Human Services – Outreach and Advocacy

About the Office

Manuel Ramirez, Coordinator
Phone: 908-527-4781
Organizationally under the Department of Human Services, Division of Outreach and Advocacy


  • To provide recreational and social opportunities for residents living with special needs including physical, cognitive and developmental challenges;
  • To provide outreach to community groups and organizations to identify needs and interests of persons and families living with special needs as an opportunity to design effective programs;
  • To develop additional resources to fund programs targeting engagement of persons living with special needs;
  • To identify and implement an effective means of communication to educate community residents on programs and social events available such as yoga, ceramics, zumba, cooking, golf, swimming, sensory friendly theatre shows, a carnival and a barn dance.

Recreation Programs

Register online these programs

Clark Recreation Center. Clark
Thursdays August 23 – September 20

Sensory Friendly Trail
Mondays, September 10 – October 8, 5pm – 6pm

Gregorio Center, Linden
Tuesdays, September 18 & 25

Karate Program
​Special Needs Karate Program will begin this Thursday August 23rd at the Clark Recreation Center. Classes for ages 5-15 will begin at 7pm to 7:45pm and classes for ages 16 and up will begin at 8:00 to 8:45pm. The Karate Program is a 5 week program

Special Events

Register online these events

Carnival for People with Special Needs
Warinanco Sports Center, Roselle
Saturday, August 18, , 12pm – 3pm

Fall Fishing Derby
Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
Saturday, September 22, 10am – 1pm

Hotel Transylvania 3
August 4, 2018 10:30am 
AMC Loews Jersey Gardens 20, 651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth
$5.00 With Food Voucher
Registration is Required


Walking Club for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs
Children with special needs can join a local Girl Scout working toward her Gold Award for six Saturday morning walks throughout the summer from 9 – 11 a.m. The walks will be held on July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25 and September 1 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark and on September 15 at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. The walks are free and drop-off only to provide respite for caregivers. Participants aged 13 – 21 are welcome to attend any or all dates. Register

The Department of Human Service’s Office for the Disabled provides information and referral on a wide variety of topics, including: Accessibility, ADA, Education, Employment, Housing, Transportation, Rehabilitation and more.

For further information, please call the Office for the Disabled
Monday through Friday (8:30am – 4:30pm)
908-527-4845 TTY please dial 711

* Program (if marked *) is made possible by funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program.

** Program (if marked **) is made possible by funding from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, through a Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Grant.