The Arc New Jersey participated in a roundtable with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez held in honor of Autism Awareness Month. They used the opportunity to discuss proposed changes to Medicaid and called on Senator Menendez to fight back against block grants or per capita caps.
The Arc New Jersey’s Self-Advocacy Project hosted an event celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the State House in March. Department of Human Services Commissioner Beth Connolly and more than 35 legislators attended the event. Self-advocates met with these officials to discuss issues important to them such as DSP wages. Pictures from the event can be found on The Arc New Jersey’s Facebook page.
In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, The Arc of New Jersey brought family caregivers to the State House to discuss their challenges and priorities, such as the DSP workforce crisis. In total, they met with over 40 legislators. Assemblyman Gordon Johnson presented families with a joint Senate/Assembly resolution recognizing National Family Caregivers Awareness Month. To see more pictures from the annual Family Caregiver event, click here.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Tennessee’s Employment First Task Force, of which The Arc of Tennessee is a part, is promoting a #HireMyStrengths campaign. The campaign, started by TennesseeWorks, places an emphasis on the individual strengths of people with and without disabilities. Participants are asked to write their strengths on a sign and share a picture holding the sign on social media.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and The Arc of New Jersey is hosting a “Watch Me Work” series to commemorate it. Each week, they will tell the story of an individual with I/DD who is succeeding in competitive employment. Additionally, they will host a webinar on pre-employment transition services.