Create More Jobs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey

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Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

Goal: Create more jobs for adults with autism spectrum disorders in New Jersey.

Currently, New Jersey has one of the highest rates of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. As these children grow into adults, they should be allowed to integrate into society as much as possible. One way of participating in society is getting a job; however, there are not many jobs available for developmentally disabled adults. The jobs that are available for these adults are often monotonous and boring work that nobody would be happy to do. These jobs do not help to stimulate these adults’ minds but merely keep them busy with repetitive and child-like work.

In order for these adults to feel accepted in society, they must be able to find suitable jobs. Disabled children are already faced with exclusion in the realm of education, but this does not have to remain true for adults in the workforce. These adults need to be placed in jobs with their peers that involve them in stimulating and engaging work. If not, they will not have the opportunity to learn and grow after they leave school.

It is no secret that everyone needs money to live, and this does not exclude those with developmental disabilities. Though there are some funding resources for those with mental handicaps, they do not completely cover the cost of food and living. Many of these adults, if not living with family, often live in expensive group homes. In order to be able to afford these homes, as well as basic needs like food and clothing, mentally handicapped adults must be given more job options.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Chris Christie,

It is extremely important that more jobs be created for developmentally disabled adults. In order to not only stimulate the economy, but also to stimulate their minds, these adults need engaging and challenging jobs as opposed to the monotonous jobs that are already available to them.

It is a known fact that New Jersey has a very high rate of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, yet the amount of jobs available to developmentally disabled adults is not sufficient. More jobs that are already available to non-disabled people must be opened to developmentally disabled people as well. Often employers underestimate the abilities of disabled employees, but if challenged, these adults are often capable of doing just as much as any of their peers.

In order to help them stay financially stable as well as to help them feel included in society, it is imperative that more jobs be made available for developmentally disabled adults.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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