LGBTQ+ WAE: The Power of an Inclusive Community
The intention of LGBTQ+ WAE is to bring together a group of people who share similar life experiences and to enjoy the support of that community. The goal: to lessen the isolation and reduce stereotypes and misperceptions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who identify as LGBTQ+. Regularly scheduled online or in-person meetings allow participants to connect with others who deal with similar issues in a more diverse group than they might otherwise encounter.
A Safe Place for the IDD and ASD Community and Allies
LGBTQ+ WAE is a community focused on social interaction, education, individual expression, and advocacy for people with IDD and/or ASD who self-identify as LGBTQ+. The group supports each individual and their community in expanding knowledge and understanding of day-to-day issues faced by people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, it serves as a resource to caregivers, families, and allies so that they may better understand, support and advocate for the person in their care.
Holistic Approach to Wellness
The community aligns with the WAE Center’s philosophy of “Finding the Spark Within” each individual and supporting their discovery process.
The WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center’s distinctive approach is built around:
- Dedication to the individual
- Unconditional acceptance
- Promoting self-expression
- Meaningful life engagement / friendship
- Embracing diversity in all aspects of our community
- Inclusion/participation in the local communities
- Monthly meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month @ 7pm. Please email HKlein@jsdd.org to RSVP.
- Meetings are solely online until further notice.
Have questions about LGBTQ+ WAE?
For more information and to join us, email Harry Klein at HKlein@jsdd.org.
Supported by a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of NJ