About the Office of Inclusion and Accessibility
The Office of Inclusion and Accessibility was founded in the Fall of 2010 under the Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services. The Office of Inclusion and Accessibility provides information and referrals to Hudson County residents with disabilities and educates the public about:
- Federal, State and Local programs
- Community Resources
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Community and Self-Advocacy
Who We Are:
The Office of Inclusion and Accessibility (OIA), formerly known as the Office of Disability Services, was founded in the fall of 2010 to assist Hudson County residents with disabilities by increasing access to, and utilization of, community-based resources. OIA convenes an Advisory Board comprised of consumers, service providers, and other stakeholders to help coordinate services, identify gaps in resources and determine priorities for Hudson County.
What We Do:
Provide information, assistance, and advocacy
- Staff members assess and identify needs and link consumers with relevant services. Staff members provide information related to community resources and advocate on behalf of consumers for the successful resolution of identified problems. OIA also maintains a resource library and produces a Resource Directory that is updated annually.
Conduct Community Outreach and Education
- Staff hosts events, training, and other learning opportunities that supply information about available services and resources and promote community awareness and social inclusion.
Administer Programming to Assist Individuals with Disabilities
- The Office of Inclusion and Accessibility provides oversight of services that support Hudson County residents with disabilities and other special populations. These services assist with maintaining self-sufficiency within the community and the delay or prevention of institutional care. Services include:
- Meals on Wheels (for individuals under the age of 60)
- Independent Living Case Management
- Transition Case Management
- Certified Home Health Aide Services and Case Management
- Assistive Technology
- Community Support
- Child Care for Special Populations
- Community Emergency Psychiatric Services
- Early Intervention Program
- Therapeutic Recreational Service and
- Social and Educational Support Services
Administer Register Ready and Emergency Preparedness Education for People with Disabilities
- OIA works closely with the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency preparedness and to manage Register Ready. This electronic registry is a free, voluntary, and confidential program that will identify those who may need assistance in the event of a disaster or emergency.
- Interested individuals can register or update their information by choosing one of the following options: 1) Logging onto www.registerready.nj.gov; 2) Calling 2-1-1, toll-free; and 3) Contacting the Office of Inclusion and Accessibility at 201-369-5280 ext. 4256.