LGBTQ+ WAE, scheduled to meet virtually on December 20, 7 pm, offers a welcoming space for LGBTQ+ adults with developmental disabilities to interact with others who share similar experiences. Offered by the Wellness, Art and Enrichment (WAE) Center, Livingston, NJ, the group continues to invite new members, including allies, to attend.
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Dec. 7, 2022 - PRLog -- On December 20, 7 pm, LGBTQ+ WAE will hold its virtual meeting. Part of the Wellness, Art and Enrichment (WAE) Center (Livingston, NJ), the group offers inclusivity and unconditional support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who identify as LGBTQ+. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, 7pm. Individuals interested in participating in the meeting can contact facilitator Lisa Corner at email@example.com to register. Meetings are free and open to the public. Allies are encouraged to attend.
LGBTQ+ WAE gives LGBTQ+ individuals a place to talk, laugh and learn together. It creates a welcoming and safe space for individuals to be their authentic selves and meet other people. The group explores topics such as LGBTQ+ laws, voting, self-care, and queer culture.
Lisa Corner has been involved with the LGBTQ+ rights community and movement for many years. She says, "I'm passionate about creating inclusive communities where all people are valued and able to express their full humanity. LGBTQ+ WAE is all about connection and learning."
Lisa has an MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University and has been a NJ teacher for 20+ years. The last three years Lisa spent as Director of PALS at Carmel Academy in Greenwich and then began a successful and progressive inclusion pathway for 2E K-8 students at The Mead School in Stamford.
About LGBTQ+ WAE and the WAE Center
LGBTQ+ WAE (www.jsddmetrowest.org/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. It also serves as a resource to caregivers, families, and allies so that they may better understand, support and advocate for the person in their care.
The WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center, a Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD) service, is an adult day program focused on adaptive arts and personal growth. The Center was founded on the belief and knowledge that each individual possesses the potential for creating a meaningful life, a process the Center calls "Finding the Spark Within." WAE's distinctive, holistic approach is built around tenets including dedication to the individual, unconditional acceptance, promoting self-expression, and embracing diversity and inclusion.
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