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April 26, 2022

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January 25, 2022
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April 27, 2021
Senate President Sweeney, Honorable Members of the NJ Legislative Disability Caucus Held an Employment Roundtable Focusing on Persons with Disabilities

New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus Chair Senate President Steve Sweeney, honorable legislative caucus members and advocates from the disability community met virtually on April 27 to discuss the impact of Employment for people with disabilities.

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January 26, 2021
Senate President Sweeney, Honorable Members of the NJ Legislative Disability Caucus & Advocates from the Disability Community Hold First Meeting of Bipartisan Disability Caucus Focusing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus Chair Senate President Steve Sweeney, honorable legislative caucus members and advocates from the disability community met virtually on January 26 for the inaugural meeting of the Caucus to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking a disproportionate toll on people with disabilities, the topic led to a robust discussion among policymakers and advocates for this first briefing session of 2021.

Disability advocates shared their experiences with policy makers regarding limited access to vaccines, testing, personal protective equipment, and critical care resources amid the pandemic. They also discussed loss of educational services, therapy and behavioral supports due to the public health crisis and how it has affected transition to adult life and compensatory services. The goal of the briefing session was to raise awareness and share ideas, so policymakers can make informed decisions on how to best address the inequities.

Senate President Sweeney, Legislative Leaders & Self Advocates from Disability Community Join Together to Launch a Bipartisan Disability Caucus in the New Jersey Legislature

The newly formed New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus serves 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. People with disabilities, their families, and organizations that serve support and advocate for people with disabilities in New Jersey serve as a resource to the Caucus, providing education and programming as needed.

Legislators who are members of the caucus serve as champions for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey by meeting with them in their district offices; participating in quarterly education forums; and above all, promoting policies to improve the lives of people with disabilities and considering the impact on the disability community in shaping all public policies in New Jersey.

With approximately 25 percent of adults in New Jersey identify as having some type of disability, the Caucus ensures their voice is heard in the decision-making process. This is critically important as 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, despite progress after the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30 years ago. New Jersey is among just a handful of states that have formed a Disability Caucus within its state legislature.

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Members

Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Kristin M. Corrado
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
Senator Vin Gopal
Senator Linda R. Greenstein
Senator Fred H. Madden, Jr.
Senator Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr.
Senator M. Teresa Ruiz
Senator Holly T. Schepisi
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari
Senator Troy Singleton
Senator Bob Smith
Senator Jean Stanfield
Senator Joseph F. Vitale
Senator Andrew Zwicker

Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson
Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D.
Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer
Assemblywoman Aura K. Dunn
Assemblywoman Kimberly Eulner
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald
Assemblywoman Angelica M. Jimenez
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt
Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez
Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz
Assemblywoman Carol A. Murphy
Assemblywoman Marilyn Piperno
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano
Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer
Assemblyman William W. Spearman
Assemblywoman Shanique Speight
Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake
Assemblyman Brandon Umba
Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli

Supporting Agencies

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities
ACCSES NJ
Advocates In Action
Alliance Center for Independence
ASAH Serving the private special education community since 1974
ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc.
Aspire Support Coordination, LLC
Autism New Jersey
Brain Injury Alliance
Coaching-Connections, LLC. Of Middlesex County
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)
Community Access Unlimited
Community Supports Network
Consistent Supports Coordination
DAWN Center for Independent Living
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – New Jersey
Disability Allies
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)
Easterseals New Jersey
Employment Horizons, Inc.
Families and Community Together (FACT)
Hearing Loss Assn of America
Heightened Independence and Progress Center for Independent Living (HIP)
Jewish Federations of New Jersey
Inroads to Opportunities
Laura Bishop Communications
Mental Health Association in New Jersey
Moceans Center for Independent Living
NAMI NJ
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
NJ Association of Centers for Independent Living (NJACIL)
New Jersey Association of Mental Health & Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA)
New Jersey Deaf Housing, Inc
New Jersey Disability Collective
NJ Association of Human Services Directors
NJ Joint Council on Special Services
Northeast ADA Center
New Jersey State Independent Living Council
Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
Promise Day Habilitation
Progressive Center Mercer
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network
Special Child Health Services of Hunterdon County
Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey
The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD)
The Arc of New Jersey
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
The New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP)

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