Advancing Opportunities, Inc.

All Disabilities. Many Services. One Agency.

aka Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, Inc.   |   Ewing, NJ   |  www.advopps.org

Mission

Advancing Opportunities enhances the lives of people with all disabilities and enables full participation in society through advocacy, direct services and education.

Ruling year info

1953

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jack Mudge

Main address

1005 Whitehead Road Extension Suite 1

Ewing, NJ 08638 USA

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EIN

22-1550592

NTEE code info

Birth Defects (G20)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Assistive Technology Services

The Assistive Technology Services Department helps people with disabilities and their families identify the technology that will be most effective in helping them meet their goals. The ATS team also provides training to ensure the person using the technology and those who are supporting him or her are using the tools or devices properly and efficiently. The ATS team works with teachers and employers, training them on what is possible with assistive technology. The team maintains a Technology Lending Center where people can review different devices and tools online and then borrow them for a period of six weeks. The TLC Coordinator provides technical support and can help an individual or family locate a device for purchase once it’s been determined it will be effective. The team maintains a website: www.assistivetechnologycenter.org.

Population(s) Served

The agency provides residential programs so people with disabilities can live as independently as they are able in the communities and homes they choose.

Advancing Opportunities offers supported living and supervised apartment options for men and women with developmental disabilities. The agency offers the following:

The opportunity to live alone or with other individuals
24-hour emergency on-call system
Many locations throughout New Jersey
Customized supports based on an individual’s needs and preferences

Population(s) Served

Advancing Opportunities is dedicated to building a more diverse workforce. We serve individuals with all types of disabilities who want to participate in the workforce. Our Career Development Specialists take a person-centered approach with the men and women they serve; we help formulate career goals and develop plans for achieving them. Placements are based on an individual’s interests and abilities. Services include:

Pre-placement—Résumé building, networking, job development, interview skills
Intensive coaching—On-site training, off-site supports, management relations
Long-term follow along—Ongoing general support, training on new tasks, employer relations
Other—Vocational evaluations, transition support, transportation training.

Population(s) Served

Advancing Opportunities understands the additional responsibilities inherent in caring for a family member with a disability. The agency provides several different options for respite care to give caregivers a break. We offer in-home services to families and our staff can provide assistance with activities of daily living an in-home recreation.

We also offer weekly Community-Based Drop-Off Programs offered in groups with age appropriate peers. Participants enjoy a variety of different activities, including:

Going the movies
Attending local theater or sporting events
Game and craft nights and theme parties
Bowling and skating activities.

The agency also provides one-to-one supports for camp.

Population(s) Served

Advancing Opportunities provides a wide range of supports to people with all types of disabilities, including Employment/Day Services and Individual/Family Support Services. We can help men and women reach the goals outlined in their Individual Service Plan.

Our team can provide community-based supports, community inclusion services, day habilitation services and individual supports.

Population(s) Served

Advancing Opportunities provides a one-on-one individualized service to help parents navigate the complex maze that is special education. Using your child’s strengths and interests, a special education advocate will help design an advocacy campaign to meet his or her needs and ensure a free and appropriate education is provided. To accomplish this, an advocate will partner with a parent to engage in the following activities:

-- Act as a guide through the evaluation process
-- Monitor progress
-- Provide technical assistance for filing complaint investigations through the New Jersey Department of Education
-- Assist with mediation
-- Provide information on services, modifications, and technology the district may not be aware of or share with a parent
-- Obtain outcome-oriented transitional services, according to IDEA guidelines
-- Attend IEP meetings
-- Perform strategic planning
-- Write letters

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

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Financials

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Advancing Opportunities, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Bartolomei

Hill, Barth & King LLC

Michael Yarrow

WithumSmith+Brown

Kenneth Giacin

StemCyte

Michael Rothwell

Pennington Quality Market

Michael Lettiere

Lear & Pannepacker, LLP

Christian Patterson

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Angelina Duggan

Greg Kay

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Warren Kelemen

Paul Maselli

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Jim Nesbitt

Floyd Carl

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Erin Klebaur

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Robert Rusciano

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No