AGE: 18 and up
COST: Bring money for food and drinks (average cost is $12)
Come enjoy a night out with ACI at Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe! Eat dinner and stay for some live music. Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe is accessible and near a bus route. To see the full menu, please visit: vangoghsearcafe.com.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 1st. In the event of inclement weather, you will be contacted by 4:00 PM.
ACI has partnered with St. Peter's University Hospital's Community Mobile Health Services to offer free flu shots! Staff from St. Peter's will be on hand to give out information.
NOTE: Please bring your Medicare Card Part B or Insurance Card.
- If Medicare part B is your primary insurance you must present your card at the time of the Flu Clinic.
- If you are in a HMO, you should receive your immunizations at your HMO facility.
- For those without Medicare part B, we can bill your private insurance provider.
- If you do not have insurance, you can pay with cash or check and will be given a receipt.
- Standard flu immunization: $25.00 (18 years and over)
- High Dose flu immunization: $40.00 (65 years and over)
ACI along with Alex and Ani will be holding a Charmed by Charity event in Red Bank in which a portion of in-store sales will be donated to ACI. Help support us by coming out and purchasing some of their awesome bracelets. ACI would like to thank Alex and Ani Red Bank for their help in supporting our cause!
Calling all goblins, ghosts, and creatures of the night! On Friday, October 21st, between the bewitching hours of 6:30 and 8:30 PM, put on your costumes and CREEP, FLOAT, or CRAWL on over to ACI!
Sit around our faux campfire for CHILLING TALES if you dare! Watch OUT! Something might be lurking in the woods around you!
Light dinner and refreshments served. Accommodations upon request.
Registration deadline is October 14th.
ACI is hosting a Presidential Debate Watch party. Come and watch the third presidential debate on our big screen TV and share your thoughts and opinions!
The New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration is a grass-roots effort organized and hosted by ACI with the support of the statewide disability community. The 6th Annual NJDPP will be held on Friday, October 7th at 9:00 AM in downtown Trenton, NJ. We are expecting hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities to march and roll from the State House to the post-parade celebration on East Lafayette Street.
For more information, please visit njdisabilitypride.com.
If you plan on attending, let us know by filling out the form below!
Attention all movie fans! Join ACI at the Mountainside Public Library to test your knowledge and have a few laughs. We will be playing the premier movie trivia game, with real movie clips, Scene It? 2nd Edition!
Light refreshments will be served.
Registration deadline is September 15th.
Are you registered?
On November 8th, voters will go to the polls and elect a new president. This year's election is critical to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, 3 million eligible voters with disabilities did not vote in the last Presidential Election.
Help us get the disability vote out!
The Alliance Center for Independence and REV UP New Jersey will be hosting a Disability Voter Registration Day! Stop by our office on September 14th and we will get you registered to vote just in time for this year's election. Everyone who comes by and registers will receive a free REV UP NJ t-shirt.
Questions? Contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-738-4388.
This work is supported with a grant from the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Disability Health & Wellness Program Assistant, Gianna Marchesi, will be coming to ACI for a presentation on health and fitness for people with disabilities.
Topics will include:
- Fitness tips
- Healthy living as a whole
- Review healthy foods (organic vs. non-organic)
- Examples of exercises based on level of ability (with audience participation)
- Free healthy snacks and guides for all participants!
On Thursday, September 8th at 3:00 PM ET, the REV UP Campaign will host a National Organizing Call to help coordinate the disability community's participation in National Voter Registration Day. You can register to join the call by clicking here. Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director, will be presenting on the call. Join us and learn about how you can get involved.
Topics to be covered:
- Review the role of the REV UP Campaign
- Recap National Disability Voter Registration Week
- Discuss how to prepare to participate in National Voter Registration Day
- Learn about Successful State GOTV Strategies & Engagement
- Set up state REV UP calls to support voter registration and GOTV efforts
Would you like to learn about poetry? Would you like to share and get feedback on a poem that you are working on? Or just come and read a poem from your favorite poet? Then come join ACI at our poetry workshop!
Light refreshments will be served.
Registration deadline is August 19th.
Join ACI, disability organizations and advocates throughout the state in Trenton on Monday, July 25th, as we launch our REV UP New Jersey voting campaign.
Come out and learn about how your vote can make an impact in this year's election! Grab some promotional items, enjoy live music, hear from voting rights activists, and help us make our vote count!
REV UP New Jersey is part of a non-partisan nationwide effort to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the election process. In this crucial presidential election year, REV UP NJ seeks to increase voter turn out, eliminate the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from voting and educated voters on the candidates and issues.
