Testimony RE: A4461
Dan Keating, PhD, Executive Director
Before the Assembly Human Services Committee
NJ State House
June 18, 2015
Good afternoon Chairwoman Vainieri-Huttle and members of the committee. My name is Dan Keating. I am the Executive Director of The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD), a statewide organization representing member agencies that provide an array of community –based supports for more than 20,000 people of all ages with complex physical and neurological developmental disabilities and their families. ABCD members provide services and supports to individuals with significant medical and behavioral challenges.
I thank you for the opportunity to speak before your committee today in support of A4461, which deletes references to pejorative and archaic language that is used in the State statutes when referring to persons with developmental, cognitive, or psychiatric disabilities. ABCD applauds the sponsors for their proactive approach to establishing that all individuals are people first and should not be defined by their disability. This is more than a change for the sake of “political correctness.” This is establishing that all people are unique; each person brings value to society and their community. Continue reading
ABCD is supporting the position of The Alliance Center for Independence, NJ (ACI) and other collaborating agencies, including Liberty Resources in Philadelphia and Not Dead Yet, for a demonstration against Professor Singer at Princeton University, June 10, 2015 beginning at noon. We ask that you send this flyer to families, providers and people supported to unite as one disability community that day to express our outrage over Singer’s comments. Here is the official statement from the National Council on Disability that was issued April 24, 2015:
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
The following is a statement on behalf of the National Council on Disability.
On Sunday April 16, contentious Princeton Professor Peter Singer, once again argued that it is “reasonable” for the government or private insurance companies to deny treatment to infants with disabilities. Singer’s remarks were made on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” which is broadcast on New York’s AM 970 and Philadelphia 990 AM. Continue reading
Dr. Dan Keating and Bonnie Squires met at the Newark STAR-LEDGER offices March 25, 2015 with the editor of the editorial page, Tom Moral and Julie O’Connor, editorials to present concerns about some of the editorials related to developmental disabilities. As a result, Dr. Keating was invited to write a 700-word op-ed on the “cognitive dissonance;” his doctoral dissertation topic. Read it here
Dear Commissioner Velez:
I am writing today on behalf of the members of The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD). As you know, ABCD is a statewide organization representing member agencies that provide an array of community –based supports for more than 15,000 people with complex physical and neurological developmental disabilities and their families. We would like to ask for your deliberate consideration of our requests as you and your colleagues at the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities prepare your budget for State Fiscal Year 2016. This continues to be a very important time for the DHS/DDD service delivery system. Now, more than ever, thousands of individuals with disabilities and their families, as well as the citizens of the state are counting on all of us involved in the support system to get it right. Collaboration and partnering is as essential as it has ever been. Continue reading