April 9th, 2020

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

During this webinar Kara Kushnir, LCSW, will discuss the uniqueness of the relationship between typical siblings and their brother/sister(s) with I/DD, including how siblings may perceive their sibling, how conflicts between siblings may be the same and different among them compared to typical sibling relationships, and ways families can respond in an effective manner. Specific responses to various situations will be discussed, including how parents can assess the size of the conflict and, thus, the most effective way to respond. Best practices, practical solutions and safety for siblings will be discussed.

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April 15th, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Each year, multitudes of students prepare to leave school in search of the perfect job, place to live, relationships, and lifestyle. For a person without a disability, this change from the secure world of school to the uncertainty of adulthood can be stressful and challenging. Join us as we discuss how to tackle a transition plan and what steps you can take to make sure that your child is ready to transition into adult life.

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The transition planning process includes evaluating the student’s skills, abilities, strengths, challenges, and preferences to envision their life after leaving school. Planning involves setting goals for the student to strive toward and identifying the need for supports. Carrying out the transition plan can begin and should be a part of the student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Students and families must be actively involved in the transition planning process as early as possible and keep it moving forward. This presentation discusses the importance of planning, the steps necessary to plan, and provides hands–on tools to put a plan in place.

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April 16th, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us for the second half of a two part webinar, with guest speakers Professor Jasmine Harris, University of California at Davis and Professor Natalie Chin, City University of New York School of Law and Co-Director of the Disability and Aging Justice Clinic, who will be discussing issues around sexual autonomy and sexual rights as civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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April 25th, 2020

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Save the Date for The Arc of Essex County's 22nd annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run, Fundraising Walk, and Family Fun Fest on Saturday, April 25 in Essex County's South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange.  For additional information and to register, visit

April 29th, 2020

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you or a loved one interested in learning more about The Arc of Essex County’s programs and services?  Register to tour our innovative Day Programs the last Wednesday of each month, beginning Wednesday, March 25 at our Opportunity Zone Day Program in Maplewood or Wednesday, April 29th at our West Caldwell Hub.

During our group tours, members of The Arc of Essex County will show you the facilities and review The Arc’s approach to adult services, how to navigate state programs to enroll in programs, and more. Reserve your spot by contacting Candes Reid at or (973) 535-1181 ext. 1247.

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For many people, a job is something that helps define who they are. It gives us a meaningful place to go everyday, a way to explore our interests, a means of earning money, and a way to be a part of our community. This workshop will discuss different employment options available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and hands—on tools for preparing students for employment.

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