N.J. Division of Disability Services 1-888-285-3036
Provides a comprehensive listing of services and programs offered to N.J. residents living and working with disabilities. The RESOURCES Publication lists information on available resources and services.
Family Support Center of New Jersey 1-800-372-6510
Provides assistance to families in accessing the public and private resources available to people with disabilities and their families. The Options Publication includes information on support programs, advocacy, education, recreation, financial assistance, and practical parent tips.
Division of Developmental Disabilities 800-832-9173 Central Office Bergen, Passaic, Hudson 973-977-4004
The lead provider of services for people with developmental disabilities in N.J. DDD contracts with private agencies throughout the state that provide an array of community living services, including Real Life Choices and residential services, to people with disabilities.
Centers for Independent Living Statewide Council 732-571-3703
Heightened Independence and Progress, Hackensack 201-996-9100
Community-based, consumer-driven, non-residential organizations that help break down the physical, social, and attitudinal barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from achieving their desired independence and participation in community life. Services are generally free of charge and include referral, peer counseling, independent living skills training, advocacy, and a variety of services based on the needs of the population.
Department of Human Services 609-292-3717 Bergen 201-634-2750 Passaic 973-225-3700
Provides supports and services for people with disabilities and their families, as well as programs for mental health consumers, and the N.J. Medicaid Program
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1-609-292-5987
Provides a variety of services to individuals with disabilities of employable age. Eligibility is generally based on the presence of mental or physical disability that is a barrier to employment, and a reasonable expectation that the division’s services will help the person with the disability to become employable.
Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired 973-648-2111 Northern Office
Promotes and provides services in the areas of education, employment, independence, and eye health through
informed choices and partnerships with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and communities.
County Offices for the Disabled
County Offices operate as local clearinghouses for disability and technical information.
NJ Transit Access Link 800-955-2321
NJ Transit’s para-transit system provides service comparable to the local bus service. This curb–to-curb service is specifically for those whose disability prevents them from using the local fixed route bus service.
County Para-Transit Services
Each county operates a para-transit system to serve its seniors and residents with disabilities. An application process must be completed before service can begin and advance notice is necessary in order for transportation to be arranged. Services provided vary by county.
Social Security Benefits 800-772-1213
Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
211 By dialing 211 you will be put in touch with an information and referral agency that will connect you to social and community services, basic human needs resources, volunteer opportunities, and even mental health services.