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Let's Talk: Conversations with The Arc of NJ Family Institute

Podcast by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute focusing on issues and concerns of families caring for a child or adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities
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Lisa Ford, Director of The Arc of NJ Family Institute talks to family members of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, professionals in the field and self-advocates to gain their perspective on a variety of topics.

Mar 4, 2020

In today's podcast we speak with Spectrum Care Management and Counseling.

www.spectrumcmc.com
973.530.4155
 
Counties Served: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth,
Ocean, Salem
Languages Accommodated: English
Mar 4, 2020

In today's podcast we speak with Ability Advocates Of New Jersey, LLC.

1.800.995.0664
supportcoordination@abilityadvocatesofnj.org
 
Counties Served: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Salem
Languages Accommodated: English
Mar 8, 2019

Cheryl Crick speaks with Siobhan Swepso Program Coordinator at Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, also known as Parents Inc.

Parents Inc. is an evidence-based family strengthening program for any family seeking help and support.

For more information, contact:

Siobhan Swepson
(609) 585-7666
sswepson@paofnj.org 

 

 

Dec 14, 2018

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jessica Listwa is the middle child and a sibling of a sister with cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.  Her sister's special needs fueled her passion to help this community and is now a pediatric dentist in the central/northern Jersey area.

She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from University of Pennsylvania.  She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine/Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. As dental care is extremely difficult for this population, her aim was to be a dentist that can at least help and treat the special needs population in her community.

After discovering the lack of resources and information on oral health for this community, Jessica founded a website (exceptionalsmiles.org) dedicated to helping families and caregivers of someone with special needs navigate oral health and hygiene techniques and issues. Currently, she is getting more involved with the special olympics special smiles campaign in NJ to help the special olympics athletes with their oral health needs.

Apr 10, 2018

Louis, an adult sibling who is married with one child, talks with Cheryl Crick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, and discusses what life was like growing up alongside a sister with severe epilepsy.

Mar 29, 2018

Adult sibling Christine talks with Cheryl Crick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, and discusses what life was like growing up alongside a sister with a developmental disability.

Boxwood Junction: www.boxwoodjunction.org

Mar 26, 2018

Identical twins Kirsten and Kara talk with Cheryl Crick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, and discuss what life was like growing up alongside a younger sister with a developmental disability.

SIBS NJ: www.sibsnj.org

Mar 22, 2018

Lisa Ford speaks with Dr. Laurie Appel from FURever As Friends.

FURever As Friends is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization of dedicated volunteers based in Gloucester, Salem, Camden and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey who love to give back to the community with the help of their certified pets. The services that we provide enhance the bond between people and pets in a nurturing environment and are specifically designed to offer unconditional love and pet-assisted therapy to people of all ages in a variety of different settings.

Mar 22, 2018

Lisa Ford speaks with Tracy Vargas the founder of Learning For Tomorrow NJ. The organization's goal is to provide learners the opportunity for independence and success. Technology plays a large roll in society today and the possibilities that it offers to learners with various needs is only beginning to be identified. Assistive technology, along with behavioral/social supports can prove to be very impactful skills leading to a fulfilling life of independence.

Tracy Vargas Contact Information:
tracy.lftnj@gmail.com
856.982.2350

Feb 21, 2018

Lisa Ford speaks with Mary McGeary, Director of New Jersey's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). SHIP provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance. 

To learn more about about the program, visit www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/ship.

Jan 10, 2018

Lisa Ford speaks with Kenya Eason Mcmillan, Community Outreach Coordinator at All Metro Healthcare, to learn more about about the program.

For more information, please visit http://www.all-metro.com/.

Jan 10, 2018

Lisa Ford speaks with Dan McManmon, President of The College Internship Program (CIP), as he explains how their program assists young adults with learning differences to succeed in college, employment, and independent living.

For more information, visit www.cipworldwide.org.

Jul 18, 2017

Lisa Ford speaks with Tara Montague Client & Family Advocacy Manager at Hearts for Home Care to learn more about about the program.

Resources: 

Jun 26, 2017

Caring for a loved one can put a strain on even the most resilient person. If you're a caregiver, you must take steps to preserve your own health and well-being.  Join Lisa Ford, the Director of The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, as she speaks with Dawn Mitten, a licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and mom of a child with special needs about the importance of caring for yourself. 

Apr 10, 2017

Lisa Ford speaks with Jaonne Kinzy Director of Disability Services at Camden County Community College to learn more about how Camden County College's Garden State Pathways Program helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve in an college setting. 

For more information, visit: www.camdencc.edu/specialsupportprograms/Disability-Services.cfm.

Go to page 130 to find out about what course are available for students in the Garden State Pathways. Course are currently being added.
Feb 22, 2017

Lisa Ford speaks with Karen Halloran Program Coordinator at Keep Achieving (Kach) at Brookdale Community College to learn more about how the program helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve in an college setting. 

For more information, visit www.arcofmonmouth.org/kach.

Feb 21, 2017

Lisa Ford speaks with staff to learn more about how the program helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve in an college setting. 

For more information, visit www.mccc.edu/student_services_needs_dream.shtml.

Feb 21, 2017

Lisa Ford speaks with Chris Corvino, Curriculum Coordinator at The Achievement Center at Raritan Valley Community College. The Achievement Center at Raritan Valley Community College provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in a fully inclusive college experience. 

For more information, visit www.thearcofsomerset.org/programs/the-achievement-center-at-rvcc/the-achievement-center-at-rvcc.html.

Jan 25, 2017

Parent and author Jim Christy talks with Lisa Ford the Director of The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute about how his family navigated the IEP process and how he has turned his life experience into a play.

www.jameschristyjr.com            
Sep 30, 2016

Self-advocate Harlea Maria is 23 years old, attends college and volunteers in her spare time. Join Lisa Ford the Director of The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute about why self-advocacy is important in high school and how she advocates for herself.

 

Learn more about Harlea, at www.heartsdrop.com.

Aug 5, 2016

In part 2 of this 2 part episode, Ralph Mastrangelo discusses his family's feelings regarding his daughter's residential placement into a group home. 

Jul 28, 2016

In part 1 of this 2 part episode, Ralph Mastrangelo discusses the logistics of working with the state to help his daughter transition into a group home. 

Jun 22, 2016

Self-advocate Stephen Coston talks with Family Institute Director Lisa Ford about why self-advocacy is important and how he advocates for himself in a number of areas in his life.

 

Original broadcast date: May 2016

Apr 27, 2016

Nick attends the DREAM Program, at Mercer County Community College. Hear what he has to say about his experiences as a college student who happens to have a disability.

Original broadcast date: April 21, 2016

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