New Jersey

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    I Am Olmstead!

    This year, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Olmstead Decision. I am personally grateful to the United States Supreme Court for the impact this has on my life. About Olmstead The story of the Olmstead case begins with two women, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson. They had mental illness and developmental disabilities. They […]

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    Fairs, Festivals, and Free Events in NJ!

    Summer is almost upon us. The weather is getting nicer, which gives us all more of a reason to go outside! If you are interested in fairs, festivals, and free events, then check out the link in the button below. This online resource organizes fairs and festivals by month throughout the state of New Jersey […]

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    Join Us at the NJ Youth Transition Conference!

    Are you a young adult with a disability, a family member, or someone who helps people with disabilities? Then we’ve got something exciting to share with you! It’s called the NJ Youth Transition Conference, and it’s all about helping people transition into the world of services and support. The NJ Youth Transition Conference is a […]

  • Free Assistance and Holiday Programs 2023

    If you, or someone you know, could benefit from support during the holiday season, there are charities offering a few programs of free toys, presents, gifts and meals. The assistance varies. Free gifts for children and boxes of food are passed out in 2023 to those who qualify. In addition to a gift for a […]

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    Finally HOME NJ Project

    About the Project Values Into Action was awarded the NJ Housing Grant for People with Complex Medical and Behavioral Support Needs (and who are aging) by the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities. We called this project, “Finally HOME NJ”. The goal of of the Finally HOME NJ grant was to raise awareness of the needs […]

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    Employment First in NJ

    Did you know that New Jersey is an “Employment First” state? “Employment First” means that competitive employment is the recommended first activity after graduation. This is true for everyone, including people with disabilities. ‘Employment First’ is about empowering people with choices for their future. With opportunities for employment comes questions about how it could affect […]

  • A Deaf Black man wearing glasses looks neutrally at the camera while holding a hand lettered sign declaring “NOTHING about us without US.” The man wears denim overalls and has a black and white beard, septum piercing, and hair pulled back with a bandana. The background features a vibrant mural of a Black woman looking down.

    With, Not For.

    With, not For. That is a power statement and one that is used frequently here at Values into Action. It’s the cornerstone on which the work we do is supported. The collaborative model works to bring everyone to the table. This allows people to forge a path into a space where once hidden voices have […]

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