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Disability and inclusion conference

From “My Hero Brother”
From “My Hero Brother”

Local New Jersey Jewish organizations will partner to organize “Keys to Support,” the third annual Jewish disability awareness and inclusion conference at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, on March 26. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference runs from 9 to 4:30 p.m. The conference includes a vendor fair.

The gathering will provide valuable information about critical issues that many families of people with disabilities face in finding inclusive and accessible lives for their family members.

Families and those caring for people with disabilities are confronting significant changes to state regulations and procedures. The conference will feature breakout sessions with information to help navigate the state system and to access the services they need. Topics include a look at how DDD plans on working with families and service recipients; impending fee for service models and ways to gain access to services through support coordination; the school-to-adult-life transition; employment for people with disabilities, and housing opportunities. Service professionals and coordination organizations will be on-site in the designated exhibitor area to offer practical advice, community support, and information.

The critically acclaimed film “My Hero Brother,” which tells the story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas, accompanied by their “normal” brothers and sisters, will be shown.

The Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities organizes the conference with the JCCOTP, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Jewish Family Service of Clifton-Passaic, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey, and Sinai. Many additional community organizations participate.

For more information, email events@j-add.org.

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