Ocean County Office for Individuals with Disabilties
What is the OFID?
The Ocean County Office for the Disabled works as an information and referral resource for the residents of Ocean County. The Office strives to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities as well as to their friends and family in order to empower them through knowledge. Community resource information both public and private is disseminated to the consumer through the Office. Keeping abreast and apprised of new organizations and programs, and aiding in community awarenes are all responsibilities of the Office. All duties of the Office are aimed at the goal of improving the quality of life for all residents of Ocean County and to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of life.

Areas of Inquiry Include:

  • American's with Disabilities Act
  • Architectural Barriers
  • Counseling Services
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Newsletters
  • Recreation
  • Supplies/Equipment
  • Transportation
  • Legal Help
  • Disabled License Plates
  • LifeLine
  • PAAD Pharmaceutical Assistance
  • Employment
  • Half-Fare
  • Government Agencies
  • Special Needs
  • Housing

Services Include:

Networking - The Office organizes different forums for networking allowing service providers and consumers to exchange information and build strong relationships

Data Collection - The Office maintains statistical information based on the types of consumer calls which it receives. The information is shared with other organizations in order to enhance program planning

Advocacy - The Office provides supportive advocacy and encourages residents to become effective self-advocates. The Office will also refer residents to self-advocacy training programs.

Community Awareness - The Office updates the professional community, the media and the general public in Ocean County on issues related to disabilities. The Office provides public education through awareness activities and programs

D.A.T.E Team - The Disability Awareness Through Education (D.A.T.E) Team provides sensitivity training and education information to local school children, civic organizations and interest groups. This program uses simulation activities to increase understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities.

Resources
Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
NJ Division of Disability Services
Americans With Disabilities Act

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Housing Resource Guide
Accessible Beach Guide
Resource Guide
Brochure
ADA Plan Update 2012
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