The event will take place on the steps on the NJ State House at 125 West State Street in Trenton.
- Mercer County Trade Transportation will be providing a shuttle to and from the NJ State House and the train station
- Entertainment by Gary C
- Speakers: Assemblyman Eric Houghtailing, Norman Smith, RespectabilityUS, Stan Soden, Chris Miller, Lindsey Tuman and other self-advocates
- Sign language interpreters
- A large tent for shade and folding chairs
- Free swag!
- Exhibit tables: NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights NJ, Alliance Center for Independence, League of Women Voters
Presenters: Edward H. Haas, Legal Specialist, NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, Division on Civil Rights and a representative from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards (invited).
Topics to be covered: NJ Barrier-Free Subcode (the basics), the uniformed commercial code, the role of the local code enforcer, and how to file a complaint against alleged violations.
If you face physical barriers in your community and are not sure where to turn, this workshop is for you!
This workshop is presented by ACI's Middlesex County Advocacy Group.
The disability community is outraged that the Trump campaign had refused to respond to the disability questionnaire posed to it by RespectAbiltyUSA. We demand to know what his stance is on education, employment, housing, enforcement of the ADA, Social Security, and other issues that are important to us.
On July 14th, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, call or email the Trump Campaign Headquarters and demand that Donald Trump respond the to the disability questionnaire!
WHAT TO DO
- Call the Trump for President HQ in New York City at 646-736-1779. Ask to speak to a policy person in the campaign (might have to leave a message).
- Let them know that you are a VOTER and are one of 54 million citizens with a disability.
- Tell them it’s important that the Trump campaign respond to the disability RespectAbilityUSA questionnaire.
- Offer to send the RespectAbilityUSA questionnaire (which can be found at respectabilityusa.com/pwdsvote-2016-campaign-questionnaire) to the campaign (email address is email@example.com).
- Not sure what to say? See script below.
Your call will make a difference!
“Hello, my name is __________________________ and I am a person with a disability.”
“I am calling to request that the Trump campaign respond to questionnaire posed to it by the disability advocacy group RespectAbilityUSA. Because there are 54 million citizens with disabilities in the US his response is critical.”
“The questions were sent to all the candidates back in January. All but the Trump campaign has responded.”
“When should we expect a response?”
You may end up having to leave a voice mail massage. Please make sure you leave your name and number.
Offer to send the questionnaire by email. Here is a sample of what to say in the body of the email.
My name is____________________, and I am a person with a disability.
I am writing to urge your campaign to respond to the 16 disability-related questionnaire posed by RespectAbilityUSA, a Maryland-based disability advocacy group.
Here is the link to the RespectAbilityUSA Presidential Questionnaire on disability-related issues: respectabilityusa.com/pwdsvote-2016-campaign-questionnaire.
Because there are 54 million Americans with disabilities, the importance of the Trump for President Campaign to respond to the questions is imperative. The questions were first submitted to all the candidates back in January. All but the Trump campaign have answered at this point.
Thank you very much for your anticipated response. In the meantime, here is the RespectAbilityUSA website: respectabilityusa.com.
If you have any questions, I can be reached at (phone number) or (email).
Please copy us on your email or contact Luke Koppisch (firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-738-4388) at the Alliance Center for Independence to let us know that you called. We would like to keep track of how many calls were made to the campaign and what their response was.
Contact Donald Trump directly on Twitter with a link to the questionnaire. Here's an example of what you can tweet.
"@realDonaldTrump The #disability community needs to you to address our issues! http://respectabilityusa.com/pwdsvote-2016-campaign-questionnaire"
COST: FREE but donations are always welcome!
Join ACI at TD Bank Ballpark to cheer for our Somerset Patriots on to victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers!
Meet us at the main entrance at 6:30 PM to pick up your ticket.
Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations made upon request. Bring money for concessions if desired.
Registration deadline is June 27th.
NOTE: All tickets have been claimed. Click the button below to be added to the waiting list.
COST: $7.00 at the door. $5.00 for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Cash only.
Join ACI at Roosevelt Park for a theatrical journey under the sea and back to 1989. Plays in the Park is proud to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid live on stage!
Please meet us at the ticket booth at 6:30 PM. Parking is free but first come first serve. Transportation will not be provided. Bring money for concessions or bring food from home. Bring a lawn chair no higher than 40 inches if you need a seat.
Sensory Seminar Audio Description: Starts at 7:00 PM (Sensory Seminar for people with visual impairments or those interested. The Audio Describer explains a bit about the show: characters, scenic elements, group has a chance to touch costumes, props and/or set pieces, sometimes the actors are present and speak a little to the group so their voices can be identified).
