PLAN NJ Client Stories Background

 Ellie Byra, Secretary 

“Supporting individuals and families with disabilities has always been a primary concern for me. My sister was born with a developmental disability and lived in a group home. I became an active disability rights advocate when my son Matthew was born. Back then, communities offered no educational or family supports; today there are caring environments in place. My greatest joy is in realizing how far we have come, yet I also recognize the long road ahead for people with disabilities.”

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Master of Arts in Special Education, Southern Connecticut State College
  • Founding member, New Jersey Family Support Act 
  • Boards of Directors: Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Disability Rights New Jersey
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"A Talk With Families"

The stories of three families with loved ones who have disabilities and who use PLAN|NJ's trust administration and care coordination services are told through interviews conducted in their homes by Executive Director Ellen Nalven.


Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey PLAN|NJ
PO Box 547
Somerville, NJ 08876-0547
908-575-8300 (Phone)
908-927-9010 (Fax)


Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities
Association of People Supporting Employment First
Alliance for Pooled Trusts
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Guardianship Association
National PLAN Alliance
Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey


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PLAN|NJ = Lifetime Advocacy for People with Disabilities



PLAN|NJ’s mission is to help family members of people with disabilities answer the question:

“Who will care for my loved one when I'm gone?”

We coordinate the supports needed by individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and challenges with mental health, including people with autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, severe mental illness and more.

Spanish Translation

Si usted habla español y quisiera mas información sobre nuestros servicios o si desea una consulta con PLAN\NJ, por favor comuníquese con
Nancy Dilliplane, Director of Trust Services, para asistencia bilingüe:  908-575-8300, extensión 15