New JerseyServices and Support for People with Disabilities
Values Into Action NJ and Niagara University are excited to introduce the First Responders Disability Awareness Training (FR-DAT) program to the state’s first responders.
The ability to respond to individuals with disabilities has posed varying challenges to emergency responders across the country. High profile cases have exposed the need for more involved awareness and education regarding the characteristics and challenges some individuals pose. As the population increases and more individuals are active in the community, the need to ensure accurate and appropriate response is critical.
Endorsed by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and control and NYS DOH EMS, this program provides valuable information and resources while introducing NU’s comprehensive Train-the-Trainer program. Currently being conducted in New York and Arkansas, FRDAT is the only program in the nation that covers ALL disabilities that may challenge emergency responders and allows the department to own the customized curriculum and conduct the program per their training schedule. For more information and to access training evaluation summaries, visit our website at frdat.niagara.edu.
“All in all, I was very glad that I signed up for this training. I also believe that when I bring this info back to my department, and other local departments, that my EMS peers will also feel the same benefits and growth from this knowledge. I was also appreciative of all the talking points which are included.” - Mary Mott East Hampton Village (NY) Ambulance Certified Instructor Coordinator
“Props to NU for putting together a wonderful and comprehensive course and resource guide for us to use and implement in the field.” – Emanuel Caras Scarsdale (NY) Firefighter/EMS
Dozens of first responders attended the first training held at Middlesex Co. Fire Academy June 9th. The presentation was conducted by NU FRDAT’s Project Director David Whalen. Dave has been training a multitude of service providers and first responders in disability awareness for the past 11 years and has been working in the field of disability service/education since 1986.
Values Into Action looks forward to another “Train the Trainer” session in October.
This project is funded by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities.
The mood inside Tao’s Restaurant in East Rutherford on May 7 was light. Music played as those in attendance casually helped themselves to a breakfast spread of fruit, bagels and coffee, and mingled before the start of a presentation geared toward addressing the state of affairs for children and adults with disabilities. But the message from presenters stood in stark contrast to the casual atmosphere.
Parents of children and adults with disabilities gathered to voice their concerns regarding issues confronting the disabled which they say include weakened and disappearing case management services, the decrease of housing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and a failure to enforce Federal Special Education Law. In addition, concern from parents and those in attendance stemmed from the New Jersey Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for adults with disabilities.
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A Guide for Families – The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Values Into Action – New Jersey is hosting a discussion about housing access and availability with those leading the efforts on housing policy & development for people with disabilities and mental health challenges. Come meet and engage with:
- Gail Levinson: Executive Director, Supportive Housing Authority NJ,
- Janel Winter: Director of Housing, Division of Developmental Disabilities, and
- Rick Iovine: Director, Burlington Public Housing Authority
When: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: Values Into Action – New Jersey Office
351 High Street, Suite 203
Burlington, NJ 08054
This is a free workshop; however, space is limited. Please register early to ensure your participation.
RSVP to Brandy by Wednesday,January 22,2014 by phone at 856-985-6801 or by email at email@example.com.
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Providers in the Fee for Service World: Lessons Learned
Members of the Fiscal and support divisions of Values into Action – Pennsylvania will be coming to Burlington to share their experiences working in the Fee For Service world.. They will provide brief presentations about the fiscal implications on the agency as well as how these impact the support provided to individuals.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A and related discussion during this presentation.
Get your questions answered and learn from those who work in the fee for service world already!
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Please RSVP to Brandy by Monday December 23, 2013
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