For some, activist circles are great while others are more comfortable in interpersonal, emotional support settings. To find the network of support that is most helpful for you, you'll have to do some research. Over time you'll find where you're most comfortable. Here's a few organizations where you can find community and education. 

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities

The New Jersey Counsel on Developmental Disabilities should probably be your first stop for information.

The Arc Family Institute

The Arc Family Institute has a terrific monthly calendar which lists all types of support gatherings that are happening throughout the state. This is a terrific resource to bookmark.


New Jersey Parents of Developmentally Disabled Adults

A true grassroots coalition to provide support and information to all.

NJPDDA Facebook Page

Autism NJ

Autism NJ provides a broad based wealth of information encompassing everything from latest legislation that might affect your loved one to supports, education, and referrals.

NJCDD Family Support Planning Councils

This is a list of support counsels throughout major regions of New Jersey. The information and support you will find at these meetings is invaluable and you should try to attend.

For Young Families

The following are some terrific support sites I have found for younger families that I wish I had available to me in my younger years.


Span Advocacy is a great first stop for families in NJ with infants, toddlers or children up to youth experiencing disabilities.

A terrific mom who has twins with disabilities has put together an amazing resource offering a wealth of information. One of the most comprehensive I have seen.

POAC is wonderful organization that provides invaluable training for many.