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  • West Windsor Update — October 2018 - Project Freedom is pleased to announce the construction of our latest affordable housing community…Freedom Village at West Windsor.  This seventy two unit apartment community will feature one, two and three bedroom apartments, surrounding a large Community center, only steps away from the West Windsor Train Station.  The buildings are a ... Read more ...
  • From Norman’s Desk – October 2018 - New Jersey held its Eighth Annual Disability Pride Parade and Celebration in Trenton this month.  The event is organized by the Alliance Center for Independent Living based in Edison, and I’m proud to have been a part of the parade since the beginning. I have told this story many times, ... Read more ...
  • America’s Workforce: Empowering All to Work - Join Project Freedom as we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national campaign to increase awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2018 is "America’s Workforce: Empowering All." NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents” – September 2018 - Every year, Marion and I and Tracee Battis, our Director of Housing Development, attend the Governor’s Conference on Housing, which is  always held in Atlantic City.  Now I know what you are thinking, not much work goes on during that time, but probably lots of gambling.  Not so with me ... Read more ...
  • DISABLED GROUPS ARE UNITING AGAINST STARBUCKS’ PLASTIC STRAW BAN - By Jason Hopkins, DailyCaller.com  August 23, 2018 Disabled advocacy groups are calling on Starbucks to reverse its phase-out of plastic straws from its stores, highlighting the controversy of the decision. An international coalition of disabled rights groups sent a letter to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, stating that his company’s decision ... Read more ...
  • She cleaned for $3.49 an hour. A gas station just offered her $11.25. - By Danielle Paquette, Reporter  - WashingtonPost.com , June 21, 2018 Colton Channon needed just 90 minutes each day. Every morning for about a month, in training designed for him, the high school senior with an intellectual disability practiced making steel brackets for trucks at a Des Moines factory. The skill took ... Read more ...
  • ‘Disabled People Are Not Part of the Conversation.’ Advocates Speak Out Against Plastic Straw Bans - By GINA MARTINEZ  Time.com, July 12, 2018 Some disabled rights advocates are speaking out against an emerging trend of restaurants and other companies phasing out the use of plastic straws with drink orders, arguing that the alternatives can be inadequate for customers with various disabilities. Plastic straws have been disappearing from ... Read more ...
  • It Shouldn’t Be This Hard for a Woman in a Wheelchair to Get a Pedicure - BY MADISON LAWSON      Glamour.com  -  AUGUST 7, 2018 Early last week a screenshot of a Yelp review for a nail salon started surfacing on Facebook. In the post, a woman from St. Peters, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, wrote about the shock and frustration she felt when a salon ... Read more ...
  • Project Freedom Tenants RevUp the Vote - Nearly 20 tenants from Project Freedom's Mercer County housing complexes attended the RevUpNJ's kickoff rally during National Disability Registration Week.  RevUp is a national nonpartisan effort by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).  RevUp-NJ is organized by the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) based in Edison, and it ... Read more ...
  • Trustees Honored for Long Service - As a not-for-profit organization, Project Freedom is governed by a 21-member Board of Trustees.  Recently two dedicated members of the Board stepped down after long service to Project Freedom's mission. Dave Workman served as chair of the Finance and Golf Committees and served on numerous other committees as needed.  Under ... Read more ...
  • Lawrence Tenant Dashes Home with Gold - Project Freedom at Lawrence tenant Rebecca "Becky" Scheick earned three medals last moth at the Special Olympics.   Becky  brought home a Gold and two Silver medals.    Becky crushed it in the Softball Throw earning herself the Gold medal!   Her silver medals were for the 4 x 100  Meter ... Read more ...
  • Freedom Village at Toms River Hosts Prom Gown Event - April brings the beginning of warmth, some booming flowers, and thoughts of what to wear to high school proms. This can be an anxious time for some young ladies, but an event held at Freedom Village at Toms River may have relieved some this anxiety for some. Around 30 young ... Read more ...
  • NJ forces disabled Howell student to make brutal choice: internship or health aide money - Jerry Carino, @njhoopshaven Published  by  Asbury Park Press  May 21, 2018 | Updated May 21, 2018 HOWELL - Like any college student, Anna Landre was thrilled to land a quality summer internship. Unlike her peers, though, she faces a brutal decision: Taking the job means losing some crucial health benefits. The Howell ... Read more ...
