End the Waiting List for Community Services

END THE WAIT NOW! In the state of New Jersey, there are 8,087 people with developmental disabilities on the Waiting Lists for Community Services through the Division of Devlopmental Disabilities. This number is in addition to the 2,457 people with developmental disabilities who are ready to move into the community out o developmental centers. People with developmental disabilities are not being treated with equal human rights, equal civil rights, equal disability rights, or with equal access to opportunities to better living within New Jersey. The group behind the Petition to End the Waiting List crisis in New Jersey is comprised of concerned advocates, families and people with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to end devastating waiting lists for community services and supports for people with developmental disabilities ad their families. We want to build a responsive system that has the capacity to provide services in a timely fashion to all persons with develomental disabilities needing and requiring services and supports. If you are a person with a developmental disability who is currently on a waiting list for community services through the Divsion of Developmental Disabilities, a concerned family member, advocate or citizen, please sign the petition on the back of this flyer. The petition will be given to Governor Corzine and Legislative Leadership to call on them to provide adequate services to peole with developmental disabilities to live in the community now. We can only do this, and finally put an end to the Waiting List crisis, with your help. Thank you for your support and dedication to improving the livesof people with developmental disabilities around the state o New Jersey. Get involved now â


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    Michelle Fuerst, United States

    4 years ago Comments: I personally know many individuals who have successfully moved into community based programs from developmental centers. They have a range of complex needs and each has been served effectively in least restrictive settings in towns and neighborhoods across the state. They tell me they are much happier where they are today and they have a variety of choices available to them. We have even returned to visit their old developmental center and I was shocked at the conditions I saw inside and individuals were not being treated with dignity and respect by the staff. Individuals with developmental disabilities can have a higher quality of life in the community and the state can fund this at a significantly lower cost. The State of New Jersey is continuing to violate the human rights of those who remain in large state run institutions and this must end. I support allowing the individuals in these institutions to live where they wish, and they have this inherent right just as we all do.
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    Michelle Mello, United States

    5 years ago Comments: -
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    Mark Faller, United States

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