The mood inside Tao's Restaurant in East Rutherford on May 7 was light. Music played as those in attendance casually helped themselves to a breakfast spread of fruit, bagels and coffee, and mingled before the start of a presentation geared toward addressing the state of affairs for children and adults with disabilities. But the message from presenters stood in stark contrast to the casual atmosphere.
Parents of children and adults with disabilities gathered to voice their concerns regarding issues confronting the disabled which they say include weakened and disappearing case management services, the decrease of housing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and a failure to enforce Federal Special Education Law. In addition, concern from parents and those in attendance stemmed from the New Jersey Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for adults with disabilities.