Registration deadline is June 9th.
Are you protected from the sun? ACI has partnered with St. Peter's University Hospital's Community Mobile Health Services to offer free sun damage screenings! Staff from St. Peter's will be on hand to give out information and advise on how to protect your skin during the summer months.
The DermaScan is an instrument that magnifies the image of your face using a black light. The black light will highlight the harmful effects of overexposure (sun damage) from the sun’s UV rays. The registered nurse will alert you to the areas of the face that are oily, dry or sun damaged. We will discuss and provide literature on the sun’s damaging rays and the importance of wearing sun screen. This is not a skin cancer screening.
ACI, along with ADAPT of Philadelphia and other disability rights organizations, will protest Princeton University's continuing practice of discriminating against students with disabilities. Professor Peter Singer, who advocates denying health care coverage for infants born with severe disabilities, is still a faculty member. And recently a graduate student with a disability waged a hunger strike to protest the University's denial of her request for reasonable accommodations.
BRING YOUR OWN SIGNS!
Bring hand made signs, placards and your outrage! Hand-held signs cannot be attached to sticks or similar objects.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00
ACI invites you to come learn about gardening! Jerri Barclay and Anne Ryder from the Rutgers Master Gardeners Program will be presenting information about the basics of gardening and how to adapt common gardening practices to different needs. There will also be an interactive portion of the presentation where participants will have the opportunity to have some hands on experience with plants. So wear something you don’t mind getting dirty and let’s watch those thumbs turn green!
Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request.
Registration deadline is May 19th.
NOTE: The workshop is currently full. Click the button below to be added to the waiting list. We will notify you if a spot opens up!
On Wednesday, May 25th, ACI will host a slideshow presentation and lecture on the Holocaust and people with disabilities. The event will feature a presentation by Holocaust survivor, Theodore “Teddy” Halpern, who will share his experiences as a young boy with a disability. Also presenting will be Ilyse Muser Shainbrown, who recently completed her masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University and presently interning at the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest in Whippany, NJ.
Over 275,000 people with disabilities were murdered during the Holocaust of World War II. This event is our way of honoring the survivors and remember the victims.
Light refreshments will be served.
Registration deadline is Friday, May 20th. Register soon as there are only a few seats left!
The Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included presentation will give the participants the tools to work within their own communities so they will be able to execute their own shelter exercise.
The exercise brings together all community stakeholders to participate in a full scale overnight experience. It is essential to bring together first responders and the disability community as equal partners. By doing so, barriers are removed and each community can learn from the other. Preparing first responders and people with disabilities for the next disaster together will save lives.
Presented by: Madeleine Goldfarb, Noah’s Ark Institute, Carole Tonks/Luke Koppisch, Alliance Center for Independence and John Ferguson, Middlesex OEM.
For more information, please visit: njepa.org/sessions/overnight-shelter-exercise
The Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Protest March is a movement to demand improvements in education, communication access and employment opportunities for our community, as we are still facing discrimination. It also hopes to strengthen the pride, diversity, and unity of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing community and its families and friends. Everyone who believes that Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals are a natural part of human diversity and supports the Deaf Grassroots Movement is invited to participate in the march.
For more details and to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/569336656576326
The New Jersey Statewide independent Living Council (NJSILC), in conjunction with the Directors of Centers for Independent Living, the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, has drafted a new three year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).
Feedback is invited from IL consumers, their families, advocates, service providers and other interested parties, especially regarding SPIL goals; underserved areas/populations; and expansion of the CIL Network should additional funding become available.
Public Forums will be conducted from Noon to 2 p.m. on April 25 and 26, 2016 at two locations:
These sites are physically accessible.
If you require other accommodations, such as deaf language interpreters, you must email or call the SILC Coordinator with your request by April 8. After that, time may be too short to arrange accommodations.
Feedback may also be given via letter, email and telephone from April 25 through the 29th.
Letter: please mail to NJSILC Coordinator 25 Caroline Drive South River, NJ 08882
Email: please send to SILC Coordinator to email@example.com
Phone: please call the Coordinator at 732-254-2484 M-F between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to dictate your remarks (if no one is available, your call will be returned if you leave your name and number)
Letters, emails and calls MUST be received by 4/29/16 in order to be included in the Forum report that will be sent to the Council and CIL Directors for their final review the new State Plan.
To read the draft State Plan for Independent Living, please go to the NJSILC website or, to review a hard copy, visit or call your local Center for Independent Living.
