About the Contributor: Meriam Jawhar

Meriam JawharA grassroots coordinator and an advocate for people with disabilities, Meriam Jawhar has worked for the New Mexico Disability Planning Council since 2008. She is also the advocacy officer for the board of directors of the New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition. Work she did in the past on local legislation for people with disabilities has led to her current work as an independent lobbyist, mostly on issues related to Health and Human Services. She has served as a caregiver twice, both times for clients who were also her friends.

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