LGBTQ+ WAE

Where Inclusion, Equality & Community Intersect

LGBTQ+ WAE: The Power of an Inclusive Community

The intention of LGBTQ+ WAE is to bring together a group of people who share similar life experiences and to enjoy the support of that community.

The goal: to lessen the isolation and reduce stereotypes and misperceptions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who identify as LGBTQ+.

Regularly scheduled online or in-person meetings allow participants to connect with others who deal with similar issues in a more diverse group than they might otherwise encounter.

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A Safe Place for the IDD and ASD Community and Allies

LGBTQ+ WAE is a community focused on social interaction, education, individual expression, and advocacy for people with IDD and/or ASD who self-identify as LGBTQ+. The group supports each individual and their community in expanding knowledge and understanding of day-to-day issues faced by people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, it serves as a resource to caregivers, families, and allies so that they may better understand, support and advocate for the person in their care.

Holistic Approach to Wellness

The community aligns with the WAE Center’s philosophy of “Finding the Spark Within” each individual and supporting their discovery process.

The WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center’s distinctive approach is built around:

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Have questions about LGBTQ+ WAE?

For more information and to join us, email our facilitator Mica Camacho-Tenreiro at lgbtqwae@jsdd.org.

Meet our facilitator, Mica Camacho-Tenreiro

Imaginative | Hopeful

Micaela Camacho-Tenreiro is a Venezuelan-American poet, dancer, and translator. Her writing appears in the American Poetry Review and has been featured in Brooklyn Poets’ Poet of the Week series. She received a 2023 Finalist award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and holds a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University.

As a facilitator, Micaela Camacho-Tenreiro has led classes, workshops, open mics, reading groups, meditations, community gatherings, and accountability processes. Her work brings her to libraries, universities, prisons, and senior centers. As a space-holder, she aims to foster presence, connection, and curiosity.

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Supported by a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of NJ

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The WAE Center is open to all adults with developmental disabilities who have the desire to participate in our dynamic, person-centered community. To learn more, contact us.

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