The NJSILC website address is www.njsilc.org. The home page will describe how to access the electronic version of the Plan and also can direct you to contact information for each of the State’s Centers for Independent Living.
If you plan to attend a Forum, please tell the Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-254-2484) and, if possible, bring a written copy of your remarks for the record; however, neither advance notice nor a written commentary are required for you to participate. Just join us if you can!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join ACI in decorating your t-shirt and help bring awareness to sexual assault!
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts that are decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or someone who cares about her.
The purpose of the project is to bear witness to survivors and victims of the war against women, to help with the healing process for survivors and loved ones, to educate and raise awareness, and to provide a nationwide network of support. You do not have to be a survivor of sexual abuse to participate.
Materials and t-shirts will be provided. All of the shirts will be hung in the ACI building during the month of April.
Come and join us for a pre-Earth Day celebration! In an effort to increase the population of the Monarch butterfly, you will be planting your own milkweed. The milkweed plant provides the nourishment the Monarch needs to transform from a caterpillar into a adult butterfly. The plants are rapidly disappearing due to the widespread spraying of weed killer on the fields where they grow.
Afterwards, we will watch a documentary on the migration of these amazing butterflies. You will also be given packets of milkweed seeds to hand out to your friends.
Light snacks will be provided.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00
Bring your enthusiasm to the Alliance Center for Independence for an evening of fun games and socializing! We will be playing UNO, Connect Four, and Taboo!
Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Accommodations provided upon request.
Registration deadline is Monday, April 11th. In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 1/4 women and 1/6 men experience some form of sexual violence and people with disabilities are at a higher risk of victimization. ACI supports survivors of sexual violence and you can too. The material denim and color teal are symbols of sexual assault awareness.
Join us on April 15th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, as we create denim and teal pins to raise awareness and show support for sexual violence survivors.
Light refreshments will be served.
During the first week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
Join us while we promote National Public Health Week by carrying signs and walking & rolling for our health! We will be meeting at the Roosevelt Park Family Ice Rink (located at 151 Parsonage Road, Edison, NJ 08837) near the basketball courts.
COST: $55, $35 for Collaborating Partners, Sexual Violence Advocates and SANEs
All individuals have a right to freely explore the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations free from exploitation, threats and violence. It is time to collectively embrace and encourage individuals with I/DD to explore their sexualities.
Join us as we bring together LGBT and disability resources to integrate, collaborate, and find a community for individuals with I/DD who identify as LGBT.
Who Should Attend: Mental health professionals, health and human service providers, developmental disabilities agency direct care staff, sexual violence advocates and SANES, case managers, behavior specialists, self-advocates, parents and caregivers.
Sexuality, Health, Awareness, Rights, Education and Safety
Task Force for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SHARES members include:
- Finding Your Individuality (FYI)
- Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) NJ
- Developmental Disabilities Center (DDC) at Morristown Medical Center
- Atlantic Health /Morris CARES (formerly known as the Morris County Sexual Assault Center)
- NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS)
- Middlesex LEADS a Collaborative of the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment and the Alliance Center for Independence
More information and registration coming soon!
To learn more about the conference and/or SHARES Task Force, please contact Tracy A. Higgins at:
Finding Your Individuality, 775 Mountain Boulevard, Suite 15 Watchung, NJ 07069
The Alliance Center for Independence, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Township of Woodbridge invites you to a special ribbon cutting ceremony to officially mark the installation of audio crosswalk signals at 12 intersections along Amboy Avenue in Fords.
The ceremony will take place at 10:00 AM at the corner of Amboy Ave and Ford Ave (across from the 7-11) in Fords, NJ and will feature speeches by Midldesex County Freehold Board Director Ronald Rios, the Mayor of Woodbridge, John McCormac, and other dignitaries.
Try out the the new audio crosswalk signals! The new signals help people in the area, including those with disabilities and visual impairments, cross the busy streets safely.
Immediately following the ceremony there will be a continental breakfast reception at the Alliance Center for Independence, located in the Beacon Building on 629 Amboy Ave (one block from Ford Ave).
ACI has teamed up with Saint Peter's University Hospital, Community Mobile Health Program to conduct free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings as part of our series of health and wellness workshops.
Light and healthy snacks will be served. Fasting is not required for this screening.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI)! We will be screening The Secret of Kells, an Academy nominated animated movie about a young boy in a medieval outpost under siege and is beckoned to adventure when a master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers!
Light refreshments will be provided. Accommodations provided upon request.
Registration deadline is Thursday, March 10th. In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified.