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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: Enable was founded to enable individuals with disabilities to live full and independent lives within the community.

Target demographics: Enable assists persons who have permanent or chronic disabilities. The disability may be physical or cognitive and it causes difficulties with communication, self-care, mobility or the ability to live independently. There are no age restrictions for services. We support individuals of all ages. However, some services have restrictions because of the type of funding received to support the service. Since we receive funds from the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), some services are limited to persons eligible for DDD services. For DDD, the physical or mental impairment must be apparent before age 22 and be lifelong. This includes conditions such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, autism and other neurological impairments. Special funding through the United Way of Greater Mercer County particularly allows Enable to assist persons who are elderly and those whose disability may be the result of an injury or of a medical condition such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or other debilitating illness. Enable does not provider service to persons whose primary disability is mental illness or substance abuse.

Programs: Our Services In-Home Services offer an individual help with cooking, shopping, errands, transportation, laundry and personal care in a person’s own home. Residential services through group homes and apartments in central NJ provide a home and supportive services by staff including 24-hour help. Accessibility Services result in home modifications such as ramps, wider doors, and stairglides that allow individuals to continue to live in their own home. Day Program and Day Supports allow individuals to choose day time activities that explore interests, skills and may involve volunteer and paid work. Respite Care, relief to family members who give round-the-clock care, is provided in a variety of forms, in-home or out-of-home. Care Management for persons who may have disabilities due to aging or illness, connects persons with a variety of services. Family Support Stipends are overseen by Enable for 200 families who receive State funds for equipment, assistive technology, summer camp or respite care.

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