New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates

NJBDA Promoting Advocacy and Self-Sufficiency


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Public Forums

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services


The State Rehabilitation Council

Present the Following 2019 Public Forums









Wednesday, April 3

(Registration Deadline March 27)

(MERCER) The Talking Book & Braille Center – Conference room

2300 Stuyvesant Avenue

Trenton, NJ  08611


10 am – 12 pm


Wednesday, April 10

(Registration Deadline April 3)

(CAMDEN) Camden County 1 –Stop

2600 Mt. Ephraim Ave – Suite 103 (Auditorum)

Camden, NJ  08104

           1pm to 3 pm


Wednesday, April 17

(Registration Deadline April 10)

(ESSEX) JVS (Jewish Vocational Service)

354 Eisenhower Parkway Plaza 1 – Ste 2850

Livingston, NJ  07039

10am – 12 pm


Wednesday, April 24

(Registration Deadline April 17)

(WARREN) Warren County Community College

Room E110

1st Floor – East Wing

475 NJ-57

Washington, NJ  07882

1pm – 3pm

Wednesday, May 29st

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Forum

(Trenton)The Talking Book & Braille Center

Conference room

2300 Stuyvesant Avenue

Trenton, NJ  08611

1pm - 3pm


The purpose for these Public Forums is:

To discuss, explore and identify legislative initiatives needed to enable more individuals with significant disabilities to gain and maintain meaningful employment;

To assess the needs of people with disabilities in their quest for employment; and






To discuss Service provision to individuals with Autism, ID/DD, Mental Health Issues


Online registration required: http://njgov/labor/lwdhome/content/electronicforms/publicforums.html






Meet the New Director of DDHH April 26, 2019

Posted by New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates on March 20, 2019 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Meet the new Director of DDHH. 

Meeting is open to the public.  Interpreters and CART will be provided.  Agenda to be announced

NJBDA Diversity Celebration - Call for Food

Posted by New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates on July 29, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We need food contributions from your country:

American food

Jamaican food

Haiti food

Spanish food, Soul Food, Japanese food, Korean food, Italian food, Dominican, Irish food

Please let us by Aug 30                                     Thank you in advance

Interpreters of Color (ITOC) Recruitment Announcement

Posted by New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates on November 20, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, I’m James Mallory Wiggins, I was State screened in 1992 and later went on to become nationally certified through RID. My motivation for interpreting is from my adopted father Howard; he instilled in me the importance of being accurate in my interpretation and trusted me to lead the way when he needed his voice heard - this led me to where I am today.

I’ve been interpreting for the past 20 years. As a group (ITOC and Allies), my goal is to see us RISE and expand and to see more of us, especially in Leadership roles and in the field of interpreting. I would encourage everyone to do a little bit; as a person of color I know the challenges that are laid before us and that are presented to us, and yet, that has never stopped us from pushing forward.

The question I would ask other members of color is, are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Please consider joining us in making momentous changes that we want to see reflected in our beautiful DIVERSE world.


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Theaters Arts for Deaf People of Color

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This unique one-week leadership training program is designed specifically for deaf people of color who are interested in professional and/or leisure participation in deaf theaters.

Explore the history of deaf theater and its cultural contexts

Practice theatrical expression

Gain knowledge and skills in actor movement

Increase physical awareness for stage work

Learn character development for the stage

Develop play production skills

Tuition: $837*

Lead instructor: Fred Beam, founder of Invisible Hands, International, Inc.

Registration deadline: June 6, 2016

Registration questions: [email protected]


* Financial assistance is available for tuition and housing.

Contact [email protected].


Note: Check-in is Sunday, June 19 by noon for an afternoon orientation. Check-out is Saturday morning, June 25.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, Jun 1 at 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday, Jun 7 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday, Jun 14 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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