Joe Amoroso, 39, is currently the acting division director for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services. Amoroso, who has cerebral palsy, oversees a budget of over $300 million and hopes to drop the “acting” from his title.
How’d you join the crip club?
My true awareness started in my early college career when I first moved away from home and had to deal with emergencies myself. My crutches broke on a Sunday afternoon, and when I called my dad he said, “What are you going to do?” He was halfway out the door and in the car on the way to help me when I told him I had found a medical supplies store and bought a new pair.
What is your passion?
Social justice. It drives me bananas that people are treated differently because of something not under their control, and disability is one of these things.
What’s your motto?
Facta non verba — “Deeds, not