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Disability Rights New Jersey

New Jersey’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency under federal law. We advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities and promote their self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration into all facets of community life.

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Disability Rights New Jersey

New Jersey’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency under federal law. We advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities and promote their self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration into all facets of community life.

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Our Impact

Disability Rights NJ wields the power of the law to help improve the lives of people with disabilities, with the goal of creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society.

We fight for freedom from abuse, neglect, and discrimination wherever people with disabilities live, work, study, and play. Our work is rooted in a shared belief in the inherent value of all people and their right to self-determination, choice, and full participation in society.

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How We Help

Consistent with our federal mandate, Disability Rights NJ is here to provide a wide array of advocacy services for individuals with disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders:

  • We investigate allegations of abuse and neglect to ensure that individuals with disabilities are safe wherever they receive services.
  • We provide legal representation to individuals with disabilities who have legal issues that fall within our priority areas.
  • We monitor settings where individuals with disabilities receive services, including developmental centers, state psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nursing facilities.
  • We provide information and referral to individuals with disabilities and their families in areas outside our priorities, as well as technical assistance to other stakeholders.
  • We engage in outreach, education and training, with an emphasis on building the expertise and skills of self-advocates.
30000

Individuals served

765432

Impacted through our systemic litigation

5000

Outreach and training events conducted

25000

Individuals impacted through outreach

890000

of New Jerseyeans with disabilities

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Our Stories

Timothy
Timothy

Timothy is a 45-year-old man, with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual disability and Cerebral Palsy. Robin, his sister and legal guardian, and her family care for him in their home, attend to his every need and most significantly, they understand his non-traditional form of communication.

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Alyia
Alyia

When you’re 17 and in high school, life should be fun and easy, full of friends, social events, and junk food. For Alyia, being a teenage girl has come with a unique set of challenges.

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Quinnell
Quinnell

Quinnell, a 33-year-old man, first came to Disability Rights NJ in 2014 seeking assistance advocating for his assistive technology needs, to help him in his schoolwork with special devices for his computer.

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Harley
Harley

Harley doesn't let his developmental disability get in the way of enjoying life. In fact, he'll tell you that the reason he's such a joyful person is that he is who he is, and he wouldn't have it any other way.

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Max
Max

Just like most kids his age, Max enjoys spending his time listening to music, tanning, and going to the gym, however, one thing that sets him apart is his disability. Diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy causing stiffness in the legs, Max is an outspoken advocate for others with disabilities, especially when it yields the opportunity to empower kids like himself.

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Resource Library

A collection of tools and useful resources to help you stay informed of your rights and assist you in advocating for yourself or someone else with a disability. We are committed to providing you with information that empowers your advocacy. The information provided is not a substitute for individualized, fact-specific legal advice.

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