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It is estimated that one in five people nationwide, and approximately 1.75 million New Jersey residents have a disability that potentially limits his/her physical or cognitive functioning.

The Division of Disability Services (DDS) was established in 1997 with the intention of bridging the gap to services for those with adult onset disabilities-- disabilities occurring later in life as a result of injury or illness.  During its tenure, DDS has evolved into a single point of entry for disability-related information.

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES (I & R)

Through its toll-free hotline, 1-888-285-3036, DDS responds to as many as 5,000 requests each year for statewide Information and Referral Services.  

Nationally Certified Information and Referral Specialists (I & R Specialists) are available during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, to provide information and to assist with navigating State and County Services available to individuals with disabilities. In addition to providing live assistance over the phone, I & R specialists attend public events throughout the State to offer presentations, disseminate information, and answer questions.

DDS I & R Specialists also provide Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) enrollment assistance for children and young adults, 20 years old and under.

 
 
PROGRAMS

DDS administers the following programs geared toward enhancing independence, flexibility, and choice among people with disabilities in need of assistance services.

 
 
KEY INITIATIVES AND SERVICES

Disability Health and Wellness Initiatives
The Division collaborates with policy makers, health educators, public and private agencies, and experts in the field of health and wellness on projects and initiatives.  DDS aims to promote healthy living and prevention of secondary conditions for people with disabilities and create healthier, more inclusive communities through policy, systems and environmental changes. 


NJ WorkAbility and NJ ABLE
DDS I & R Specialist provide information, eligibility screening, and technical assistance for these programs.

 
 
STATUTORY ADVISORY BOARDS AND COUNCILS

DDS serves as staff to the following mandated advisory councils:

NJ Advisory Council on Traumatic Brain Injury

Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) Consumer Advisory Council 

 
 
NJ RESOURCES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

DDS publishes the New Jersey Guide to Accessible Parking and New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources, our highly sought after resource directory, is a comprehensive guide outlining programs and services available to New Jersey residents, caregivers, and advocates. Publications are available in English and Spanish and in both print and digital formats. To request printed copies of our publications, email us at: dds.publications@dhs.nj.gov.  To access digital copies, use the links below: 

New Jersey Resources: English, Spanish and audio

New Jersey Guide to Accessible Parking (English) (Spanish)

 
 
DDS CONTACT INFORMATION

Division of Disability Services
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ
(Mailing: PO Box 705 Trenton NJ 08625)

Telephone: 1-888-285-3036
Fax: 609-631-4365

 
 
 
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