Monthly Archives: April 2013

2013 Disability Policy Seminar

The New American Movement for People with Disabilities attended the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. on April 15-17th. This year’s seminar was attended by over 600 advocates, professionals and government employees from across the country, including U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and American Samoa, and drew attention to the significance of health care […]

Elimination of the companion exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to Domestic Service which, if put into effect, will seriously reduce the take-home pay of countless numbers of homecare workers such as I, and make the lives of the people with disabilities we assist less manageable. The changes would […]

Criminal Justice and the I/DD Community: The Most Overlooked Population

On April 18th, 2013, The New American Movement Team attended the New Jersey Equal Justice Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Although the NAMPWD had received a brochure of light information regarding the conference, the overview little prepared us for the complexity of our justice system as it relates to people with intellectual and developmental […]

The Connection Between LGBT and Disability Rights

Although this group may not know it yet, my colleagues and I at the New American Movement are admirers and supporters of Garden State Equality. Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest civil rights organization, is one of many activist groups fighting for equal rights of the LGBT community, such as marriage equality and most recently, […]