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Meet The Director
Jane Dunhamn’s experience in disability related fields spans 40 years. For the past decade, Ms. Dunhamn’s work has focused on the intersections of race and disability.
Ms. Dunhamn is a founding member of the National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) and Vice Chair of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention (NJ BIC). In 2009, at her behest, a BIC Board Member and State Senate Leader championed legislation to establish a commission to study disparities in NJ and lead initiatives for change. The bill passed into Public Law on January 29, 2015. Ms. Dunhamn also served two terms as a member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (NJ SAC )
In her role of Director of the National Black Disability Coalition Ms. Dunham is currently spearheading an initiative to establish Black Disability Studies at universities throughout the US.
Jane is also a past board member for the Society for Disability Studies (SDS), the academic arm of disability and served as co-chair of the SDS People of Color Caucus.
Most recently, in 2015, she was appointed to the Advisory Board of the national Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment Technical Assistance Center (RAISE), a network that provides technical assistance to Parent Training and Information Centers that are supported by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA-PTICs).
Ms. Dunhamn, a nationally recognized speaker, has served in a professional capacity for numerous national organizations including the U.S. Women's Bureau, the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, and United Cerebral Palsy Association. She has also guest lectured at universities including those in her home state, Montclair State University, Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.
Ms. Dunhamn received the Exemplary Practice Award from the New Jersey Human Relations Council for her work in the intersections of disability and race.