Staycation Guide 2017

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Thinking about keeping your vacation local this summer, or maybe just planning to do some exploring right here where we live? Maybe you’re new to the area, or just haven’t had a chance to get to know what’s in your own backyard? We have information that can help you find fun & family-friendly things to do in South Plainfield and the surrounding area!

The South Plainfield Recreation Department offers summer sports camps, swimming lessons, and a Community Pool. Did you know that South Plainfield’s Spring Lake Park has tennis courts, basketball court, playground, bikeways/walkways, fishing, and free concerts? For other parks and nature preserves in the Central Jersey area, see Middlesex County Parks & Recreation, Union County Parks & Recreation, Somerset County Parks, and Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. In Hillsborough (Somerset County), Duke Farms offers hiking & biking trails, nature & horticulture programs, family activities, and more. The Nature Conservancy in N.J. offers information on nature preserves in the Delaware Bayshores, Pine Barrens, and Skylands regions of New Jersey. To expand your range, see NJ State Parks & Forests. Many parks & recreation departments also offer history & culture events and facilities!

Close to home, East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th- and 19th-century structures, tools and artifacts that help illustrate the farm and merchant communities once found in central New Jersey. For information about this and other historic sites in Middlesex County, visit the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Office. For many additional historic sites, see NJ State Historic Sites & Museums and New Jersey History: Places To Go!.

There some excellent museums within a moderate distance of South Plainfield. The Newark Museum and New Jersey State Museum (Trenton) both feature natural history & science as well as fine art, and each include a planetarium & an auditorium. You can see more fine art at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick and Princeton University Art Museum.

Plays-in-the-Park presents outdoor community theater productions at Roosevelt Park in Edison. Some other theaters in the area offering live theater productions include the Papermill Playhouse (Millburn) and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison).

The Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Series [UPDATED LINK!] in New Brunswick features a mix of music and dance; most performances are free. For many additional arts & culture events and facilities at Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus, including museums and festivals, see Arts & Culture at Rutgers.

The State Theatre in New Brunswick, Union County Arts Center in Rahway, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark offer a variety of professional performing arts shows for adults and children.

Sports Teams in NJ and Visit NJ have information & links on NJ major & minor sports teams & venues, including the Somerset Patriots baseball team in Bridgewater.

Of course, for most of us, summer in NJ wouldn’t be complete without at least one trip to the beach! See VistNJ.org: Beaches in NJ and New Jersey Monthly’s Annual Shore Guide to find the perfect spot and get information about beach fees, facilities, and parking. See NJbeaches.org for beach closings & advisories, and other health & safety information.

More Staycation Resources: Things to Do in New Jersey and Visit NJ have info on theme parks, zoos & aquariums, breweries & wineries, arboretums & gardens, arcades & miniature golf, plus trip ideas and more! MyCentralJersey.com’s Local Events calendar [UPDATED LINK!] includes searchable listings for central N.J. arts & entertainment, food & dining, sports & recreation, and more. Discover Jersey Arts is the hub for what’s going on in NJ’s arts scene, with a event calendar, directory of cultural organizations, and more! FunNewJersey.com, FunNJ.com, and Weird NJ offer lots of additional information on where it’s at in Jersey!

P.S. If you’re traveling by car, don’t forget to check 511NJ.org before you head out, for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions and road closures!

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Webfinder: Green Living

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10 FREE Ways to Go Green provides practical green tips that can easily be introduced into your daily routine (Earth 911; site includes advertisements).

Ask Umbra provides answers to frequently asked questions such as: paper or plastic? cloth or disposable diapers? handwash dishes or use the dishwasher? buy organic food from far away, or non-organic food grown locally? and other common green dilemmas. Plus more helpful advice for living green. (Grist Magazine)

EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator helps you estimate your household’s greenhouse gas emissions, then suggests actions you can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal costs. You’ll find links to related resources at Greener Living page. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

EWG’s Healthy Home Tips are aimed at helping you create a cleaner and greener home that is good for your family and the planet. Printable PDFs cover topics such as personal care products & household cleaners, organic & fresh foods, plastics, tap water, healthy pregnancy, school lunches and more. (Environmental Working Group)

Green American shows you more ways to live better, save more, invest wisely, and make a difference (Green America).

