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Saturday ChangeMakers Discusses Autism/Special Needs with Safiyyah Amina Muhammad and Wafiyyah Muhammad 


EAST ORANGE, NJ - This Saturday April 29, 2017, the ChangeMakers Radio Show will discuss the impact of autism and special needs with Safiyyah Amina Muhammad and Wafiyyah Muhammad. ChangeMakers airs every Saturday from 10am-11am EST on 107.9 FM. In Studio Call In Lines: (973) 672- 1271 & (973) 677- 3753. You can also tune in online for Facebook Live on the The ChangeMakers Show Page, or via phone at (712) 832-2637.

Safiyyah Amina Muhammad

Safiyyah Amina Muhammad is a wife of 20 years, mother of five, and grandmother of two. She advocates for every cause; from disability rights issues, special education and public education disparities, juvenile justice matters to equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage and enacting federal paid sick leave laws to diversity and inclusion and promoting cultural competence. She is a passionate community leader, a committed public officer of the state, an engaging public speaker, and a compassionate advocate for all. There is no wonder why she has been invited to Washington DC and the White House, 3 times and counting; White House Summit on Working Families, the White House Champions of Change celebration, and the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition’s discussion on disabilities and faith with keynote speaker, Timothy Shriver. 

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Safiyyah also had a seat at the table during a very candid roundtable discussion regarding local and national paid sick days for employees with mayors of four major New Jersey cities and the United States Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez; during his brief visit to Newark, NJ, .

As a young, single mother to her eldest son, now 30 years of age, Safiyyah learned of the inequities within many public school systems, while challenging school districts to provide appropriate supports and services for her son after he was labeled as having Op-positional Defiance Disorder, Depression and behavioral challenges. It was then where she gained her voice as a champion for her children and for herself. Her eldest has followed in his mother’s footsteps. He has worked for nearly 5 years provide Direct Support Care to people with disabilities and her is currently the lead para-professional in a newly adopted special education program at one of Newark’s leading Charter Schools.

Wafiyyah Muhammad

Wafiyyah Muhammad is a veteran (31 years) educator of students with Special Needs. She currently teaches students with Autism at Camden Street School - Newark Public Schools. She has successfully petitioned three Newark Mayors (Cory Booker, Luis Quintana and Ras Baraka) requesting  Proclamations - declaring April As National Autism Awareness Month since 2011. She is the recipient of  the “Key to The City” –Newark, New Jersey (2014-Mayor Luis Quintana). She's been an Autism New Jersey Ambassador for several years (Google Wafiyyah Muhammad). In her school and in the community she organizes autism awareness events including: Decorating the school, Masjid, place of worship, library; organizing autism Awareness kick off parade, dress down days, reading a fact a day and fun days. She provides families, day cares and colleagues with packets of information on services and 'best practices'. She has received numerous awards from both the educational and professional community. 

New Jersey Council For Exceptional Children awarded her Teacher Of The Year (2013) Runner-up Award. In 2016, she was recognized by Newark Teachers Union at their first Member Recognition Awards dinner. She also received a letter of commendation from  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for her work spreading autism awareness.

As an independent consultant and CEO of Building Great Minds she services clients in the New Jersey Early Intervention System. She is a community advocate (successfully petitioning NPS to recognize the Muslim holiday)  and an advocate for individuals with disabilities. 

The Change Makers radio show has been making waves since it aired in October of 2015. Each week it features politicians, entertainers, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs alike along with other very notable guests. The co-hosts Royston Allman, Rebecca Saint Louis, and Eric Perryman

bring a combined twenty years of experience in broadcasting. Every Saturday you can hear them engaging in enlightening discussions with news-makers from across the country and abroad about the issues of the day.

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