New Jersey Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

See also New Jersey Web Resources

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:  Special
Education Services.
STATE VOCATIONAL Rehabilitation Agency. DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY 
Organizations
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
ages 3 through 5. 
STATE VOCATIONAL
Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs
 
EARLY
Intervention System.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH
for children and youth.
PARENT-TEACHER
Association (PTA)
TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance.
PARENTS  Training and
Information Project.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL HEALTH /Retardation PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
with Special Health Care Needs.
PARENT-TO-PARENT
Assistance

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Barbara Gantwerk, Director 
Office of Special Education Program, Dept. of Education 
100 Riverview Plaza, P. O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500 
            (609) 292-0147      

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Cecilia Downey, Acting Director 
Office of Special Education Programs/Department of Education 
P. O. Box 500 
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500 
            (609) 292-4692      

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Terri Harrison
NJ Department of Health & Senior Services
P. O. Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625
            (609) 777-7734       
E-mail: tlh@doh.state.nj.us

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Thomas G. Jennings, Director 
NJ Dept. of Labor, Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation Svcs. 
P. O. Box 398
Trenton, NJ 08625-0398 
            (609) 292-5987      ;             (609) 292-2919       (TTY)

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Dr. Thomas Henry, Director
Department of Human Services: 
Office of School-to-Career & College Initiatives
NJ Department of Education
P. O. Box 710
Trenton, NJ 08625 
            (609) 292-2121      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Alan Kaufman, Director 
Div. of Mental Health Services/Dept. of Human Services
50 East State Street, Capital Center
P. O. Box 727 
Trenton, NJ 08625 
            (609) 777-0702      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Office of Children’s Services
Division of Mental Health Services 
Capital Center
P. O. Box 727 
Trenton, NJ 08625 
            (609) 777-0707      

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM

Robert B. Nicholas, Ph.D., Director
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Human Services 
50 East State Street, P. O. Box 726
Trenton, NJ 08625 
            (609) 292-7260      
E-mail: rbnicholas@dhs.state.nj.us

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Ethan B. Ellis, Executive Director
New Jersey DD Council 
20 West State Street, P. O. Box 700 
Trenton, NJ 08625 
            (609) 292-3745      

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Sarah W. Mitchell, Executive Director
NJ Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
210 South Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
            (609) 292-9742      ;             (609) 633-7106       (TTY)
            (800) 922-7233       (in NJ)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Cynthia K. Ewing, Acting Director
NJ Department of Health & Senior Services
Special Child & Adult Health Services
50 E. State Street, P. O. Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625 
            (609) 984-0755      

STATE AGENCY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Jamie Casabianca Hilton, Executive Director
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 47017, 153 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101
            (201) 648-2324      
E-mail: NJCBVI@Edu.GTE.net

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Richard Herring, Director
Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
NJ Department of Human Services
P. O. Box 074 
Trenton, NJ 08625-0074
            (609) 984-7281       (V/TTY)
            (800) 792-8339       (V/TTY, in NJ only)
E-mail: Richard_Herring@njdhs.uu.holonet.net

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

William Toomey, Supervisor 
Special Education 
High Point Regional High School
299 Pigeon Hill Road
Sussex, NJ 07461 
            (201) 875-3102      

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
            (216) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Autism
Nancy Richardson, Executive Director
NJ Center for Outreach & Services
for the Autism Community (NJ-COSAC)
1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22
Ewing, NJ 08638
            (609) 883-8100      

Brain Injury
Barbara Geiger-Parker, Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of New Jersey
1090 King George Post Road, Suite 708
Edison, NJ 08837
            (908) 738-1002      ;             (800) 669-4323       (in NJ only)

Cerebral Palsy 
Myra Ryan, Executive Director 
United Cerebral Palsy of NJ 
354 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 
            (609) 392-4004       (ext. 513) 

Epilepsy 
Eric M. Joice, Executive Director 
Epilepsy Foundation of NJ 
50 East State Street, Suite 212
Trenton, NJ 08608 
            (609) 392-4900      ;             (800) 336-5843      

Learning Disabilities 
Ronee Groff, President 
Learning Disabilities Association of NJ
P.O. Box 187
Oceanport, NJ 07757
            (908) 571-1221      

Mental Health 
Carolyn Beauchamp, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in NJ 
60 South Fullerton Avenue, Room 105 
Montclair, NJ 07042 
            (201) 744-2500       