Green Home Guide offers lots of practical advice on greening your home and yard. (U.S. Green Building Council)

Living Green [NEW!] offers practical advice to help you prevent pollution, build healthier communities, and live a more sustainable life (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; some information & resource links are specific to Minnesota).

Metro: Sustainable Living includes good advice on green cleaners, waste prevention, natural gardening, home improvement, and more (Metro Regional Government, Portland, OR; some information & resource links are specific to the Portland region).

Solutions for Your Life: Sustainable Living is an extensive library of links to information about living sustainably, covering energy consumption, families & consumers, lawn & garden care, and more (University of Florida Extension).

Living Green isn’t out of Renters’ Reach suggests low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly. (2010, Los Angeles Times / Washington Post; site includes advertisements).

And be sure to check out our other Green Living and Energy Conservation Webfinders!

Links updated April 2017.

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Webfinder : Green Lawn & Garden

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Bug Review offers descriptions of some common home & garden insect pests, with photographs, habits, potential damage, and non-chemical control recommendations (University of Illinois). Pest Management in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf includes guidelines for monitoring pests, and non-pesticide alternatives for managing pests – including birds, mammals, reptiles, deer, gophers, raccoons, etc. (University of California; some information is specific to California).

Composting for Kids [Link opens a PDF] has good basic instruction in the whys and hows of composting, for kids or adult beginners (Texas Agricultural Extension Service). See also Composting for the Homeowner (University of Illinois Extension) and Grasscycling and Composting Yard Waste (California Integrated Waste Management Board). The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management sells compost bins to Middlesex County residents at a reduced price.

Garden for Wildlife shows how you can landscape your yard to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife (National Wildlife Federation). The Coevolution Institute offers free eco-regional Pollinator Planting Guides to help you make your yard more friendly to birds, bees, butterflies, bats, beetles and other pollinators (non-profit organization). The Butterfly Site has helpful tips and links specifically for attracting butterflies to your garden (site includes advertisements).

Gardening How-Tos is a large collection of helpful articles on gardening techniques and garden design, including Sustainable Gardening, Native Flora, Growing Food, Pollinators & Birds, and Composting (Brooklyn Botanic Gardens).

Greenscaping [Link opens a PDF] explains how you can save time & money and protect the environment by changing your landscape to a GreenScape (2006, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Less Lawn also provides information and inspiration to help you create a more beautiful, low-maintenance, organic, and wildlife-friendly landscape (by author Evelyn J. Hadden). Landscape For Life “shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium” (United States Botanic Garden Conservatory). See also Lawn Pesticide Fact Sheets & Safer Lawn Care (Beyond Pesticides coalition), Rain Gardens (Rutgers), and NJ Fertilizer Law: Answers for Homeowners (Rutgers)

Invasive Plants offers photos, videos, and information to help you identify invasive species in your lawn or garden, with links to additional resources. Also offers similar information on invasive animal and insect pests (USDA).

Tree Planting [Link opens a PDF] – Explains the basics of choosing, planting, and maintaining trees on your property (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service). The SelecTree database will search for specific tree species to match the type of site and desired tree characteristics you specify (Cal Poly State University). And don’t forget to Call Before You Dig!

Water Conservation for Lawn & Landscape [NEW!] – Extensive information on water-conserving landscape design, suitable plant materials, mulch, irrigation, and related topics. (eXtension.org, a partnership of 74 universities in the U.S.)

Links updated April 2017.

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Webfinder: Green Shopping

Buy Recycled Products provides links to online stores and companies that sell clothing, paper, building materials, home furnishings, and other products made with recycled content (N.J. Department of Environmental Protection). See also Recycling NJ: Buy Recycled.

Climate Counts can tell you whether your favorite company is taking steps to prevent global warming (non-profit organization).