  • Caregiver Shortage Forcing Young People With Disabilities Into Institutions - by Chris Serres, Star Tribune/TNS | May 9, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS — Every so often, Korrie Johnson closes her eyes and tries to forget that she is a healthy 25-year-old living in a nursing home surrounded by older people with dementia and other debilitating conditions. Time and again, reality intrudes. In the ... Read more ...
  • Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For People with Disabilities - Companies are releasing new inclusive lines that solve some of the dressing challenges that people with physical and mental disabilities face By Emily Matchar   Smithsonian.com  - May 8, 2018 Most of us don’t think a whole lot about getting dressed. Sure, we might care about our style, but the actual process of ... Read more ...
  • Man With Down Syndrome To Testify Before Congress - John Cronin, who runs John's Crazy Socks, will discuss the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities. By Paige McAtee, Patch Staff | May 8, 2018 5:35 pm ET The Huntington businessman with Down syndrome who gifted George H.W. Bush socks he wore to Barbara Bush's funeral will be heading to our nation's Capitol on Wednesday to ... Read more ...
  • Project Freedom’s New Site In West Windsor Underway -
  • Microsoft commits $25M over 5 years for new ‘AI for Accessibility’ initiative to help people with disabilities - Microsoft commits $25M over 5 years for new ‘AI for Accessibility’ initiative to help people with disabilities BY NAT LEVY - GeekWire.com - May 7, 2018 Microsoft is committing $25 million over five years to develop artificial intelligence-powered technologies to help people with disabilities. The aim of the new program announced at the ... Read more ...
  • From Norman’s Desk – May 2018 - It is May!  It is time for my annual rant as we near Hurricane Season. “In the next decade, the probability of a major hurricane hitting the Northeast is one and a half to two times greater than in recent years. We are returning to the earlier decades where landfalls ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents” – May 2018 - Project Freedom continues to grow our housing units by partnering with several   local municipalities in Mercer County as well as those from across the State.  Over time we have modified our housing design and amenities to better reflect the needs and wants of our tenant consumers.  Our target population has ... Read more ...
  • DOJ Rescinds Protections Under the ADA for Medical Facilities - DOJ Rescinds Protections Afforded by Americans With Disabilities Act By Ariana Marini, Medical Bag, April 18, 2018 When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, he proclaimed, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.”1 But 27 years later, that wall ... Read more ...
  • Delta apologizes after woman says she was tied to wheelchair - Delta apologizes after woman says she was tied to wheelchair by staff BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE -  The Hill -04/25/18 02:42 PM EDT   Delta Air Lines has issued an apology after a woman with multiple sclerosis said she was tied to a wheelchair after a flight to Europe earlier this month. “We regret ... Read more ...
  • Canadian anti-straw movement should consider people with disabilities - Anti-straw movement should consider people with disabilities, advocates say Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press  Published Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:12PM EDT  Last Updated Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:39PM EDT TORONTO -- Some Canadians who rely on plastic straws are calling on the surging anti-straw movement to consider the impact it ... Read more ...
  • Born without arms, Sarasota State Senate Candidate Has Long Fought for Disability Rights - Born without arms, Sarasota (FL) State Senate Candidate Has Long Fought for Disability Rights By Zac Anderson Political Editor, The Herald Tribune, April 12, 2018 Olivia Babis often had to fight for equal rights growing up as a person with a disability. Now the Sarasota Democrat wants to take the lessons she ... Read more ...
  • Building Better Maps for the Disability Community - Building Better Maps for the Disability Community Google and a slew of startups are including accessibility information in apps to help people navigate the world if they use wheelchairs or have other disabilities. BY   MARGUERITE REARDONAPRIL 6, 2018  Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career ... Read more ...
  • Young Disability Advocate Elected to Aussie Senate - Jordon Steele-John bringing lived experience with disability to Parliament in replacing Scott Ludlam By Eliza Laschon Updated 9 Nov 2017, 7:21pm   The citizenship saga has cleared the path for the youngest-ever senator, Jordon Steele-John from Western Australia, to enter the Upper House, replacing Greens co-deputy Scott Ludlam. Mr Steele-John is a 23-year-old ... Read more ...
  • Developmental Disabilities Month - In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. Though the goal remains largely the same, so much has changed since 1987. While the aim to increase public awareness, the ... Read more ...
  • Blawenburg Band Concert Scheduled at Project Freedom - The Blawenburg Band is one of the oldest community bands in the state, and among the most active.   Project Freedom is honored to host the Band at our Project Freedom at Lawrence campus on Wednesday, April 11, starting at 7:00 PM. The Band's 75 plus members come from all walks ... Read more ...
