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Anti-Oppression: Anti-Ableism


Background, what ableism looks like, support resources, and resources for allies.


Anti-Oppression: Anti-Sanism


"Sanism (also called mentalism) is a systematized discrimination, antagonism, or exclusion directed against neurodivergent people based on the belief that neurotypical cognition is superior."  Find analysis and resources here.


Advancing Opportunities

This organization serves people with disabilities by being advocates, providing community resources, family support services, lending assistive technology, and much more.


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing - NJ Chapter

This is the "world’s oldest and largest membership organization promoting the use of spoken language by children and adults with hearing loss.


Alliance for Independence

Helps disabled people and their families with living arrangements, referrals, and helping people become independent with help in budgeting, career planning, and inclusion.


Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD)

"ABCD provides leadership in the developmental disability community, including its successful advocacy, education and lobbying  in several priority areas: community services, special education, provider rate setting, and legislation."


Allies Inc.

Allies helps individuals with support services ans programs to help them live full lives physically, mentally and emotionally.


The ARC - New Jersey


The Arc of New Jersey promotes and protects the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

985 Livingston Avenue

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Phone: 732.246.2525

Fax: 732.214.1834

E-mail: info@arcnj.org


The ARC - National


For more than 60 years, The Arc has been on the front lines in making change happen for people diagnosed with AutismDown syndromeFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and a range of diagnoses across the spectrum of intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Autism New Jersey 


"Self-advocates, families, the professionals who work with them, government officials, the media, and concerned state residents."

Information line (800.4.AUTISM) (800-428-8466)


The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)


An independent, United Nations group of "experts monitoring the implementation of convention by the States Parties."


Community Health Law Project 


This organizations helps people who are experiencing foreclosure, need health insurance enrollment, are experiencing a civil rights issue and need help and advocacy. They also hold training and workshops.


Community Justice Center

This is a"legal services non-profit based in Trenton, serving the low-income/homeless disabled, and returning disabled veterans and their families, primarily within Central New Jersey."


Developmental Disabilities Council

It is a "platform for individuals, family members, advocates, and public and private agencies to develop a coordinated social policy for advancing the rights and opportunities of New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities."


Disability Rights New Jersey


Advocacy, legal aid, and assistance in a variety of areas (assistive technology, education, employment, healthcare, etc.).

210 S. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608
PHONE: 609-292-9742 or 800-922-7233 (IN STATE)
TTY: 609-633-7106
FAX: 609-777-0187
E-MAIL: advocate@drnj.org




Information and resources for people with disabilities.


Elizabeth Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

"Part of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. Since its inception in 1983, The Center has emphasized a community based, lifespan approach to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families."


Equal Employment Opportunities Commission 


For general inquiries or to begin the process of filing a complaint of discrimination, call 1-800-669-4000


Family Resource Associates


"FRA provides home-based early intervention for infants, therapeutic recreation programs, pre-vocational and educational classes for adults, along with family and sibling support groups."


Family Support Organization of Essex County

"The Family Support Organization of Essex County is a family-centered, family-driven nonprofit that provides peer support, education and advocacy for parents of children who have emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use and developmental or intellectual challenges."


Free Emotional Support Line for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

973-870-0677 VP

Monday to Friday 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign Language Users can communicate with ACCESS of St. Joseph's Health of Paterson.


Getting Hired


Bridging the gap between job seekers with disabilities & employers looking to hire.


Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (formerly YourResource)

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment "collects, sanitizes, refurbishes and sells gently-used, durable medical equipment and unopened medical supplies at affordable prices."


Housing Resource Center


"A FREE, online searchable registry of affordable and accessible housing units throughout the State of New Jersey, including: Affordable Rental Housing, Affordable For-sale Housing, and Housing with Accessibility Features."


Mental Health Association of New Jersey 


"The mission of  the Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services."


Mom 2 Mom Helpline Program

The Mom2Mom helpline is staffed 24/7 for mothers with children with disabilities by mothers who have the children with disabilities.


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NJ Affiliate)


NAMI is a grassroots organization that offers advocacy, training, resources for coping and much more for people living with mental illness and their families.


National Center for Learning Disabilities


This site supplies facts, links, tips, and news for people with learning disabilities. 


National Council on Disability


This independent federal agency provides news and links to additional resources. 


National Federation of the Blind


Topics include legislation, services, and research. 


National Organization on Disability


Links to additional resources such as local chapters, other organizations, and programs for people with disabilities.


New Jersey Commission for the Blind



New Jersey Connect for Recovery


"NJ Connect for Recovery is a free, confidential call line focused on helping individuals and families coping with substance use disorders. It is a service of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey."


New Jersey Disability Programs


Links to agencies and services for New Jerseyans.


New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

"The Clearinghouse helps people find and form all types of self-help support groups."


New Jersey Aging and Disability Resource Connection


Search by category, area, or ZIP code for disabled and senior services including day care centers, senior centers, support groups, places to apply for state and federal assistance programs, hospice programs, housing assistance, tax preparation assistance, transportation, and more.


The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center


Services, catalog of collections, events, and more.


The Newark Public Library - Special Services


The Special Services Room, located on the third floor of the Main Library, features a variety of services, equipment, and programs.

The room is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. by appointment. For more information, please call 973-733-5412.




Save money without compromising your SSI and Medicaid.  "The earnings on your investments are federally tax-deferred and tax-free, if used for qualified disability expenses.1"


New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council

For information about the City of Newark program, contact John Petix, Jr., Executive Director, 973.648.2598 (TTY: 973.624.6900); Fax: 973.648.3902; Email:info@dial-cil.org


Project ENABLE (Expanding Non-discriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere)


"Project ENABLE's database, "Disabilities Resources," an organic resource for librarians, teachers parents, and others who serve and/or support people with disabilities. New items will be added to the database on a regular basis."


Provider Search Database


Allows users to search for providers by name or services, and filter results further by services, provider location, location type, etc.


Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)


Blog articles about programs, education, and other activities.




A free application that links and reads any web page for visually impaired users. No installation is necessary, although a sound card, speakers or headphones are required.


Go back to list of all Newark Public Library Web guides.



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