Senate President Steve Sweeney was named Humanitarian of the Year by Community Access Unlimited, a Elizabeth-based statewide non-profit that provides support services to adults “and youths with disabilities.
We work hard to empower all people with disabilities and enable them to live fulfilled lives,” the group’s Executive Director Sidney Blanchard said. “We are able to do so much because of people like Senate President Sweeney and other wonderful allies from many different communities, including the religious community, private businesses and elected officials from across the state.”
The annual award is presented to someone who has supported people with disabilities.
Sweeney, whose daughter was born with down syndrome, pushed state relief for schools’ cash-strapped special education special education programs through in the budget the state passed in June.
“Helping people with disabilities has been a passion of mine since my daughter was born,” Sweeney said. “I have made it a priority since I entered elected office to aid those with disabilities in any way I can. The real heroes though are organizations like Community Access Unlimited who provide support for people with disabilities.