In each blog post, we’ll be following important news, legislation, and current events that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. We’ll provide commentary on issues that matter and new trends in our communities. And, occasionally, we’ll invite guest contributors to provide their unique perspectives on a variety of topics important New Jersey’s DD community. Most importantly though, we’ll invite you, our readers, to join the conversation and share your views.
by Norman Reim Family Support is Struggling for a New Identity The New Jersey State Regional Family Support Planning Councils were a force in the DD system during the
Special Education is in need of an overhaul. There’s a ton of money involved and, more importantly, the quality of the education of students with and without disabilities is
I recently attended a one-day conference on employment of persons with disabilities. What made this conference different were the participants. The audience was made up equally of individuals in
A few posts back I talked about some aspects of the Big Business of Disability. I want to talk some more about that. Before it had been the over
Today we’re going to math class. I know. I hear the collective groan. But United Cerebral Palsy recently released a report on how states are doing in terms of
There have been many attempts to standardize education since schooling for all children became mandatory in most Western countries. I have documented the experience I had as a child
I hear New Jersey is looking into augmenting its self-advocacy movement with some of the ideas and inspirations from the People First groups that have had success in other
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments about the strict use of IQ scores in determining whether some people convicted of capital crimes should be exempt from the death
There’s a case before the U.S. Supreme Court about direct care workers for people with disabilities and others who may need such services that could profoundly affect in-home supports.
I spoke with Liz Shea just before the holidays. For those of you who don’t know, she took over as Assistant Commissioner at the state Department of Human Services’