Office of Disability Services
Contact: Kathy Massey
98 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
Office of Disability Services Email Address:
Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to become self-advocates and to live independently in the community.
The Office of Disability Services maintains a confidential mailing list to contact those who might benefit from our services. If you know of someone (including yourself) who might benefit from our services, please help us by providing your name, address and phone number.
Advisory Council Office for Disability Services
98 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
Frank Hentz Chairperson
Brenda O’Donald, Vice Chairperson
Carey Bergholz, Secretary
David Downs, Sr.
Rita Shade, Director
Robert J. Vanderslice, Freeholder Liaison
Meetings: Held first Tuesday, Bi-Monthly (odd months), 4:30 p.m. Conference Room, 110 Fifth Street
Outside Links of interest:
The Office of Disability Services serves an advocacy role to provide the public with information and service referrals. Contact 856-935-7510 X8311.
Some of the services offered are:
Personal Assistance Program (PASP)
- Provides adults with physical disabilities opportunities to work, attend school or vocational training and live independently in the community.
- You may be eligible for PASP if you are:
- A New Jersey resident;
- physically disabled;
- between the ages of 18 and 65;
- living in the community (private home, apartment, boarding or group home); and
- capable of directing and supervising your own services.
- helps families of disabled persons procure a ramp for home access.
- Ramps, Accessibility, and Mobility Program Guidelines:
- The RAMP program consists of an application process.
- A resident family member of the disabled person requiring the ramp must own the dwelling unit.
- The family financial statements must meet federal poverty level guidelines.
Special Needs Registry
- Used by first responders (Police, Fire, Sheriff Officers, Emergency Medical Services, Health Department Personnel, and if necessary, the Army National Guard) to assist in relocating our residents prior to an emergency situation. The Special Needs Registry is free, strictly confidential, and completely voluntary.
- You are eligible if you have no place to go during an emergency and have a disability covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act or require additional assistance due to the following conditions:
- History of stroke
- Hearing, vision, or speech impaired
- Frail elderly
- Walking limitation
- Severe breathing problem
- Wheelchair, cane, or walker user
- Heart problem
- Mentally challenged
- works in conjunction with the Salem County Sheriff’s Office to protect wandering patients and give peace of mind to caregivers, families and communities.
- is an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders such as Down syndrome and Autism.
- forms partnerships with local law enforcement and public safety organizations to deploy specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.
- Notary Services
- Durable Equipment Loan Bank
Guidance on issues such as:
Please call the Office of Disability Services at (856) 935-7510 Ext. 8311 for more information on any of these services.
“What is relay?”
Relay is a free, government regulated service designed to make it easy for people with hearing loss or speech disabilities to place phone calls.
“How Relay Works”
The relay user initiates a call by typing the phone number they would like to dial into a box on our web site. When they click “Begin Relay Call,” that number is transferred to an operator who dials the number and connects the call. The relay user types their side of the conversation, while the operator reads it aloud to the called party. When the called party responds, the operator types their spoken words for the relay user, enabling them to read the spoken side of the conversation.
Relay calls are free to the caller and the called party.
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