The Division of Disability Services (DDS) focuses on serving people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury. Such conditions are also called late-onset disabilities.
However, through its toll free hotline -- 1-888-285-3036 -- the Division also responds to as many as 15,000 requests each year for Information and Referral Assistance on issues affecting people with any type of disability in the State of New Jersey .
As one of its primary services, DDS publishes New Jersey Resources, the most comprehensive guide available about services across New Jersey for people with disabilities. This directory is updated annually.
The Division serves as a single point of entry for people with disabilities who need information and/or services within the human services system. With 33 employees and an operating budget of approximately $350 Million for FY 2010, DDS administers programs that allow people with different types of disabilities to live more independently in the community, and in many cases, avoid the need to move into an institution. These programs include home and community-based service programs, as well as other resource programs:
Brief descriptions of these programs are in the DDS Brochure.