October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. According to the latest statistics, 79% of persons with disabilities are either unemployed or underemployed. The reasons are many and varied, but let’s bring it down to a personal level, so we can all understand what it means for a disabled person to have a job, especially a […]

Twice in the last month, Wendy English has been in the news. Articles in both The Record and The Star-Ledger have detailed Ms. English’s struggle as she prepares to change developmental centers from Woodbridge to New Lisbon. Ms. English is a highly-functional person with both physical and psychological disabilities. In many ways, her story is […]

Time for a New I.D.E.A. By Ed Heaton Recently, I came across a program called “The Inclusive Schools Climate Change Initiative” (ISCI).  This program (more about it later), developed by the Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers, led me down the rabbit hole of the I.D.E.A. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was passed by […]

For a long time People with disabilities were shunned  away for their differences. Life with  a disability is hard even harder when being made fun of. The simple things a lot of people take for granted are harder for someone with a disability. For example walking, talking, bathing and eating are some. When I was […]

In a recent news article I read that the abandoned historic main building at the closed Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany is set to be demolished in the beginning of 2014. The 678,000-square-foot Kirk bride building constructed in 1876 and closed in 2008. Instead of being closed, the building should be restored to its […]

And You Think Institutions are Great” A report was released by the Department of Justice exposing human rights violations, abuse and neglect in New Lisbon and Woodbridge Developmental Centers. To the individuals who are devastated over the developmental center closures, I ask you to please consider the following: North Jersey Developmental Center and Woodbridge Developmental […]

Independent funding for self advocacy groups is a must so that self advocates can make their own decisions. Independent funding gives them the freedom and choice of how and what their funds should be used for to advance their advocacy group without having their provider or other agencies hold the funding for them decide how […]