Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

My Central Jersey – For his commitment and work on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in New Jersey, the New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network honored Senate President Stephen Sweeney with the Heroes Award at its 13th Annual Spring into Action Luncheon. The event, held at the Imperia in Somerset on April 7, was attended by more than 300 Self-Advocates living across the State. According to a news release, the Heroes Award is given each year to an individual who does not shy away from doing what is right, even if it’s hard, and who stands up for the freedoms and abilities of all people.

“As a Self-Advocate, I appreciate that Senate President Sweeney is always willing to listen and learn about the issues I care about, then take action in the Legislature to try and improve things for people with I/DD in New Jersey,” said Evelyn Ramundo, vice president of the NJSSAN Advisory Board. “The Senate President is always fighting on our behalf and we know we can call on him and he will do whatever he can to help.”

Senate President Sweeney was the leader in securing a $20 million appropriation for Direct Support Professionals in the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and he is the sponsor of countless bills aimed to improve the lives of people with I/DD and their families.

Other award recipients honored at the event included Self-Advocate Arthur King, Paul Kring and The Arc AEROS from The Arc of Union County. The New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network (NJSSAN) is made up of five regional Councils. All adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are welcome to attend NJSSAN Council meetings.

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