Category Advocates of the Month

Employment, Anyone?

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 […]

But First, Do No Harm

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.?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advocate of the Month July 2012: Ashley Lasanta

Advocate of the Month July 2013: Ashley Lasanta Ashley is not only the advocate of the Month; she is also a new employee of The New American Movement. The New American Movement would like to introduce our supporters to our newest Self-Advocacy Field Coordinator, Ashley Lasanta. Ashley is a vivacious advocate who became immediately drawn […]