It was a beautiful sunny day in late July for an excursion to view the Annual collaborative Art Exhibition with Matheny and the WAE Center.  Both organizations have thriving programs to enable individuals with disabilities to create fine art.  The artistic process is an undeniable source of empowerment for people with disabilities, and the exhibited work is a testament to the success of each of these programs.   The program is made possible in part by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department and a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.    

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Emmanuel Offeh-Mensah’s open heart reaches beyond the walls of JSDD’s WAE Center into the community within which he surrounds himself. Employed here since 2015, the Center administration and staff feel fortunate to have a direct support professional of such caliber to work with and who can be counted on in any situation. Emmanuel is a true humanist as he sees the importance and value in every individual. He understands what goodness is and what being a good person really means as he supports the men and women of the WAE Center with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential. He demonstrates this by showing careful and thoughtful interest in each person, staff and client. The importance of being proactive with […]

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In February 2019, the WAE (Wellness, Arts, & Enrichment) Center began a G.O.A.A. (Gender, Orientation and Advocates Alliance) for adults with developmental disabilities. The G.O.A.A. will provide a safe and supportive forum for its participants to explore concepts of gender and sexual identity with opportunities for socialization, support, education, training and advocacy.    The program is led by a dedicated advisor and will meet once per month at the WAE Center (270 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange, NJ).    The G.O.A.A. is free and open to individuals with developmental disabilities from the surrounding communities. Please encourage adults 18+ who you think would benefit from this program to attend.   Why are we starting the G.O.A.A. Open Door Project? Whether an […]

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Come join us for an entertaining presentation of Shakespeare in the Park.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Verona Park, near the Boat House.  

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from slavery unto freedom, from sorrow unto joy, from mourning unto festive gladness from darkness unto light Wishing you and your families a sweet Pesach.  We hope that you are all surrounded by loving family and friends. We cannot begin to thank you for helping to give dignity and purpose to our JSDD/WAE Center members.  You are all valued and appreciated. Fondly, Ellen and Alan

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