EPA’s Sustainable Marketplace [NEW!] aims at helping you choose safer, more environmentally-friendly, and often less costly products & services. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

EWG’s Skin Deep is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. EWG also has similar guides for Household Cleaners, Food, and other products (Environmental Working Group)

Good Stuff is a ‘Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy’ with tips and facts you can use to start making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment. NOTE: Published in 2004, so some material may be outdated. (Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization)

Green America’s Responsible Shopper helps you ‘go green’ when buying a wide range of products & services. (Non-profit membership organization)

Sins of Greenwashing teaches you how to spot false or misleading environmental claims on product labels and in advertisements (TerraChoice Group Inc., part of the Underwriters Laboratories). The Federal Trade Commission explains standards for Green Advertising Claims which are enforced by the FTC, and has additional useful information on Green Products.

ELECTRONICS: EPEAT® [NEW!] is a searchable database of greener electronics. “EPEAT®-registered products meet strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials to product longevity and end-of-life management. EPEAT-registered products offer a reduced environmental impact across their lifecycles.” (Green Electronics Council).

FOOD: To find Places where you can buy or eat locally-grown food, use the Eat Well Guide [enter town & state, NOT zip code] or Local Harvest [results are NOT arranged by distance!] websites. To find farmers’ markets, see the National Farmers Market Directory [NEW!] Click on the Eat Local map to find out what’s in season in your state at different times of the year (Natural Resources Defense Council). How to Read Meat and Dairy Labels defines common label terms such as Certified Organic; Free-Range, Pasture-Raised or Grass-Fed; Certified Humane; Hormone-Free, rBGH-Free, rBST-Free, or No Hormones Added; Dolphin-Safe; Natural; Grain-Fed; and similar terms (Humane Society of the United States). See also What is Organic? [UPDATED LINK! Link opens a PDF] and Organic Labeling [NEW!] (USDA). To find information about sustainable fish & seafood, see Seafood Watch (Monterey Bay Aquarium) or EDF Seafood Selector (Environmental Defense Fund).

GIFTS: So Kind Alternative Gift Registry makes it easier to give and receive non-material, homemade, second-hand, and environmentally-friendly gifts (Center for a New American Dream).

Shopping for Light Bulbs explains the different types of light bulbs now available, and how you can choose the most efficient bulbs that meet your lighting needs.

Links updated April 2017.

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Webfinder : Recycling

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Recycling in South Plainfield provides information for local residents on drop-off and curbside pickup, including yard waste, textiles, motor oil, paint, tires, electronics and more. See also Middlesex County Recycling. The South Plainfield Public Library accepts empty ink and toner cartridges from computer printers or copiers. Our Where to Donate Goods page offers information on local, regional, and national organizations that can make good use of your used goods!

Recycling NJ and Earth 911 and Recycle Nation have lots of useful information on WHAT can & cannot be recycled (including The Great Pizza Box Recycling Mystery!), and on WHERE to recycle what. See also 20 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle (Green America). The Recycling Materials Index is an alphabetical list of product recycling information (N.J. Department of Environmental Protection). Close the loop by buying products with recycled content! See Recycling NJ: Buy Recycled and Recycled Products: The Smart Choice. For basic advice to help you figure out whether a product or package is recyclable, see The Language of Recycling.

Reduce, Reuse, Prevent [UPDATED LINK!] offers tips on reducing all kinds of waste: ‘When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don’t have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later.’ Formerly Reduce.org (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency). Source Reduction [UPDATED LINK!] provides advice and links on reducing yard waste, junk mail, disposables, holiday waste, and more (N.J. Department of Environmental Protection).

E-Cycling Central & related links gives you additional info about where and how to recycle electronic products.

LampRecycle.org tells you where you can recycle Compact Flourescent Light bulbs (CFLs). See also Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs), which includes info on how to handle broken bulbs safely  (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

Proper Disposal of Medicines links explain where and how to get rid of old medications safely.

Links updated April 2017.

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Webfinder: Spring Cleaning

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STEP 1: Clear out the clutter! – The University of Illinois Extension Service offers practical advice on sorting, organizing, storing, and getting rid of stuff. You’ll find more clutter-busting tips at Live Simple: Rule Your Stuff and Surprising Strategies for Finally Organizing Your Space.

STEP 2: Where to Donate Goods – If you’re doing spring cleaning, you may find things to get rid of that are too good for the trash. What to do with them? Our ‘Where to Donate Goods’ page can help!

