NJEDA Initiatives & Message

Back 27 March 2020

 I hope all is well and that your children have stopped asking you for help with their algebra assignments.  Please find attached for your review, information from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) on its new initiatives to support businesses impacted by COVID-19.  Additionally, the Department of Human Services has asked us to share this important message with you: 


“During this public health emergency regarding COVID-19, the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing can serve as a resource to help local public health officials, offices of the mayors, county administrators, and others be accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.


In particular, the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing can assist with resources to find qualified American Sign Language interpreters and communication access real-time transcription services for news conference about COVID-19. To assist you, the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing maintains directories of certified sign language interpreters and professionally trained CART providers. All entities can access our directories to ensure the provision of auxiliary aids and services at https://nj.gov/humanservices/ddhh/services/caption/.


When using interpreters, please ensure that the interpreters are placed in a position that is easily captured by the news cameras. During this public health crisis, we want to ensure that all residents, including deaf and hard of hearing individuals have access to critical information that can help us flatten the curve. For further guidance or consultation, please contact Elizabeth Hill, Director, of the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing via email at elizabeth.hill@dhs.nj.gov.”


Thank you as always for your time  and consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 


John G. Donnadio, Esq.

Executive Director

New Jersey Association of Counties

Government Finance Officers Association of New Jersey

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

Telephone (609) 394-3467