TRENTON – A resolution sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, which would designate May of every year as “Adult Onset Disability Awareness Month” has been signed into law.
“This law is about bringing awareness to the fact that there are certain developmental disabilities that arise during adulthood,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Teaneck.”These kinds of observances call attention to a variety of issues that people face. The fact that people are living longer means that we have more of a chance of facing a variety of disabilities that we weren’t born with. This law is calling attention to the fact that this vulnerable population needs our support.”
“This public awareness campaign will provide tremendous insight and acknowledgement into our understanding of the issues affecting people with adult onset disabilities,” said Vainieri Huttle, D-Teaneck. “From now on, in May, we will have an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions individuals with adult onset disabilities have made to New Jersey.”
“Many individuals with adult onset disabilities are vital and vibrant members of our communities,” said Johnson, D-Englewood. “These residents work hard, not only to raise awareness of the diverse needs of persons with disabilities, but also to improve the quality of life in New Jersey.”
The newly signed legislation, SJR-42/AJR-172, calls attention to adult onset disabilities, or disabilities that emerge after the age of 22. The disabilities can arise from a variety of sources including multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
This bill received unanimous final legislative approval in the Senate on December 4, 2006.