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Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner



October 13, 2021

Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Accepting Nominations for 2021 Disability Advocates Awards

The Deadline to Submit Nominations Is Nov. 8


SOMERVILLE, NJ – Currently, the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is accepting nominations for the 2021 Disability Advocates Awards. Residents should nominate individuals, organizations or businesses that demonstrate exemplary support for persons with disabilities through advocacy, service and inclusion that supports independence and fosters empowerment. Previous winners and Somerset County employees are not eligible to apply. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 8.

“We need to continue to support and reward the efforts of advocates for persons with disabilities who have been fighting for these people to  have better access, more rights and greater inclusion so they can live a better quality of life,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul Drake. “When persons with disabilities can fully exercise their right to make choices and freely participate in their lives it becomes a greater asset to our communities and businesses.”

Nomination Forms

Nominations should be specific and include the name and contact information of the nominator and the nominee. To obtain a nomination form, visit or call 908-704-6346.

Hearing-impaired persons can obtain a nomination form by dialing 711 and get assistance from Telecommunications Relay Services. For more information about how to access this service, visit

Submit nomination forms to Sandra Avellan via email, fax or mail. Mail forms to the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, Attention: Sandra Avellan, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876, fax to 908-595-0194, or email to

Awards Presentation

Due to the pandemic, the awards presentation will occur via live stream at the Somerset County Commissioners meeting on Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. To view the Commissioners Meeting live, visit

For more information, contact the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, Disability Services Coordinator Sandra Avellan at 908-704-6334 or email

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