When Super Storm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore in 2012, the flood waters wreaked havoc on The Arc of Monmouth's Work Opportunity Center (in Long Branch, NJ). With the help of countless donors, volunteers, and community partners, we were able to rebuild.

Now, five years later, the Self-Advocacy Group wanted to thank those volunteers by Paying It Forward. With the help of non-profit "Providing Hope" (Rumson, NJ), this group raised $1,000 to aid our sister chapters of The Arc in Houston and Florida, who recently experienced hurricane. The advocates want to remind The Arc of Greater Houston and The Arc of Nature Coast, Florida that they are not alone. The Jersey Shore stands with you!

NJ's Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) recently published their newest timeline for 2018 Graduates who will be aging out of the school system at the end of this school year. The DDD enrollment/eligibility process can seem overwhelming, but planning as early as possible for the future will help eliminate some of the stress. There are many resources available. We encourage families and young adults with I/DD to take advantage of transition fairs, workshops, and visit for many online resources. As always, please reach out to The Arc of Monmouth for all of your transition questions. We are happy to guide and support you through this process.

The Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug 21 poses dangers to vision. Do NOT look directly at the sun without special eye protection for risk of causing permanent damage. This flyer is from The Arc of NJ.

A breakdown of museums, theaters, and activities that offer accommodations for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.

An increase for Direct Support Professionals is included in the Budget bill, but we need to make sure it stays in! The Senate and Assembly will vote on Thursday, so we need you to act now!

The New Jersey Children's System of Care, which serves children and youth up to age 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is now accepting requests from families for financial assistance toward the 2017 summer camp session.

Register now for these informative sessions and preview some more family seminars we have coming up this spring!