Assemblywoman Downey Receives Family Resource Network “Legislator of the Year” Award

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey thanked the staff, volunteers, and board of the Family Resource Network following her acceptance of the nonprofit’s “Legislator of the Year” Award at the Family Resource Network Impact Awards in Florham Park this Thursday, crediting recent progress in the State Legislature to the hard-fought efforts of disability allies and self-advocates throughout New Jersey.

“When you look at all of the challenges that members of the disability community face, from mundane obstacles in daily life to systemic challenges across our State, it’s truly awe-inspiring to see the tremendous strides that this community has made in the past several years,” said Downey (D-Freehold), who serves as Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. “I was proud to fight for the enactment of Jake Honig’s Law this past year, expanding access to medical cannabis and bringing much-needed relief to patients with epilepsy and other chronic diseases, as well as many other legislative efforts to improve the lives of those with disabilities.

“A large part of our legislative success has been due to the unwavering support provided by organizations such as the Family Resource Center, who work hard to provide real community-based services in order to meet the unique needs of those with disabilities. I'm honored to accept this award from an organization that has done so much to support and educate children with intellectual and developmental disabilities; assisted families with mobility and health education; and spread awareness on healthy eating and mental wellness programs. Thank you so much for all that you do - I’m excited to continue working alongside you as we keep up our efforts to allow every New Jerseyan with disabilities to live with dignity, autonomy, and a high quality of life.”

The Family Resource Network (FRN) is a comprehensive family-focused umbrella of organizations designed to meet the growing need for community-based programs and services to individuals and families with a variety of disabilities and chronic conditions through its three affiliate organizations: Autism Family Services of New Jersey, Caregivers of New Jersey, and Epilepsy Services New Jersey.. FRN serves approximately 30,000 individuals annually.

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