CAU speaks on regional radio stations, educating people on March Disability Awareness Month
Joanne Oppelt of Community Access Unlimited Interviewed on 1450 AM WCTC Radio
Joanne Oppelt appeared on 1450 WCTC Radio to help bring attention to Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to share the work she does to help people with her organization CAU. Listen to the whole interview!
CAU Assistant Executive Director Joanne Oppelt Interviewed on WFME 1560AM
Joanne Oppelt appeared on WFME Reports on 1560AM WFME radio to discuss CAU, it’s history and mission of helping those with developmental disabilities integrate into the community. Have a listen!
Joanne Oppelt, Assistant Executive Director of CAU, Interviewed on NY 106.7 Light FM
Community Access Unlimited, based in Elizabeth, NJ, helps people with disabilities achieve independence through a variety of supports and services. We discuss their work, inclusion and employment opportunities with Assistant Executive Director Joanne Oppelt. Listen to the interview below!
Developmentally Disabled People Not as Hidden or Ignored
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month as a way to recognize the contributions of Americans who, because of their various disabilities, had been previously ignored, shuttered away in institutions, and denied full inclusion in their communities.
“Oftentimes, people with disabilities are not given a voice,” Joanne Oppelt, assistant executive director for business development at New Jersey-based Community Access Unlimited, said. “They’re shunted into the corner and they’re not given a voice, and that’s really sad.”
‘Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month’ is Year Round at CAU
Community Access Unlimited was founded over 35 years ago through a one-year grant to take people out of developmental institutions and put them into the community, says CAU Assistant Executive Director of Business Development Joanne Oppelt.
“Whatever they needed. Supported housing, supported employment, getting people jobs, recreational trips, and advocacy trips in terms of speaking up for the rights of people with disabilities. There are a lot of civil rights issues involved for people with disabilities who are not perceived as being equal to people with disabilities.”