing such students virtually.

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Virtual Learning Toolkit: Resources for Families and Schools

Summary: This web page lists state and federal resources for families attempting to help their student adjust to distance learning. It focuses on six areas: devices and hardware, connectivity and broadband, software and learning platforms, training and professional learning, tech support and digital literacy, and funds and financial support. 

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: This updated document provides information on whether students with disabilities should continue to learn virtually or should participate in in-person instruction. It discusses necessary adjustments to IEPs depending on the student’s decision. It also highlights different assistive technology that may be necessary depending on the student’s choice, such as transportation-related assistive technology or closed-captioning software. 

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning, Assistive Technology

Parent & Family Engagement

Summary: This web page lists resources for parents engaging with their student’s education during COVID-19. It contains learning resources, activities for children and parents, and various other resources to help families become involved with the distance learning process.

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Students

Summary: This web page provides mental health crisis hotlines for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides both state and federal resources for speaking with children about COVID-19, and providing necessary emotional support for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: New Jersey Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health