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Senate Approves Corrado Bill to Aid Developmentally Disabled Young Adults

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would establish county-college based centers for transition to help developmentally disabled individuals up to age 24 cleared the Senate today.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would establish county-college based centers for transition to help developmentally disabled individuals up to age 24 cleared the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Corrado’s bill (S-4211) would appropriate $4.5 million to support the centers’ missions of preparing young people for life as an adult.

“This program is desperately needed in the disability community,” said Corrado (R-40). “It is time to stop abandoning special needs individuals when they reach age 21 and devote more energy to teaching them how to live productive, responsible adult lives.”

Under the legislation, the county college-based adult centers would coordinate and integrate existing county and state-based services, programs, and resources. The measure would also ensure that individuals up to age 24 with developmental disabilities have opportunities to receive mentoring, job coaching, skill training, and any other appropriate wrap-around services to help them make a successful transition into employment and independent living, as appropriate.

“Establishing this program will change lives for individuals with developmental disabilities who have aged out of traditional support programs,” said Corrado. “The centers will help students progress to postsecondary education and develop life skills necessary for them to find employment and live independently as adults. This bill would help fill a large void in services for those with developmental disabilities.”

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