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Ina White, MA

Ina WhiteIna White is Community Outreach Coordinator at The Boggs Center under a subcontract with Kean University, Union, New Jersey.

In her role as Community Outreach Coordinator, Ina provides information and referral services to students, agencies, community members with disabilities and family members on issues of importance to people with disabilities such as legislation, transportation, recreation, and barrier-free design. She also provides technical assistance to agencies and organizations serving persons with disabilities through active participation on a variety of boards and committees, including the New Jersey Transit ADA Task Force, the New Jersey Cultural Access Network (formerly the Arts Access Task Force), the Advisory Council to the Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc., and the Board of Trustees of New Jersey CART (Coalition for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology). Ina also speaks to classes and community groups on topics such as “Serving Persons with Disabilities”, “ ADA and Related Legislation”, Assistive Technology and Barrier-free Design.

In 1992, Ina was one of 400 persons with disabilities from around the country selected as part of the ADA Implementation Network to receive extensive training in the Americans with Disabilities Act by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), a project sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunity and the U.S. Department of Justice.

She has been an adjunct instructor at Kean University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, and over the years, has planned and conducted numerous training sessions on such topics as “Leadership”, “Developing the Counselor-client Relationship”, and “Self-Advocacy, Leadership and Networking” and Section 504. In addition, Ina has mentored numerous Special Education, Psychology, and Social Work students who have served as volunteers with a weekly recreation/self-advocacy group for adults with developmental disabilities, which she coordinates.

For six years, she served as a member of the State Special Education Advisory Council. For ten years, she was Chairperson of the Barrier-free Subcode Committee of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board, Department of Community Affairs and continues to serve as a member of the Committee.

Ina has been recognized on numerous occasions for her advocacy efforts over the years, including the Ann Klein Advocate Award from the Community Health Law Project, the Evelyn Aronow Dolan Citizens Award from the New Jersey Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, a Special Achievement recognition Award from the Union County Human Rights Commission, and the Distinguished Graduate Alumna Award from Kean University. She was named to the Hall of Fame of her high school, Jonathan Dayton Regional High School.

Ina received a Master of Arts degree in Speech Correction from Kean University and started her career as a Claims Representative with the Social Security Administration.

Work Address:
The Boggs Center
Liberty Plaza, 335 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 908-737-3857
Email: iwhite8387@aol.com

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