STEP 3: Resell that stuff! – Thinking about having a yard sale to get rid of some of that extra stuff? Download the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Reseller’s Guide to screen for hazardous products that should go in the trash instead!

STEP 4: Safeguard your Personal Data – Getting rid of old financial/legal documents, as well as old electronics that may contain sensitive information, can be an important STEP of de-cluttering. But it can also pose a risk to your personal data. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse offers practical advice on how to do it safely! A Pack Rat’s Guide to Shredding includes a printable graphic you can keep near your shredder as a handy guide (2015, Federal Trade Commission).

STEP 5: Recycle! – After you’ve removed all your personal data from unwanted electronic items, what are you going to do with them? If they’re too old or aren’t working, you can e-cycle them! The South Plainfield Consumer Electronics Recycling Drop-off Program accepts televisions, computers and peripherals at the Recycling Center from residents. Included in this program are: computers (desktop and laptop), monitors, televisions, cell phones, copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, keyboards, MP3 players, modems, mouses, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, scanners, stereo and radio equipment, telephones, VCRs, and any products that contain rechargeable batteries. Click here for more recycling links.

STEP 6: Safe Disposal of Old Medicine – Did you find unneeded and/or expired medicines in your medicine cabinet? It’s NOT a good idea to put them in the trash or flush them down the toilet! Instead, follow these instructions for safe disposal: NJ Project Medicine Drop and FDA Consumer Update: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.

STEP 7: Appraise Old Paintings, Antiques, & Collectibles – Did you find any old paintings, antique objects, or possible collectibles while you were clearing out the attic? Want to find out more about them? The Smithsonian American Art Museum offer some tips and resources to help you. See also PBS’s Antiques Road Show.

STEP 8: Clear Out the Fridge – Kitchen shelves full of old cans? Old food in your fridge/freezer? How do you know what to keep and what to toss? FoodSafety.gov has advice for you. Here are some helpful guides you can print out to keep handy: FDA 1-page Food Storage Chart [PDF], NDSU Food Storage Guide with Chart [PDF], OhioLine Pantry Food Storage Guide with Chart.

STEP 9: *THE REALLY ICKY STUFF* – The U.S. EPA provides extensive help on dealing with Mold, Moisture, and Your Home. More icky stuff? Here’s some information on Bedbugs and Other pests.

STEP 10: Let the (Green) Cleaning Begin – Once the clutter’s finally gone (well… reduced?) it’s time to start cleaning! Oregon Metro offers these tips for eco-friendly non-toxic cleaning. See also: Rodale’s 8 Must-Haves for a Nontoxic Cleaning Kit and Rodale’s Spring Clean your Kitchen. For information on cleaning products, see Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning [NEW!] and EPA Safer Choice [NEW!].

STEP 11: Stain Solutions – For tougher cleaning problems, the University of Illinois Extension has lots of good advice! The FabricLink Fabric Care Center offers stain removal guides, laundry tips, information about fabric labels & laundry products, and related resources.

STEP 12: Caring for your Treasures [UPDATED LINK!] – Heritage Preservation has a wealth of information on caring for family heirlooms, keepsakes, and other heritage objects. See also : CCI Caring for Objects and ICON Caring for your Collection.

STEP 13: Don’t Forget those Electronics! – This 2013 piece from Lifehacker gives you the 411 on how to clean up your computer and electronic gadgets.

Revised April 2017

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Webfinder: Needlework

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Stitch Guide (Annie’s Crafts) – Online lessons in knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, beading, and more, plus A-Z stitch guides.

Craft Yarn Council Learning Center – Lessons in the basics of crochet and knitting.

Knitty.com – Free knitting patterns and instructions for sweaters, hats, scarves, accessories, and more. The TECHknitter blog offers lots of helpful knitting tips & tricks.

Lionbrand.com [UPDATED LINK!] – Online classes, free patterns, video library, FAQ’s for crochet & knitting, and more!

Allcrafts.net – Links to free patterns for sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting, holiday crafts and more.

