Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that would establish county-college based centers for transition to help developmentally disabled individuals up to age 24 was approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee today.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado would establish county-college based centers for transition to help developmentally disabled individuals up to age 24. (SenateNJ.com)
Corrado’s bill (S-4211) would appropriate $4.5 million to support the centers’ mission of preparing young people for life as an adult.
“The establishment of this vital program will change lives for individuals with developmental disabilities who are too old for traditional support programs,” said Corrado (R-40). “The centers will help students progress to postsecondary education and develop life skills necessary to allow them to find and keep jobs and live independently as adults. This bill would help fill a large void in services for those with developmental disabilities.”
The bill provides that the county college-based adult centers would coordinate and integrate existing county and state-based services, programs, and resources; and ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities up to the age of 24 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.
“This program is desperately needed in the disability community,” said Corrado. “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.”
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