March 2nd, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) continues to transition to the fee-for-service system, families will be asked to choose a support coordinator.  Your support coordinator will be critical to the success for you and your family member in accessing and maintaining services.  The DDD is requesting many families to choose their support coordinator NOW!  Additionally, the graduating class of 2017 will need to identify a support coordinator before services can begin after graduation.

Join us for a “Meet the Support Coordination Agencies” event to meet the agencies currently servicing Essex County to make the best choice for you and your family.

Thursday, March 2
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Opportunity Zone CRC
58 Burnett Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

A light dinner will be served.  For additional information and to RSVP, contact Candes Reid at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1247 or

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March 3rd, 2017

This is an all-day event

The Arc of Essex County is accepting applications for Camp Hope's 2017 Camp Season.  Be sure to visit to download and complete the application.  Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

The Arc of Essex County's Camp Hope is a seven-week summer day camp, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The 2017 season will run from Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, August 18th. For questions, contact Laurie Best, Director of Children and Family Services at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1264 or

March 4th, 2017

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

All high school students face a number of decisions as they make their transition from school to the unfamiliar adult world. For high school students with developmental disabilities, it is vital that this planning for adult life occur with the help of others and with as much information as possible.

The Arc of New Jersey's Planning for Adult Life program will host "Adulthood Next Exit" - FREE Parent Forum and Opportunity Expo on Saturday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Hear from experienced parents and professionals in the field addressing eight (8) core areas that students with intellectual/developmental disabilities ages 14-21 and their families need to know to plan.A limited breakfast will be available in the morning on the day of the forum beginning at 9:00 AM.

For a list of  workshops, the forum agenda, and to register, please click here.

March 12th, 2017

This is an all-day event

The Candle Lighters will host their 2017 Tricky Tray to benefit the unfunded and under-funded programs of The Arc of Essex County on Sunday, March 12th at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  Additional details and online registration will be available at soon.

March 15th, 2017

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Are You Looking For Professional Guidance With Your Child's IEP? The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute is offering regional IEP reviews for families who may have questions or concerns about their child's plan. Families will have an opportunity to sit down with an attorney from Hinkle, Fingles, Prior, & Fischer to review their child's IEP, ask questions, and discuss any concerns they may have about their school district. 

Space is limited and registration is REQUIRED to attend. Families will receive a free 30 minute IEP review. Contact Kristina Tosti at (609) 896-4200 to reserve your time slot.

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March 21st, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Public policy and advocacy is most effective when families, self-advocates and professionals work together. Join The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute as they discuss the importance of becoming involved and ways to make a positive impact on policies at the national, state and local levels.

For additional information and to register, click here.