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.

For additional information and to register, click here.

April 26th, 2017

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

In April 2012, Gov. Christie proclaimed New Jersey an Employment First State, meaning that competitive employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred post-education outcome for everyone in New Jersey.

The Division is excited to celebrate this important milestone with a day-long Let’s Get to Work! event on Wednesday April 26, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. This event at the Division’s central office in Hamilton is an opportunity for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to sign up for a one-on-one guidance session with an employment expert to assist them with their employment goals. Let’s Get to Work! is open to individuals who are currently receiving DDD services and to individuals who are not yet 21 and/or not currently receiving DDD services.  

With the Division’s strong commitment to New Jersey’s Employment First initiative, this is a great opportunity to learn about the wide variety of employment services available and to talk specifically about next steps that an individual can take on his/her employment journey.

For additional information and how to register, see the event flyer below.


April 29th, 2017

7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join The Arc of Essex County for the 19th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K run, 2-mile walk, and family fun fest.  Additional details and registration will be available on in early 2017.

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 Esteves 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 17th, 2017

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Because medical decisions often need to be made in stressful situations, involve complex information, and require weighing of significant risk, planning is important. There are many ways that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can receive support to make decisions about the health care they want to receive.

In this webinar, Clarissa Kripke, MD, will discuss how doctors and other medical professionals can create an environment that empowers people with I/DD to make health care decisions using supported decision-making tools. Samantha Crane and Kelly Israel, attorneys at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, will discuss the legal framework for supported decision-making in health care settings, how people with I/DD can use supported decision-making to have their preferences honored, how to build a network of supporters, and what agreements should be put in place before decisions need to be made.

For additional information and to register, click here.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a United States government program that provides stipends to individuals with low income who have disabilities, visual impairments or are 65 or older. This cash is to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. If an individual is denied, they may appeal. This webinar is geared to help individuals, their families, and professionals in the field to understand the appeal process.

For additional information and to register, click here.