Harry S. Gallagher, President 
NJ Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
1562 Route 130
N. Brunswick, NJ 08902
            (908) 940-0991      
E-mail: aminj@sprynet.com

Mental Retardation 
Paul Potito, Executive Director 
The Arc of NJ
985 Livingston Avenue 
North Brunswick, NJ 08902 
            (908) 246-2525       

Speech and Hearing 
Sheree Reese, President
NJ Speech-Language-Hearing Association
170 Township Line Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
            (908) 359-5308      

Spina Bifida 
Jane Kovara, Executive Director
Spina Bifida Association of NJ 
84 Park Avenue
Flemington, NJ 08822
            (908) 782-7475      
E-mail: sbanj@sbanj.org

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Brian Fitzgerald, CEO
Easter Seal Society of New Jersey
1 Kimberly Road
E. Brunswick, NJ 08816
            (908) 257-6662      ;             (908) 238-4442       (TTY)Mimi Walsh, Director
Family Support Center of New Jersey
2150 Highway 35, Suite 207-B/C
Sea Girt, NJ 08750
            (908) 974-1144      ;             (800) 852-7899       (NJ relay)
E-mail: fscnj@aol.com 

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

Deborah Spitalnik, Ph.D., Executive Director 
The University Affiliated Program of New Jersey
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Brookwood II
45 Knightsbridge Road, P.O. Box 6810 
Piscataway, NJ 08855-6810
            (732) 235-4447      ;             (732) 235-4407       (TTY) 

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Tim Montagano, Project Director
New Jersey Technology Assistive Resource Program
135 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
            (609) 292-7498      ;             (800) 382-7765       (TTY)

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECT

Diana Autin, Executive Director
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) 
35 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102
            (973) 642-8100      ;             (973) 642-8080      
E-mail: autind@aol.com
URL: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7235 

PARENT-TO-PARENT

Edward Madara, Director 
NJ Self-Help Clearinghouse 
Northwest Covenant Medical Center
25 Pocono Road 
Denville, NJ 07834-2995 
            (201) 625-9053      ;             (800) 367-6274       (In NJ) Diane Klemm, Coordinator
NJ Statewide Parent-to-Parent
35 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102
            (973) 642-8100      ;             (800) 372-6510      

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Maryann Chimenti-Kolbeck, President
New Jersey Congress of Parents and Teachers
900 Berkeley Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618-5322
            (609) 393-5004      
E-mail: nj_office@pta.org

 New Jersey Web
 

Community 
NJ Web 
New Jersey State and Local Government 
Princeton Online 
Union Organization for Social Service Consumer Protection  
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of New Jersey 

Crime 
Bridgeton Community Crime Alert, Inc. 

Job Training and Workplace  
Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey

Computers and Technology  
Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey 
Share the Technology Computer Recycling Project
 

Disability Information  
Association of Late Deafened Adults – Garden State Chapter 
Disable Hotline 
Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey 
New Horizons in Autism, Inc. 
Special Olympics New Jersey Safety  
Hillsborough Rescue Squad 
Park Ridge Volunteer Fire Department 

Community Service (Volunteering)  
CASA of Morris County 
CASE Program 
Rotary District 7510 
 

Family and Parenting  
EPIC of South Brunswick 
HiTops 
Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area
New Jersey Family Policy Council 
RESOLVE of New Jersey 
Several Sources Shelters Recovery, Addiction, and Abuse 
Council On Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
First Call For Help 
GSYP
 
Children and Youth  
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Hunterdon County 
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Monmouth County 
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County 
Boys and Girls Club of Union County 
The Children’s Home 
George Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America Gifted Child Society 
YMCA – Princeton 
YWCA – Princeton   
 
Homelessness and Housing  
Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County Inc. 
Habitat for Humanity–Cape May County 
Habitat For Humanity Newark 
Helping Hands, Inc. 
Housing & Economic Opportunities, Inc. 
Interfaith Council for the Homeless 
Education 
artsgenesis 
Gifted Child Society, Inc. 
Junior Achievement – South Jersey 
Literacy Volunteers of America – New Jersey 
Morristown Toastmasters 
Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute of New Jersey 
 

 

 

Visit these sites for more information
Early Origins of AutismAsk an Expert on AutismHealth FinderTalk to Autism ExpertNational Institutes of Mental HealthCombined Health Information DatabaseAbstracts on Autism

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