Alex and Ani - Charmed by Charity Fundraiser
Nov
6
6:00 pm18:00

Alex and Ani - Charmed by Charity Fundraiser

  • Alex and Ani Red Bank

ACI along with Alex and Ani will be holding a second Charmed by Charity event in Red Bank in which a portion of in-store sales will be given 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!

Night with the New Jersey Devils Fundraiser
Mar
17
7:00 pm19:00

Night with the New Jersey Devils Fundraiser

  • Prudential Center
Night with the New Jersey Devils
  $43.00 per ticket (order deadline is March 3rd)

ACI and the NJ Devils are partnering up to host a Night with the New Jersey Devils fundraiser! The Devils will be offering discounted tickets to ACI members and friends for the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, March 17th. Each ticket sale will directly help ACI!

Ticket purchase includes:

  • Group seating in the 100 level sideline section (seating chart)
  • All fans attending will receive a Devils gift!
  • A chance to ride the Zamboni! (please inquire while purchasing tickets)

To order tickets, please fill out an order form and send cash/checks to Alliance Center for Independence ATTN: Salma Harris, 629 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ 08837. Be sure to mention that it's for the NJ Devils fundraiser.

Tickets must be purchased and paid for in advance by March 3rd, 2015. Purchased tickets can be picked up at will call on the day of the game.

If you have any questions, please contact Salma Harris at 732-738-4388 ext. 120 or sharris@adacil.org.


NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2014
Oct
3
9:00 am09:00

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2014

  • NJ State House

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 4th Annual NJDPP will be held on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 AM in downtown Trenton, NJ. We are expecting over 500 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.

Checkers & Chess Day
Sep
12
5:00 pm17:00

Checkers & Chess Day

  • ACI
Checkers

SUGGESTED DONATION: $2.00

ACI will be having a Checkers & Chess Day that promises to be full of fun and excitement as you try your best to beat your opponent! No experience necessary! If interested then come join us on September 12th! Refreshments will be served!

Contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below to register.


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Emergency Preparedness Overnight
Aug
22
Aug 23

Emergency Preparedness Overnight

  • Livingston Recreation Center
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ACI, FEMA, the American Red Cross, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management and other stakeholders are organizing an overnight emergency shelter experience. This exercise will assist in an ongoing effort to improve the ability to provide service and support to individuals with disabilities during disasters.

We are looking for 50 participants and 50 volunteers to assist with the event. Volunteers are needed from 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday (shifts are 4 hours long) and participants will stay overnight from 8:00 PM on Friday to 8:00 AM on Saturday.

UPDATE: All volunteer shifts have been filled. Registration is now only open to participants.


FAQs

How will I get there?

The shelter is not an Access Link route (something to discuss in the event of a real disaster).

  • If you are not driving yourself, the ACI office will serve as a pick up and drop off center.  Please arrive at our center by 6:30pm on Friday evening and arrange for pick up from ACI at 8:30 am on Saturday morning. We are located at 629 Amboy Ave in Edison, NJ. Parking is located in the back of the building. Please use the back entrance, we are the first office on the right as you enter the building.
  • Middlesex County will be providing shuttle service from ACI using their new buses which accommodate 14 wheelchairs and have two loading areas.
  • For those you coming by train to the New Brunswick station, there will be a Rutgers shuttle bus driven by one of the public safety staff waiting at the train station on Wall Street. Wall Street is in back of the train station and parallels Albany Street.  (Click here for a map and the schedule for the NJ Transit North East Corridor). Please plan to be at this location at 7pm.  The shuttle will also do a return run to this location in the morning.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring the items you would take with you in the event of a one day emergency evacuation. This would include medication, cell phone chargers, change of clothes, etc.

Where do I go when I get there?

You will dropped off at the entrance, please follow signs to the registration area.


If interested in participating, please fill out the form below.


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Basic Computer Skills - Session 2
Aug
21
10:00 am10:00

Basic Computer Skills - Session 2

  • ACI
Basic Computer Skills

SUGGESTED DONATION: Canned good or non-perishable food item for the ACI Food Pantry

ACI will be offering a free two-part computer workshop on August 19th and 21st. Classes will be taught by AnnMarie Torres, a former computer programmer. Certification of completion given to those who attend both sessions.

Topics to be covered:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

To RSVP for session 2, contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or fill out the form below. Click here for session 1. Space is limited.


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Dental Care Workshop
Aug
20
1:00 pm13:00

Dental Care Workshop

  • ACI

KK Dental of Edison will be coming to ACI to conduct a workshop on dental care. Dental care specialists, Dymelza Calderon, and Abhishek Seth, will cover the importance of proper dental care for people with disabilities. Dental care, though part of our overall health care, is often neglected. This promises to be hands-on and interactive.

Register by contacting Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or filling out the form below.


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Financial Literacy Workshop
Aug
20
10:00 am10:00

Financial Literacy Workshop

  • ACI

PNC Bank of Edison will be conducting an interactive and informative workshop on financial literacy.

