NJ CRID Logo BlockThe NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities is dedicated to the statewide development and implementation of recreation and leisure services for people with disabilities. In 2012, the Commission became an independent non-profit organization, working closely with the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association.

Latest Regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The latest regulation for Section 503 provided a seven percent goal for employment of people with disabilities.

Recreation Guidelines published supplementing ADA Accessibility Guidelines
The Americans with Disabilities Act provided people with disabilities equal treatment and equal access to employment and to public transportation. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, places of public accommodation, transportation, and telecommunication services.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Civil Rights Restoration Act required recipients of federal funds to comply with all federal agencies accessibility standards.

Civil Rights Restoration Act
“Minimum Guidelines and Requirements for Accessible Design” were issued in 1982 by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.  The Air Carriers Act of 1986 gave people with disabilities the right to air travel.

Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) adopted
The first Governor’s Conference on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities was held in March of 1980.

Special Needs Performing Arts1980
New Jersey Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
NJ CRID was established in 1980 in the NJ Department of Community Affairs within the NJ Office of Community Recreation for Persons with Disabilities.

Federal funds available for independent living services
The Office of Community Recreation for Persons with Disabilities was established within the NJ Department of Community Affairs through a federal grant from the US Department of Education.   Eileen Acker was the first Director, followed by Jacqui Stanley in 1977.  Bobbi Bach Freedman was on staff from 1977 to 1981, and Drue Kale was on staff from 1979 through 2001.

Speaking for Individuals with Disabilities1976
Office of Community Recreation for Persons with Disabilities
Education Act of 1975 provided public education access for children with disabilities, mandating inclusion into mainstream classes under the least restrictive environment.  (1990 renamed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – IDEA)

Education for All Handicapped Children Act
Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act established the Architectural and Transportation Board (ATBCB) mandating equal access to public services and mandating access to public transportation.

Celebrating With Friends1973 Rehabilitation Act
Protecting civil rights of people with disabilities
During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, disability advocates sought equal access and opportunities for people with disabilities.  They sought the elimination of both physical and social barriers.

Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)
The National Commission on Architectural Barriers  concluded that issues with building access were a barrier to employment.

Playing Golf1965 Rehabilitation Act
National Commission on Architectural Barriers
While programs were available to assist people in becoming more self-sufficient, building access, public transportation, and employment were still issues.

Amendment included training for people with intellectual disabilities
After World War II, rehabilitation and vocational training for veterans increased through amendments to the Rehabilitation Act in 1943, 1954, and 1965.

The Smith-Fess Vocational Rehabilitation Act
Prior to World War I, people with disabilities were considered unfit and unable to contribute to society, kept out of site, and put into institutions.