Getting Involved – You Can Help!
For family members, committed to helping advocate for people with I/DD, consider joining The Arc of New Jersey’s Family Advocacy Program by clicking www.arcfamilyadvocacy.org (website includes an online “application). For friends and neighbors committed to helping further our mission click the friends advocacy network.
Educating policy makers and elected officials concerning the mission of The Arc is essential at this time. You can help by taking action!
For issues primarily at the state level, click here for The Arc of New Jersey Action Center.
For issues at the national level, click here for The Arc of the United States Action Center.
As a person with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities, speaking up for yourself and participating in decisions that effect all people with I/DD is critical to advancing the mission of The Arc/Morris.
For more information concerning Morris County’s Unity Club, a self-advocacy group supported by The Arc/Morris,
Below is a message from the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
Tell Governor Murphy to #PayFair4DirectCare!
Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
With the June 30 FY2019 budget deadline fast approaching, it’s critical for Governor Murphy to see the faces and hear the voices of the thousands of people like you across New Jersey who support raising wages for Direct Support Professionals. We are asking Coalition members to participate in a picture campaign to tell Governor Murphy to #PayFair4DirectCare, beginning with raising wages by $1.25 per hour in FY2019:
Here's what to do:
1). Print template: Print and sign your name to the bottom of the message to Governor Murphy. (Click here to download)
2). Take picture: Have someone take a picture of you holding the template. Take a close up, so the wording on the sign is legible.
(Examples can be found in the collage above!)
3). Upload and post: Post the picture on your social media pages with the message below. Twitter is preferred, but Facebook will also work:
A #StrongerAndFairer NJ must include #PayFair4DirectCare – @GovMurphy please appropriate funding in FY2019 to raise wages for direct support professionals by $1.25 per hour. @NJDSPCoalition
4). Share with friends: Share the picture template with your colleagues, friends and family and encourage them to participate,
tagging @GovMurphy and using #PayFair4DirectCare. The more faces online, the stronger our message to the Governor!
Don’t have Twitter or Facebook? No problem, you can still participate!
You can still participate if you don’t have Twitter or Facebook. Just send your picture to Libby@absnj.com and your post will be shared on
the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Twitter page.
Join Us in Trenton on Thursday, June 21
On June 21, the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage will have its ‘Advocacy Day’ at the NJ State House. Join us during the final days of budget negotiations to tell legislators that they must include funding in FY2019 to raise DSP wages by $1.25 per hour. More details to come, but save the date in the meantime!
Thursday, June 21 10:00am – 2:00pm
Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Advocacy Day
Committee Room 1 in State House Annex
125 West State Street, Trenton
Pictured above: Members of the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage made their voice heard at the May 22 Senate Budget Hearing! This was an opportunity to show a strong presence in support of our requested increase in the FY19 Budget.
Join the Conversation on Twitter!
The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage is constantly sending out updates with all the latest news and info via our Twitter page. If you don't already, please be sure to follow our page. Doing so will help spread our #PayFair4DirectCare message.
The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Steering Committee Members
The Arc of New Jersey
The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities
The New Jersey Association of Community Providers
Autism New Jersey
New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Family Support Coalition of New Jersey
New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network
The Statewide Regional Family Support Planning Councils