Disability advocates provide assistance and support to ensure that:
- Your rights are upheld
- You are an active participate in the decision-making processes
- Your needs and views are presented to government, service providers and the broader community
However, it is very important to advocate for yourself. Even though there are numerous experts that can help you succeed, the best and most consistent expert is often found within – after all, no one knows you better than yourself! This doesn’t mean you have to know every law – just how to assert yourself and express your needs.
“Just as no two faces are alike, so are no two minds alike.”
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
Source: Pacer Center Action Information Sheet
Advocacy is important to JAA of Southern New Jersey. If you would like additional information about local advocacy efforts or wish to become involved, feel free to contact Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) at 856-424-1333. Representatives will work together with you to empower you to create change. For additional information, please utilize this comprehensive inclusive web based directory to find the best fit for you. Political advocacy also provides opportunities to make your voice heard.
To obtain legislative support click here to identify and contact local representatives.
Additional Advocacy Resources
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA)
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
The Arc of Camden County
The Arc of Burlington County
The Arc of Gloucester County
The Jewish Federations of North America is involved with Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), held annually in February. The mission of this month is to unite Jewish communities and organizations to raise awareness of the needs, strengths, opportunities and challenges of individuals with disabilities and their families as well as to support meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in every aspect of Jewish life.
Check with your local Jewish Federation for a calendar of events.