Topics to be covered:

  • Developing a spending plan
  • Balancing your checking account
  • The importance of saving
  • Using credit cards wisely
  • How to open up a checking account

RSVP by contacting Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or filling out the form below.


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Basic Computer Skills - Session 1
Aug
19
10:00 am10:00

Basic Computer Skills - Session 1

  • ACI
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SUGGESTED DONATION: Canned good or non-perishable food item for the ACI Food Pantry

ACI will be offering a free two-part computer workshop on August 19th and 21st. Classes will be taught by AnnMarie Torres, a former computer programmer. Certification of completion given to those who attend both sessions.

Topics to be covered:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

To RSVP for session 1, contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or fill out the form below. Click here for session 2. Space is limited.


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Focus Group: Food Deserts & People with Disabilities
Aug
15
11:00 am11:00

Focus Group: Food Deserts & People with Disabilities

  • ACI
Empty shopping cart on a desert road

Do you live in a food desert? Are you a person with a disability? Join the discussion!

In a partnership with Montclair State University, ACI is putting together a focus group to address the issue of access to food and food security for people with disabilities.

The focus group will examine these questions:

  • Do you have problems obtaining food that you prefer to eat?
  • What are your experiences of purchasing food or going out to eat?
  • How important is access to food and food security to you?

This is your opportunity to share your concerns and experiences! Your input will help devise solutions that create greater access to healthy, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people, including people with disabilities.

The focus group will be facilitated by Elaine Gerber, PhD., Associate Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to participant, please RSVP to Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or fill out the form below.


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Plays in the Park: Bye Bye Birdie
Aug
9
8:30 pm20:30

Plays in the Park: Bye Bye Birdie

  • Roosevelt Park
Bye Bye Birdie

COST: $7.00 at the door. $5.00 for Seniors, Children are FREE!

ACI's Social Rec group will be attending a Plays in the Park production of the classic musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Jealousy and hilarity ensue with fun and memorable songs, such as Put on a Happy Face, A Healthy, Normal American Boy and Honestly Sincere.

If interested in going, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Registration deadline is August 7th 2014.

Please meet us at the ticket booth. Transportation will not be provided. There will be concession stands available or you may bring your own food.


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Relationship GPS
Aug
4
12:00 pm12:00

Relationship GPS

  • ACI
Relationship GPS

As part of our Health and Wellness Program, ACI and Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey will be presenting a series of workshops on sex education.

What is a relationship? What is the difference between being a close friends and a couple? What makes a relationship healthy? Join us as we have an interactive talk to navigate these and other relationship questions. We will especially talk about what makes a relationship healthy.

Questions about the program? Please contact Melissa Keyes-DiGioia at 973-539-9580 ext. 132 or melissa.keyes-digioia@ppgnnj.org.

Register by contacting Carole Tonks at 732-738-4388 ext. 118 or filling out the form below.


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Knowing Your Body
Jul
22
12:00 pm12:00

Knowing Your Body

  • ACI
Knowing Your Body

As part of our Health and Wellness Program, ACI and Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey will be presenting a series of workshops on sex education.

People have sexual body parts which go by many different names including “private parts.” Join us as we talk about the medical names of the sexual body parts and what these body parts do. We will also talk about the difference between public and private locations and when someone might want to be alone for actions involving the sexual body parts.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Keyes-DiGioia at 973-539-9580 ext. 132 or melissa.keyes-digioia@ppgnnj.org.

Register by contacting Carole Tonks at 732-738-4388 ext. 118 or filling out the form below.


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Game Night - Somerset County
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

Game Night - Somerset County

  • Plainfied Library
Game Night
Truth Be Told game

COST: $5:00

Game of the night will include a "friendship forming" game called TRUTH BE TOLD. Other miscellaneous games include chess/checkers, playing cards, dominoes, boggle, etc.

Pizza/soda included!

If you are interested, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Space is limited.


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Baseball Game: Patriots vs Skeeters
Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

Baseball Game: Patriots vs Skeeters

  • TD Bank Ballpark
Somerset Patriots v. Sugar Land Skeeters

COST: $7.00 per person (Pay with a credit card through PayPal or send checks to ACI. MEMO: Baseball)

Join us for peanuts and Cracker Jacks as we watch an exciting game of baseball featuring The Somerset Patriots and The Sugar Land Skeeters!

Interested? Contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Deadline for RSVP and payment are due on July 8th, 2014.


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Game Night - Union County
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

Game Night - Union County

  • Mountainside Library
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Trusth Be Told game

COST: $5:00

Game of the night will include a "friendship forming" game called TRUTH BE TOLD. Other miscellaneous games include chess/checkers, playing cards, dominoes, boggle, etc.

Pizza/soda included!

If you are interested, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below.


