May 4th, 2017

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Funplex in East Hanover will host a Special Needs Night on Thursday, May 4 from 6-10 p.m.  This special event costs $20 and includes unlimited rides +10 credits, 2 slices of pizza, and a medium drink.  To reserve your spot, call the East Hanover location at (973) 428-1166.

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May 13th, 2017

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join the Kiwanis Club of Livingston for their Annual Barry Ross Arc Day Karnival on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families can enjoy free admission, rides, food, and fun.

To RSVP, provide the information requested in the flyer below to Leslie Rodas by Monday, May 8 via email at or by calling (973) 535-1181 ext. 1241.

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May 15th, 2017

This is an all-day event

Family members of long-time Stepping Stones volunteer and parent, Susan Wright, are hosting a Golf Tournament in her memory on Monday, May 15th at the Montclair Golf Club at Rock Spring. All proceeds will go to The Arc of Essex County and our Special Young Adults day program.

For more information about Susan, the golf tournament, sponsorship opportunities, and to register visit

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May 16th, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sexual education encompasses many aspects of life, such as anatomy, health, personal hygiene, reproduction, relationships, and the expression of love. Sex education is needed by all human beings including youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Excluding youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities from this important conversation can leave this population vulnerable to abuse. This webinar will discuss why educating youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities is so important, barriers families face in discussing sexuality, and solutions to those barriers.

For additional information and to register, click here.

May 20th, 2017

9:00 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, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Clifton High School 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.