Monthly Archives: March 2013

A response to the tragedy of Robert Ethan Saylor by Dante Chrystal

The death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome, is a case worth examining for advocates. It makes me upset to see how a man who worshipped law enforcement would later die at the hands of the people he admired. Verbally and physically restraining a person to coerce them out of a movie […]

End the Debate on Institutions Once and for All

Senate Bill 2596 cleared the Senate Human Services and Senior Citizens committee with “little opposition” as reported by State Street Wire. S2596 proposes that each region — north, central, west and south — maintain one operational developmental center and that “certain factors” be considered before residents are transferred between centers. The bill came after Senator […]

A Commitment to Integration

Community provider agencies for people with developmental disabilities are based on the principle of ensuring meaningful and effective integration into the community. In order to prepare for the closure of Woodbridge and North Jersey developmental centers, the Department of Human Services has pledged to assist families in finding the most appropriate setting in the community […]

A Perspective from the Poor

The controversy and court hearings surrounding the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) betray the low-income individuals and families of New Jersey. Since the establishment of the Mount Laurel precedent (both I and II) and the declaration of the Fair Housing Act, New Jersey municipalities have fought the standard tooth and nail. Despite government’s best efforts […]