“Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn & Grow”

Family Support


Wang0846Durand’s Family Support Services provides assistance to families caring for a loved one with a developmental disability. All referrals for assistance come from the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities and Department of Children and Families. Family support programs include:

Respite Services
Respite Services give family members time off from care giving. Durand provides a trained worker or pays for hiring a friend, neighbor or family member to provide care.

Community Based Supports Program
Durand provides direct support for DDD consumers to achieve increased independence, productivity, enhanced family functioning and inclusion in the community according to his/her Service Plan.

Information and Referrals
Information and Referrals link parents to resources that can provide all kinds of assistance to individuals with disabilities. Durand staff will also help families identify and navigate relevant government programs.

Advocacy links families and agency staff to workshops, seminars, and forums on specialized topics. Durand also sponsors and organizes these events. Staff participates in advocacy organizations serving people with learning disabilities.

Useful Links for Families Affected by a Developmental/Intellectual Disability

Autism, Epilepsy & Seizures: How to Recognize the Signs and Basic First Aid When You Do
fiddle-foundThe Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJF) has produced and released as a public service, an informational brochure entitled, Autism, Epilepsy & Seizures: How to Recognize the Signs and Basic First Aid When You Do, that specifically focuses on Autism, Epilepsy and the Co-Condition as well as how to recognize seizures and basic first aid that is recommended by the Epilepsy Foundation. The brochure was collaborative effort with DJF Advisory Board Member and renowned child and adolescent neurologist, Dr. Ruth Nass who practices at the NYU Child Study Center at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey and Autism Family Services of New Jersey.

The complete brochure that includes a fold-open chart to be displayed in community settings can be downloaded, reproduced and read free of charge by clicking the image on the left or by visiting The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation as well as the websites of the brochure’s collaborators and other autism organizations including Autism Speaks, OAR and SAARC.

“It is our hope that this informational brochure will create awareness among those affected by Autism and the community at large about the prevalence of this co-condition and will offer a starting point for further inquiry with one’s physician”, said Linda Walder Fiddle, Executive Director of DJF. “We want first responders, classroom teachers, service providers and families to use the informational fold-out chart that describes different types of seizures and what to do if one occurs,” added Dr. Nass “and hopefully this will help them to identify a potential seizure and even better, help save someone’s life.”

The Division of Developmental Disabilities
As part of its services provision, DDD offers case management , residential services , and various family support services that help both people with developmental disabilities and their families. DDD services also include the provision of day programs, which help the consumer develop vocational skills and learn how to use community resources; supported employment services. http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/home/

New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The mission of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is to enable individuals with disabilities to achieve employment outcomes consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/services/vocation/

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. Wrightslaw includes thousands of articles, cases, and free resources on dozens of special education topics. http://wrightslaw.com

Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Rights New Jersey is the consumer-directed, non-profit organization that serves as New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in the state. NJP&A provides information and referral and a broad range of advocacy services, including legal representation in numerous cases in state and federal courts. http://www.drnj.org/

Regional Family Support Council #7 and the Family Support Coalition of NJ
Both organizations are advocacy networks made up of families of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provider agencies throughout the state.

Autism New Jersey
The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC) is a nonprofit agency providing information and advocacy, services, family and professional education, and consultation to New Jersey’s autism community. https://www.autismnj.org/

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, values uniqueness and individuality and promotes the self-determination and full participation of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life.

As a catalyst and resource, The Boggs Center, through partnerships and collaborations, builds capacity in organizations, systems, and communities in a culturally competent manner. The Boggs Center prepares students through interdisciplinary programs, provides community training and technical assistance, conducts research, and disseminates information and educational materials. http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/departments_institutes/boggscenter/

Parents of Autistic Children Together (PACT)
Parents of Autistic Children Together is a support group for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders including Autism, Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PPD/NOS), Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, Laundau Kleffner Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. PACT is the Southwest New Jersey Chapter of the Autism Society of America (ASA Chapter #532 ).http://www.solvingthepuzzle.com

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder. https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/