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New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus [Livestream]
December 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Senate President Sweeney, Legislative Leaders & Self Advocates from Disability Community Join Together to Launch Historic Bipartisan Disability Caucus in New Jersey Legislature
When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 3 pm
Where: Event will stream LIVE at https://youtu.be/eV6rUBY-KWc
Why: Approximately 25 percent of adults in New Jersey identify as having some type of disability. Despite progress after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30 years ago, people with disabilities in New Jersey continue to seek opportunities to be included and represented in all aspects of life as an integral part of the fabric of our society. The Disability Caucus will serve as a bipartisan forum within the New Jersey Legislature for lawmakers and their staff to consider the impact on the disability community when shaping ALL public policies in the Garden State through increased awareness and a greater understanding of the complexities of the disabilities service system and issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
Who: Senate President Steve Sweeney, legislative leaders and self-advocates from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and other organizations supporting the formation of the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus will join together on Livestream to launch the historic bipartisan legislative caucus.
Approximately 25 percent of adults in New Jersey identify as having some type of disability.* Despite progress, adults with disabilities in New Jersey and across the country continue to experience significant differences in health characteristics and behaviors compared to adults without disabilities.** For example, the jobless rate for persons with a disability continues to be about twice as high as the rate for those without a disability.*** And people with disabilities live in poverty at more than twice the rate of people without disabilities.****
People with disabilities, their families, and organizations that serve, support, and advocate for people with disabilities in New Jersey would be a resource to the NJ Legislative Disability Caucus, providing education and programming as needed. Legislators who join the caucus agree to be champions for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey by meeting with them in their district offices; participating in quarterly education forums; and above all, promote policies to improve the lives of people with disabilities and consider the impact on the disability community in shaping all public policies in New Jersey.