  • Willing and able: Disabled workers prove their value in tight labor market - With the low 4.1% unemployment rate making it tougher for employers to hire and retain workers, CVS hires hundreds of disabled people annually and has ramped up the hiring amid the tight labor market, with the number of recruits doubling in 2017. USA TODAY Julie Propp landed her first-ever job about ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents” – February 2018 - As we start the new year (2018), it has been over two years since the New Jersey Supreme Court took the power of making decisions regarding affordable housing, out of the hands of the COAH Board, and into the respective courts of jurisdiction.  So, the question to be asked and ... Read more ...
  • Meet Lucas, The First Gerber Baby Contest Winner With Down Syndrome - New year, new Gerber baby! On Wednesday, the iconic baby food brand announced the winner of the eighth annual Gerber Baby Photo Search contest: 18-month-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia.  A panel of judges chose Lucas out of a pool of more than 140,000 entrants to be the 2018 Gerber “Spokesbaby.” His ... Read more ...
  • 16th Annual Golf Classic Date Set -
  • Priced Out In The United States - In 2016, there was no housing market in the United States where a person with a disability whose sole source of income was SSI could afford a safe, decent rental unit. The Priced Out report, co-authored by TAC and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force, documents the nationwide housing ... Read more ...
  • Board & Corporate Officers Elected - During its first meeting of 2018, Project Freed's Board of Trustees elected its officers and the corporate officer of Project Freedom Inc.   They are: Chair, Board of Trustees Herb  Schneider Vice Chair, Board of Trustees Tim Lutz Treasurer, Board of Trustees Anthony Torrington Secretary, Board of Trustees Dan Surtz President, ... Read more ...
  • “My Medicaid, My Life” by Alice Wong - "My Medicaid, My Life" by Alice Wong,  New York Times -- Opinion/Disability Section, May 3,2017 I am a Medicaid welfare queen. When Republicans talk about safety net programs like Medicaid, Social Security and food stamps, they evoke images of people like me gabbing on their smartphones, eating steak and watching ... Read more ...
  • Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’s rescinding more than two dozen guidance documents including several clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the 25 revoked documents are a number of ADA-related items dating as far back as 1995 offering guidance on everything from service animals to accessible ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents” – January 2018 - As I write these words, it is the day after Christmas, so all the parties, have come and gone, with only memories of those good times.  It indeed has been a wonderful year, for which we at Project Freedom have a lot to be thankful.  This year, we obtained our ... Read more ...
  • Donations to PF at Lawrence Brings a Delicious Thanksgiving to Tenants - Project Freedom at Lawrence was blessed to have received numerous food donations from extremely generous people, stores and restaurants to help the tenants celebrate Thanksgiving Day. As always, The Knights of Columbus along with St. Anne’s church began the holidays with a huge donation of 28 turkeys that they delivered ... Read more ...
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Awards Project Freedom $1.6 Million for Gibbsboro - Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Awards 36 Million for 42 Affordable Housing Initiatives Projects will create, rehabilitate or preserve nearly 2,900 affordable housing units New York, NY –  José R. González, president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, announced that the Bank has awarded $36.9 ... Read more ...
  • The 1977 Disability Rights Protest That Broke Records and Changed Laws - The 504 Sit-In was the longest non-violent occupation of a federal building in United States history. BY BRITTANY SHOOT  NOVEMBER 09, 2017 Hundreds of people arrived to the planned protest march in San Francisco on April 5, 1977, weighed down by backpacks bulging with food, medication, and basic supplies. Adults, teenagers, and parents accompanying their ... Read more ...
  • Monsters, Spooks, and Red Riding Hood Come to Toms River - Freedom Village at Toms River was recently visited by some strange force that turned tenants and staff into beings not seen before on the complex.  Our cameras caught these pictures!
  • Gala Celebrates 20 Years of Celebrating - Nearly 200 supporters came together last week to celebrate Project Freedom's 2oth Annual Dinner Gala.  Some highlights ad photos:   The Gala featured Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville with the Julia "June" Ronan Angel Award in recognition of Mayor Fried’s “Pay it Forward Initiative."  Mayor Fried has has transformed his yearly State ... Read more ...
  • From Norman’s Desk – November 2017 - This year will be the twelfth time in my life that I cast a vote for the governor of NJ.  I remember back in 1973 being forced to vote two weeks ahead of time by absentee ballot because my polling place was not accessible.  I remember in 1992 being challenged ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents” November 2017 - Well, we are one week away from our Angel Award Dinner, and staff are busy pulling all the last minute details together.  Thanks to Board member Karol Moss for heading up this committee and for providing the leadership for this event once again. At this year’s Gala, we are honoring ... Read more ...
