Hamilton Square, NJ – ASAH, a not-for-profit organization comprised of private schools and agencies that provide highly specialized services to children with disabilities in New Jersey, has awarded Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee, a Trainer and Consultation Specialist at Rutgers-UBHC Behavioral Research and Training Institute for the Department of Children and Families, the Legacy of Caring Award.

Ms. D’Sylva-Lee has more than 25 years experience working with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in areas such as special education, family support, transition to adult services, person-centered planning and Medicaid home and community-based services.  She is responsible for driving partnerships with local, state, and federal governmental agencies and non-profit organizations that enhance access to quality services.

“Lorraine stands out as someone who has dedicated her life and career to making the world a better place for children and adults with disabilities and their families,” said Gerard Thiers, Executive Director of ASAH.

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“She continuously works to advance the issues of justice, inclusion, access, independence and integrity in the service delivery system for those with special needs. There is hardly a service system for those with disabilities in our state that has not been made better as a result of her efforts,” he concluded.

As a mother of three children, one with developmental disabilities, and a leader and advocate in developing awareness of the needs of individuals with disabilities, Ms. D’Sylva-Lee has demonstrated her dedication to the special education community. The Legacy of Caring Award will be presented at ASAH’s 39th Annual Conference in Atlantic City on November 18th of this year.

ABOUT: ASAH was founded in 1974 and now serves more than 145 schools and agencies throughout New Jersey. ASAH hosts several workshops during the year for educators, professionals and parents helping communities and families navigate their way through matters associated with disabilities. ASAH provides a Private School Placement Toolkit for families and educators to aid in the process of advocating for special education services.  For more information on ASAH and/or the upcoming conference, visit http://www.asah.org or phone 609-890-1400.