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Accessible Gardening
Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Accessible Gardening

  • ACI
Accessible Gardening

COST: $5.00

Are you a person with a disability, who would like to know how to create an accessible gardening atmosphere? If so, then join Jeff Cupo from the South Plainfield Chapter of Victory Gardening for Hunger, for this hands-on approach and educational workshop. 10-Plant Seed Starter System will be provided to the first fifteen people. We will also be discussing the theme of overcoming hunger through "Victory Gardening for Hunger."

Register by contacting Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Space is limited.


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Cyber Bullying Workshop
Jun
2
10:00 am10:00

Cyber Bullying Workshop

  • ACI
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Stephanie Rodriquez, Health Educator from Amerigroup, will present a workshop on cyber bullying. The hour long workshop will be geared towards teens and young adults with disabilities.

To RSVP, contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or lkoppisch@adacil.org. Space is limited.

George Street Playhouse presents "Our Town"
May
24
1:30 pm13:30

George Street Playhouse presents "Our Town"

  • George Street Playhouse
Our Town banner

COST: Discounted price of $20 per ticket (Original price: $36) (Pay with a credit card through PayPal or send checks to ACI. MEMO: Our Town/Play)

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a trip back in time? Come join us as we view the life and times of the East Coast in the early 1900s, in a theatrical showing of Our Town. This Pulitzer Prize winning drama shows the life and love in a small village in Grover’s Corner from well over 75 years ago!

If interested, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org. Deadline for RSVP and payment is Monday, May 12th.

Men's Health Workshop
May
15
10:30 am10:30

Men's Health Workshop

  • ACI
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ACI's Men's Peer Group will be sponsoring a presentation on Men's Health, presented by Stephanie Rodriquez, Health Educator at Amerigroup Health Insurance. The workshop will cover: the importance of nutrition and physical activity as well as other behaviors that can improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease and different forms of cancer (smoking cessation, colorectal screening, prostate screening, and annual well visits).

RSVP by contacting Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or lkoppisch@adacil.org. Space is limited.

Bowling Night!
Apr
26
4:00 pm16:00

Bowling Night!

  • Stelton Lanes
Bowling Night Banner

COST: $20 per person (Pay with a credit card through PayPal or send checks to ACI. MEMO: Bowling).

If bowling is "right up your alley," then join the Alliance All Stars for an evening of fun at Stelton Lanes Bowling Alley! Our night of bowling includes a two hour package deal of unlimited bowling games, two slices of pizza, unlimited fountain drinks and bowling shoes.

If you are interested, please register with Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org by Friday, April 18th.

Men's Peer Support Group
Apr
15
11:00 am11:00

Men's Peer Support Group

  • ACI
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Join us for the next meeting of our Men's Peer Support Group! Come and join ‘’the guys’’ as we talk about stuff that matters! This is an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other. Every month is a new topic.

New members welcome! Light refreshments will be served!

RSVP by contacting Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or lkoppisch@adacil.org or Nybil Ghanem at ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org.

National Public Health Week - Walk & Roll
Apr
8
11:00 am11:00

National Public Health Week - Walk & Roll

  • ACI
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ACI is proud to partner with the American Public Health Association (APHA) for National Public Health Week!

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 going from the ACI office at 629 Amboy Ave in Edison, NJ toward 492 New Brunswick Ave in Fords, NJ.

Want to help make signs? We are meeting on Friday, April 4th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the ACI office.

For more information, contact Argenys Caba at 732-738-4388 ext. 113 or acaba@adacil.org.

Advocacy Group - Middlesex County
Apr
1
11:00 am11:00

Advocacy Group - Middlesex County

  • Alliance Center for Independence
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In continuation of our previous meeting, we will be following up on possible accessibility issues, as well as alternate accommodation formats and features.

We want you to share with us what's going on and provide input on such things as:

  • Progress of 2013 ADA efforts and what to expect for 2014.

  • How we can work on issues to advocate for in 2014.

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org. You may also contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or lkoppisch@adacil.org.

Nature Trail
Mar
26
10:00 am10:00

Nature Trail

  • Trailside Nature & Science Center
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COST: $9.00 per person (Send checks to ACI).

ACI is going to go “wild” for animals as we take a guided tour with the Trailside Nature & Science Center!

As you go through the indoor & outdoor trails you’ll experience:

  • A floor-to-ceiling view of different flying birds!
  • Live turtles and snakes!
  • A night theater of sounds & figures of various animals!
  • Multiple fish and pond area!
  • 2-3 stories high of much to see, including trees, plants, and NJ-based native American artifacts!

Interested? RSVP by contacting Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org. Space is limited to 25 people. Facility is fully accessible.

Cupid’s Corner
Feb
7
6:00 pm18:00

Cupid’s Corner

  • Alliance Center for Independence
Cupid's Corner

COST: $5.00 per person

This time of year is always reminiscent of warm feelings on cold days…

Join ACI as we commemorate Valentine’s Day with a cozy night of fun by making greeting cards and enjoying chocolate fondue. Prizes will be given out for the best cards!

Interested? RSVP by contacting Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org by February 6th.