Partners in Advocating, Partners in Life
Eric Smith and Safi yyah Muhammad of East Orange are not only partners in marriage, but also partners in advocacy. Muhammad attended Partners in Policymaking (PIP) in 2007, followed by Smith, who attended the leadership training program in 2008. The couple has five children between the ages of 6 and 21, including their son Sufyaan Muhammad, 10, who has autism.
Muhammad has been active with the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and Autism NJ. She has developed a large network of parents, including a number of online connections. The best source of networking that she found, however, has been PIP. "PIP taught me the importance of the power of networking. And it helped me understand policies and legislation."