Exercises in Empathy
Put your empathy into action!
Empathy (n): the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
How you can change the way the world defines and views disabilities:
Everyone deserves a chance to belong: in the classroom, on the playground, and even in the workplace. Check that your social groups, employment settings, and other spaces are inclusive to all. Find ways to support and integrate all levels of ability in ALL activities.
Grade yourself: is your home, community, and workplace accessible in every way to people of all levels of ability - whether deaf, blind, living with limited mobility or any other disability? Make a list of steps you can take to further open access to a wider group of ability levels.
Stop the Stigma
Continue to take advantage of opportunities to increase your understanding of mental health and other invisible disabilities. Doing so helps make the topic less taboo and encourages conversations that might end up saving someone’s life. In some cases, that life could even be your own.
When you volunteer your talents or give financially to organizations like ours, your support will help us deliver social services that empower participants to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
Be a Part of the Conversation
Share your experience today! Connect with organizations like ours on social media to use the power of our online networks to increase awareness, acceptance, and access in every way for all New Jersey citizens!
Did you know?
- In New Jersey, 1 in 34 children are diagnosed with autism1
- Only 19% of persons (16+) with disabilities were employed, compared to 65.9% of those without2
- 43.8 million addults experience mental illness in a given year3
- 1 in 4 of those who are deaf have reported having to leave a job due to discrimination4
No matter your race, creed, religion, age or economic standing, everyone has the potential to develop a disability.
1Center for Disease Control, 2U.S. Department of Labor, 3National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAJAMI), 4Total Jobs Survey 2016
Together we can make a more accessible New Jersey!
With 1 in 4 people in the U.S. living with a disability of some kind, it's more important than ever for us to address the issue of access and inclusion
For the lpast 100 years, with the help of our supporters, Easterseals has advocated for just that. Our goal is to make sure everyone is 100% empowered and 100% included.
That's where YOU come in.
Come see us at:
Lakewood BlueClaws Community Day - June 20
Quickcheck Festival of Ballooning - Readington - July 26-28
Middlesex County Fair - East Brunswick - August 5 - 11
Festival in the Borough - Washington - September< 14