01:377:324 Movement Experiences for Individuals with Disabilities
Javier Robles is President of Thisabled, LLC, an organization that provides support to persons with disabilities through self-empowerment and perseverance. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University. He is a Juris Doctor graduate of Seton Hall Law School and a graduate of Rutgers University.
An unfortunate accident at the age of 16 caused Robles to become a C5 quadriplegic, and his doctors told him that he would never regain any movement or strength in his body, never have children, and become dependent on Social Security for the long term. Rejecting these assumptions and determined to beat the odds, he went on to finish his education and launch a prolific career. Until 2010, he served as the Deputy Director of the NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS), a $370 million division situated in the New Jersey Department of Human Services and which provides monthly services to over 19,000 people with disabilities. He also worked as the Project Officer for the NJ Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, which sought to change employment outcomes for people with disabilities, and he oversaw the Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP), the NJ Modular Ramp and Low-Riser Step Program, and the Personal Preference Program, and was a member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on immigration.
Robles was also past Chairperson of the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and the Disabled, a past member of the Governor's Working Group on Latino Issues, and he served on the NJIT's EmployMe! and Business Advisory Council. He was an organizer for both New Jersey's first Latino Health Conference and the Latinos with Disabilities Employment Conference and was the planning group's Chairperson for the Governor's Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities and for the African Americans with Disabilities Employment Conference. Moreover, he was a delegate and founding member of the Latino Leadership Alliance of NJ, a statewide umbrella organization for Hispanic agencies and businesses, and a board member of both Canine Companions for Independence and Project Freedom.
Awards and Achievements
Minorities with Disabilities Advocacy Award
Seton Hall University Ramon Ramos Medal of Courage
Comite Noviembre Award
Rutgers University President of the year Award
Project Freedom's Angel Award
Northeast Ambassador for Canine Companions for Independence
Javier has been published in Seleciones, New Mobility, Disability.gov, Survival After SCI, and ThisAbled.com.