April 10th, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and the Sibling Leadership Network as they honor National Sibling Day.

The role of a sibling in the life of a person with an intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) is as complex as it is meaningful and often outlasts the parent-child relationship. It is important to communicate with siblings when starting to plan for the future needs of a child with I/DD. This webinar will explore what to think about when planning for the future and how to include and engage siblings in that discussion.

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April 18th, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute as they discuss the key resources necessary to navigate through the system and how to access them.

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April 19th, 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

April 20th, 2017

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This webinar will discuss emerging research and practice in supporting social networks of adults aging with intellectual disabilities. After a brief introduction on aging in this population, the webinar will discuss the role of social relations in later life and address the state of knowledge regarding the social support networks of older adults with intellectual disabilities. The webinar will provide a discussion of the role of support services in promoting informal networks and conclude with an exploration of the use of social network mapping and life story work in person-centered planning.

Lieke van Heumen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. Lieke’s primary research interest is the intersection of aging and disability with a focus on supports that contribute to aging well. She believes retrieving the lived experiences of older adults with disabilities by means of inclusive and accessible research methods is key to assuring the meaningful engagement of adults with disabilities in the research process.

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