- In-home respite provides
a family with either a respite worker or the money to hire their
own worker for up to 20-hours each month per family.
provides a much needed break to families from the responsibility
of caring for a person with a developmental disability. This service
is provided in the family’s home. Families can access 20-hours
of respite care a month. Division of Developmental Disabilities
(DDD) eligibility is required.
- Hotel Respite gives the
caregivers a night off and provides the consumer a chance to
go on a road trip, stay overnight in a hotel, have a few meals
out, and have an adventure away from home.
trained staff members will provide three to four individuals with
developmental disabilities the opportunity to spend the night
away from home in an area hotel. The individuals (depending on
the age of the group) will have the opportunity to enjoy such
activities as going to a restaurant, the movies, the boardwalk,
casino shows, or dance clubs. This program is limited to one weekend
a year per individual. Participant must be DDD eligible.
- Saturday Program offers
five hours of social and recreational activities for children
aged five and up on Saturday morning.
with children can often use a break on Saturday. We offer a five-hour
out-of-home respite service from 10 AM to 3 PM. Children with
developmental disabilities have the opportunity to interact and
hone their social skills. Activities are structured and designed
to improve social skills. Our staff meets the needs of the children
who require personal care and assistance. Eighteen children can
be served each week. This is a very popular service and families
must sign up each week for their child to attend the program.
DDD eligibility is not a requirement to attend.
- Sunday Program is a lot
like the Saturday Program, only it is offered to adults.
adult respite service is provided year-round on Sunday from 12
to 5 PM to families caring for an adult with a developmental disability.
Individuals over the age of 17 can attend and participate in a
wide variety of activities. Small field trips are held several
times a year. Families (or the individuals) must call and sign
up each week. We can accommodate 16 adults each week. DDD eligibility
is not required. No transportation is provided, however, many
individuals are able use Access Link.
- After School Program provides
a safe and caring environment for developmentally disabled children
whose parents or guardians work beyond the school day.
service allows parents who have a child with special and who need
to work beyond school hours. Four staff provide up to twelve children
after school care from 3 PM to 6 PM. DDD eligibility is required.
- Cash subsidies are available
to help families purchase equipment, personal care or other
items necessary for the care of a family member with a developmental
amount of money is available for families to assist with expenses
incurred in caring for a family member with a developmental disability.
Applications are handled by the Division of Developmental Disabilities
and reviewed quarterly by a committee. In the past, families received
funds to help pay for summer camp, adaptive equipment not covered
by insurance, guardianship expenses, and special dietary supplements
to name a few. To apply contact your Division of Developmental
Disabilities case manager at DDD (609) 561-5070 for more information.
- Life Skills Training is
a popular program offered through Family Support Services. It
is a one-on-one tutoring program for adults and children with
a developmental disability who need help learning and maintaining
basic life skills, such as money handling, time, reading, writing,
clothing care, cooking and other skills according to the needs
of the individual.
This program is specifically
designed to tailor the teaching to the students. The goal is always
to promote greater independence and to help prepare the student
for daily living responsibilities both at school or in the work
world. Typically the sessions either take place in the student's
home or appropriate community setting. To be eligible, the student
must have a developmental disability, be a resident of Atlantic
County, and meet income criteria set by the Division of Youth
and Family Services (which provides the grant to run the program).
There is no age restriction.