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New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project.c/o The Arc of New Jersey
since 1983

985 Livingston Avenue

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Phone: 732- 246-2525 ext. 22



Contact(s): Director: Ashley Ritchey (, Board President: Ellen Moskowitz at, or past board President: Barbara Coppens at

Additional information:

Number of Active Members:
Statewide organization with 2500 members and 110 local self-advocacy groups

Reason(s) the Group Meets:
Political, Social, Personal Skills

Products or Services Offered:
The NJ Self-Advocacy Project supports 110 self-advocacy groups statewide. Groups are located in all 21 counties. Anyone interested in participating in a self-advocacy group may contact the Self-Advocacy Project directly for more information.

Board of Directors:

Receives Support From:
The Arc of New Jersey and Division of Developmental Disabilities

Mission/Vision Statement:
The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project is committed to assisting people with disabilities to become involved in self-advocacy, so that they are able to create positive change in their lives

Typical Activities:
Establishing self-advocacy groups.

Conducting staff trainings and working on cooperative projects with community service organizations.

Assisting groups in conducting public relations activities.

Planning and implementing leadership seminars.

Developing a statewide network of advocates.

Sponsoring the annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference.

Distributing The Self-Advocate quarterly newsletter.

Sharing information and resources.

Educating policy makers on issues of importance to people with disabilities and advocating for change.

Advocacy Matters monthly e-newsletter, also available on the web site. The "Self Advocate" newsletter twice a year.

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