AllPeopleQuilt.com – Inspiration, education, and motivation to passionate quilting enthusiasts of all skill levels. Includes free quilt patterns and how-to videos.

Fons and Porter – Quilting magazine website, free patterns, education, blog and more. [NOTE: Registration required for full access.]

Quilters Cache – Great site for anyone who is interested in quilting and patterns; includes patterns, lessons, photo gallery. Scroll down to the drop-down menu to navigate.

Sewing.org (The Home Sewing Association) – Free sewing projects, patterns, learn-to-sew articles, SEW-lutions Guidelines, sewing & craft tips, bridal sewing, crafts for kids and more. The 4-H Sewing Library offers sewing projects (and related links) suitable for young people (grades 3 – 12) or other beginners.

Ravelry.com – Patterns, yarn, forums for help, shops, library, tips. [NOTE: Registration required for access.]

Updated 2017.

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Webfinder: Auto Repair

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PLEASE NOTE: Chilton Automotive Service Library has been discontinued due to insufficient use.

Aging Drivers – Links to helpful advice for older drivers and their families or caregivers.

AAA Car Care Tips – A collection of free printable car care brochures, with links to related resources. (American Automobile Association)

Auto Repair & Maintenance For Dummies – A library of free, well-illustrated how-to articles & videos, from the publishers of the popular For Dummies how-to book series. (Site includes advertisements)

Battery Maintenance – Explains how to perform routine maintenance on your car battery, with clear illustrations. See also Troubleshooting a Car That Won’t Start (from the publishers of the For Dummies how-to books; site includes advertisements). Got a dead battery? Car Talk provides a printable illustrated guide to Jump-Starting Your Car (site includes advertisements).

Car Care  – Advice on keeping your vehicle in top condition, along with DIY tips, and more. (Car Care Council / Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association)

Car safety ratings [NEW!]  – Results of crash tests on new cars, plus info on   Shopping for a safer car [NEW!] and related topics (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). See also SaferCar.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Car Talk  – Website for America’s funniest auto mechanics from the popular public radio talk show – ‘the Marx Brothers meet Mr. Goodwrench.’ Model previews, discussions, columns, surveys, and lots of humor. You can subscribe to the ‘Best of Car Talk’ podcast or listen to the show online, too (free). (NPR; site includes advertisements)

Gas Mileage Tips  – Advice on how to your car in shape to save gas – and money (U.S. EPA / Department of Energy). See also Consumer Reports Fuel Economy Guide [UPDATED LINK!] (some articles only available to subscribers), Saving Money on Gas [UPDATED LINK!] (FTC), and Drive Green, Save Green [NEW!] (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).

Lemon Law (N.J.) – Stuck with a lemon? Find out what your rights are in NJ, and what remedies are available to you (N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs). BBB Auto Line Dispute Resolution Program offers a free online vehicle complaint form covering more than 2 dozen auto manufacturers, and includes links to lemon laws in all states (Better Business Bureau).

NIASE – The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence website provides Car Care Tips, Glove Box Tips, and a directory of certified repair shops.

Tires [UPDATED LINK!] – Advice on maintaining your tires for maximum safety, plus information on tire ratings and labeling (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). See also How To Handle Tire Blow Outs (National Safety Commission).

Winter Driving Tips (Car Talk) – ‘Tips to get ready for the snow and sleet-covered roads and dipstick-freezing temperatures.’ (NPR; site includes advertisements). See also AAA Winter Car Care Checklist. See also Winter Driving (State of New Jersey).

Links updated March 2017.

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Webfinder: People with Disabilities

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Disability.gov is no longer available. Many of these resources, covering benefits, civil rights, community life, education, and employment, are now linked at the U.S. Department of Labor [NEW!]. See also Federal ADA and Disability Resources [NEW!], Disability Assistance [NEW!], and Disability Benefits Q&A [NEW!]. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Home Page includes an introduction to the ADA, plus design standards, business requirements, links to other Federal Agencies with ADA responsibilities, and more (U.S. Department of Justice). The N.J. Division of Disability Services primarily serves people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury, but also has a toll free hotline (1-888-285-3036) providing information and referral assistance for people with any type of disability.

Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7. Specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE : 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

Accessible Housing Resources – A listing of information sources relating to Accessible Homes and Universal Design, including web resources, products, and manufacturers & distributors. Part of AbleData, a comprehensive database for information on “products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.” Includes New Jersey Resources & Organizations [NEW!] (Maintained for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Dept. of Education by New Editions Consulting)

Assistance Animals for the Disabled – See Service Animal Basics and related links.

Deafness Information [UPDATED LINK!] – Information & resources related to deaf and hard of hearing children from birth through age 21. Covers topics such as ASL, assistive technology, deaf culture, deaf education, early intervention, interpreting, literacy, multicultural considerations, transition beyond secondary education, and more. (Gallaudet University)

Disability etiquette – See Friends with Disabilities and related links.

Disability Resources [NEW!] [Link opens a PDF] – Links to national websites offering helpful disability resources covering advocacy, behavioral health, education, family support, rehab & employment, and other topics (2015, The Branch Military Parent Technical Assistance Center). See also UCP Disability Resources (United Cerebral Palsy). Disability Information & Resources is an extensive directory of websites offering information on topics ranging from all kinds of disability-related products & services (assistive devices, medical supplies, clothing, etc.) to health, political, and legal issues. [EXPECT SOME BROKEN LINKS] (by Jim Lubin; site includes advertisements).

Disability Rights New Jersey – Provides free services to eligible New Jersey citizens with disabilities. Services include information & referral, technical assistance & training, legal & non-legal advocacy, and outreach & education. (Non-profit organization)

Disaster Preparation for Individuals with Disabilities – People with disabilities often need additional time and assistance to prepare for a disaster. This page provides some quick, practical advice, with links to more in-depth information and guidance, including NJ Register Ready, a free and confidential program which allows residents with special needs to register with emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better serve them in an emergency (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management). The Red Cross offers a free booklet you can download and print, Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (American Red Cross, Department of Homeland Security and FEMA). For more general resources on dealing with disasters, see our Disasters Webfinder.

Employment Info – See U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources. For additional resources, see South Plainfield Public Library’s DIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT links and EMPLOYMENT LAW, HEALTH, & SAFETY links.

Library Services for People with Disabilities – See BOOKS & READING links for people with special needs. Locally, the South Plainfield Public Library offers audio books, large print books, and homebound delivery. Call us at (908) 754-7885 for more information.

National Center on Workforce and Disability – Fact sheets on many Specific Disabilities, with links to related resources.

National Council on Independent Living – Selected links to organizations, agencies, and other resources for the disabled and their families.

National Federation of the Blind – A directory of resources for living, working, learning, and recreation, plus information about vision loss, state & local organizations, publications, and products & technology.

N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission: Wheelchair Symbol Plates and Persons with a Disability Placards [UPDATED LINK!] – Information on how to obtain special parking privileges in New Jersey if you are temporarily or permanently disabled. (N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission)

Parent Center Hub: Disabilities Fact Sheets – Information about the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays and rare disorders (Center for Parent Information and Resources, formerly National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities). See PARENTING: Special Needs Children for more links to selected resources for parents of children with disabilities. (South Plainfield Public Library)

Physical Activity and Disability – General fitness advice for those with disabilities or chronic illness – use the menu on the right to navigate. Click on Articles for more resources on sports, exercise, nutrition, fun & leisure, and more, including advice for specific disabilities (University of Illinois). Disabled Sports USA offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability, plus regional chapters, online magazine, info on dozens of specific Adaptive Sports from Archery to Yoga, and more. See also Paralympic Games and Special Olympics.

Rehabilitation Information  – Links to agencies, organizations, and online resources for treatment, benefits, and services; organized by subject. (National Rehabilitation Information Center)

Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center – Links to a wide range of information covering health, assistive technology, employment, legal issues & services, relationships, and more. Also offers links to state and local resources. (National Spinal Cord Injury Association; site includes advertisements)

Starting a Business for People with Disabilities [NEW!] – Resources to help people with disabilities start, grow and manage a small business (U.S. Small Business Administration). For general resources on starting a business, see Useful Websites: BUSINESS.

