First Post

One out of five Americans has a disability, but we’re still not recognized as a political voice at the state and national level. This was clear in the recent Presidential campaign when Next Step surveyed the websites of the seven major candidates of both parties and found only one, Obama’s, listed disability as a major issue.

It’s equally true in my home state of New Jersey. Our governor, Jon Corzine, has been tone deaf to our issues as a whole, though he paid lip service to the needs of people with developmental disabilities, particularly those with autism.

His transition team on disability was dominated by them, even though they make up only 10% of the disability population. Nevertheless, he even ignored this group so Next Step had to sue to force him to appoint people with disabilities to the NJ Council on Developmental disabilities as required by state and federal law.

During the last year, his Administration has broken off negotiations with Disability Rights New Jersey in three suits involving rights and services of people with disabilities. In addition, his proposed budget would further reduce supports we desperately need.

NEXT STEP has started the CorzineWatchBlog because our troubled economy is hurting us more than others and New Jersey’s Administration doesn’t seem to care. Since state government is where most disability services come from, we must keep up the pressure if we are to survive. Please use this blog to let us know what battles we need to take on together.


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