Monthly Archives: August 2013

My Voice by Ashley Lasanta

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 […]

Preserving History For Our Future Generations

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…

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-Advocates is needed NOW!

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 […]

Advocate of the Month: August 2013

Jared Carsons Jared is an outstanding advocate. Jared has been with the agency for 4 short months residing in Elizabeth, NJ. Within his short time in CAU he has been attending groups, meetings, and trips with remarkable interest in advocacy while learning about the many different services that help people with disabilities and how cuts […]

Guest Feature: Nathan Fishman

The NAMPWD Team is excited to  feature Nathan Fishman on our blog. He is a board member of the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, an advocate, community organizer and activist.  More of his posts can be found on his personal blog, here New York Times Promotes Forced Complacency        I read the July 30th New […]

Our “Rock Center” Reaction

On the series finale of Rock Center with Brian Williams, Williams highlighted the subminimum wage controversy emerging from sheltered workshops, particularly focusing on Goodwill Industries. Harry Smith conducted the report and examined the “fairness” of sheltered workshop employment. Exposing the sheltered workshop exemption from Federal Minimum Wage standards, Smith interviewed disability rights advocates as well […]