Traveling with Disabilities – ‘Preparing for your trip in advance will help to ensure that your travel is accessible, safe, and enjoyable. Each country has its own standards of accessibility for travelers with disabilities, and many countries do not require accommodations similar to what you might find in the United States.’ This page provides guidance to help you review your needs and conduct necessary research before you travel (U.S. State Department). Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions provides information on security regulations which apply to traveling with medications and medical equipment (U.S. Transportation Security Administration). Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality has an assortment of resources and articles on travel for people with disabilities. Use the menu on the left to navigate the site. Includes links to access information for major airlines [EXPECT SOME BROKEN LINKS]. Have Disabilities, Will Travel is a collection of articles and online resources for traveling with disabilities. By Candy Harrington, author of Barrier Free Travel and editor of Emerging Horizons magazine, ‘travel information for wheelchair users and slow walkers.’

See also:
EMPLOYMENT LAW, HEALTH, & SAFETY
PARENTING & FAMILY: Special Needs Children
Webfinders: Learning Disabilities

Links updated February 2017.

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Webfinder: Kids’ Sports & Coaching

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Coaching Boys Into Men – Aimed at helping coaches to reduce disrespectful or dangerous attitudes and behaviors toward women, this site offers coaching tips, advice and useful anecdotes from great coaches and players. NOTE: The coaches’ kit and related materials are free to download, but you must go through a checkout process and provide your name, address, & email to get them. (Family Violence Prevention Fund; non-profit organization)

Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it Cool – Sometimes the pressure to succeed on the field or in the court can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help your child keep things in perspective. There are related pages for Kids and Teens. (Nemours Foundation)

Concussions in Sports – Information for coaches, athletes, and parents on how to prevent and recognize concussions. See also Heads Up – Learn About Concussions. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Eating for Sports – Basic sports nutrition advice for kids & teens. (Nemours Foundation)

Injury Prevention for Parents: Sports & Recreation – Parents can help prevent serious sports- and recreation-related injuries by supervising their children at play, learning proper coaching techniques and making sure kids always wear proper safety equipment. These safety tips can help you keep your kids safe both on the playing field and off (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC). See also Kids’ Sports Safety (MUSC Children’s Hospital).

Little League Baseball & Softball – The official site for Little League Baseball & Softball offers tips and resources for parents, coaches, players, and others involved in the sport. Includes a Challenger Division for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges. See also Pop Warner Youth Football & Cheerleading, and U.S. Youth Soccer.

MomsTeam™ – Practical advice on youth sports parenting from a team of experts, professionals and sponsors. ‘Dedicated to making sure that youth sports is safe, affordable, stress free and more fun!’ (Formerly Youth Sports Parents; site includes advertisements)

Physical Activity and Disability – General fitness advice for those with disabilities or chronic illness – use the menu on the right to navigate. Click on Articles for more resources on sports, exercise, nutrition, fun & leisure, and more, including advice for specific disabilities (University of Illinois). Disabled Sports USA offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability, plus regional chapters, online magazine, info on dozens of specific Adaptive Sports from Archery to Yoga, and more. See also Paralympic Games and Special Olympics.

Play Positive™ / Responsible Sports [UPDATED LINK!] – Videos offering helpful advice and information for parents & coaches, designed to encourage good sportsmanship and build character. (Liberty Mutual Insurance and partners; hosted on YouTube)

Sport Psychology – Short articles and links on applied sport psychology, with separate sections for athletes, parents, coaches, & psychologists, plus sections on health & fitness and injury & rehabilitation. (Association for Applied Sport Psychology)

Sports Medicine Center for Parents – Tips on everything from finding the best sport for your kids to preventing and handling injuries. (Nemours Foundation)

Steroid Abuse [UPDATED LINK!] – Resources and publications about the dangers of steroid use. See also Drug Facts for Teens: Anabolic Steroids. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Streetplay [Archived page; some media features may not work.] – Organized team sports not what you had in mind? This website is dedicated to informal street games such as handball, stickball, stoopball, hopscotch, jumprope, marbles, and others. Includes how-tos and more. See also International Kids’ Games. (These sites include advertisements)

Links updated February 2017.

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