  • 20th Angel Award Gala Coming in November - The 20th Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.  This year we honor Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville with the 20th Julia "June" Ronan Angel Award in recognition of Mayor Fried’s “Pay it Forward Initiative." We are ... Read more ...
  • Bank of America Supports Gala as Patriot Sponsor - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that Bank of America become a Patriot Sponsor of  the 20th Annual Angel Award Gala.  The 2017 Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville, New Jersey, ... Read more ...
  • First Commerce Bank Supports Gala as Angel Sponsor - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that First Commerce Bank  become an Angel Sponsor of  the 20th Annual Angel Award Gala.  The 2017  Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville, New Jersey, ... Read more ...
  • Nottingham Insurance Supports Angel Gala Again - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that Nottingham Insurance is again an Angel Sponsor this year for the 20th Annual Angel Award Gala.  The 2017  Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville, ... Read more ...
  • TD Bank Supports Angel Award Gala as Angel Sponsor - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that TD Bank  becomes an Angel Sponsor of  the 20th Annual Angel Award Gala.  The 2017  Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville, New Jersey, will ... Read more ...
  • McKernan Architects Becomes Angel Sponsor - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that  Joseph F. McKernan Jr. Architects & Associates firm has become an Angel Sponsor of  the 20th Annual Angel Award Gala.   The 2017  Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David ... Read more ...
  • V.J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc. becomes Gala Event Sponsor Again This Year - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that V.J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc., is once again  an Event Sponsor of Project Freedom's Angel Award Gala.  The 20th Annual Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David Fried of ... Read more ...
  • NEF Becomes Gala Event Sponsor - Project Freedom is pleased to announce that the National Equity Funds has become an Event Sponsor of the 20th Annual Angel Award Gala.  The 2017  Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville, ... Read more ...
  • 2017 Angel Award Gala Coming Soon! - The 20th Angel Award Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, New Jersey.  This year we honor Mayor David Fried of Robbinsville with the 20th Julia "June" Ronan Angel Award in recognition of Mayor Fried’s “Pay it Forward Initiative." We are ... Read more ...
  • TD Bank Plants Trees at Westampton - Employee volunteers from TD Bank joined the New Jersey Tree Foundation to plant 37 trees and 21 shrubs at Freedom Village in Westampton on Wednesday.TD Tree Days is a community-based program that nurtures and expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Since 2010, more than 285,000 ... Read more ...
  • Arresting Disabled Bodies | New Republic - How disabled activists turned the fight for Medicaid into a battle for civil rights The woman in the wheelchair is resolute. Her voice does not waver; her message does not change. “No cuts to Medicaid!” she shouts. “Save our liberty!” She is a rock, borne away by a police officer ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents – October 2017 - So, one of the hot topics today in our country, is the use of “Free Speech” which is guaranteed by our Constitution and First Amendment.  Usually this revolves around some kind of protest or some action that certain groups are usually against.  Recently we have seen this in protests involving ... Read more ...
  • “My Two Cents” – September 2017 - I have exciting news to report.  The governor announced last Friday, the Low Income Tax Credit Awards for this year, and Project Freedom has won for both our new projects—West Windsor and Gibbsboro.  Hooray. This is by no means an easy task, and in the past, we have only been ... Read more ...
  • From Norman’s Desk – October 2017 - New Jersey will be holding its Seventh Annual Disability Pride Parade and Celebration in Trenton this month.  The event is organized by the Alliance Center for Independent Living based in Edison, and I’m proud to have been a part of the parade since the beginning. I have told this story ... Read more ...
  • The Smart Home - by Sonny Ali reprinted from New Mobility July 2017 As a T5 paraplegic with two young boys, a wife, a full-time job and a nonprofit to run, I can use all the help I can get around the house to stay on top of things. With that in mind, I ... Read more ...
  • From Norman’s Desk – August 2017 - This year will be the twelfth time in my life that I cast a vote for the governor of NJ. I remember back in 1973 being forced to vote two weeks ahead of time by absentee ballot because my polling place was not accessible. I remember in 1992 being challenged ... Read more ...
  • Study finds small but persistent NJ voter disability gap - By Michael Hill Correspondent NJTV News Asbury Park’s Wali Mohammed injured in a car accident was among the 16 million Americans with disabilities who voted in last year’s presidential election, according to a new Rutgers University study. Mohammed says he physically goes to vote in all elections with hope for ... Read more ...