Volunteer Blog: 5 Essential Mental Health Resources

Written By Niodhi Joshi, Volunteer Blog Writer for ACI

Hello all, this time I am planning to talk about the resources that would help in care giving not just for the mentally ill or the people who needs help with mental health but also for those who take care of the mentally ill or for the people who live with those who need mental health care. The main resource is 2016 Resource Directory For Aging & Disabled Services. For more information on the main resource kindly visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us which is the website for County Of Middlesex Office Of Aging And Disabled Services.

Posted on October 13, 2017 and filed under Volunteer Blog.

The 7th Annual New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration Set for October 7th in Trenton, NJ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carole Tonks, Executive Director, Alliance
Center for Independence Phone: (732) 738-4388 / E-mail: ctonks@adacil.org
Website: www.adacil.org

More than 800 people with disabilities, supporters, friends and organizations representing a wide variety of services throughout NJ will converge on Mill Hill Park in downtown Trenton for the “Festival in the Park - 7th NJ Disability Pride Parade and Celebration.”

The free event is a grassroots effort organized and hosted by the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI). ACI is a 501(c)(3) Center for Independent Living, community-based, grassroots organization that supports and promotes independent living for people with disabilities in Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties.

Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under NJDPP, Press Release.

ACI and REV UP NJ Celebrate National Voter Registration Day 2017

ACI and REV UP NJ are proud to partner with National Voter Registration Day for the 5th year! To kick off the day, ACI hosted a voter registration/education workshop. Thank you to the Middlesex County Board of Elections for demonstrating how to use the voting booth including the audio component for those who are blind or vision impaired.

ACI will be hosting additional workshops throughout the month of October. If you need assistance in your learning your rights or registering to vote, please contact us.

Posted on September 26, 2017 and filed under Voting.

Washington DC Road Trip to Oppose Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

UPDATE (9/26/17): THERE WILL NOT BE A VOTE! thehill.com/policy/healthcare/352503-senate-wont-vote-on-obamacare-repeal-bill

Thank you to the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities for sponsoring a van trip to Washington DC on September 25th to participate in the hearing opposing the Graham-Cassidy health care bill.

During the trip, the group discussed the implications of the bill and how it could effect the disabled and elderly. We made signs in the van, and once in Washington went inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building and joined ADAPT and other disability organizations in chanting "No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!"
We had the opportunity to speak with other advocates from around the country and catch up with some old friends. The hearing room, hallway and overflow room were packed with people and media from all over. It was an incredible effort by all.

When the hearing ended, we visited Senator Booker's office to express our gratitude for his support of Medicaid. The Senator was not available, but we were able to talk with his staff and write thank you's in his sign in book.

On our way home from Washington, we received word that Senator Collins was voting no! The advocacy in Washington and those who submitted testimony, called their Senators and participated in rallies and events is having an effect. Please keep calling and using social media. The advocacy and fight is not over yet!

Posted on September 25, 2017 and filed under Advocacy.

Volunteer Blog: A Key

Written By Niodhi Joshi, Volunteer Blog Writer for ACI

Mental health is one of the most important aspects of life. If we keep track of it, we will be able to maintain a healthy state of mind. Mental health means everything in order to function normally in life. We are able to function normally with the help of healthy cognition. For instance, the difference between right and left is visible with the help of cognition. Cognition is only one of the many variables to maintain healthy state of mind. In order to maintain good mental health, we have to keep using our coping skills that works the best for us. Along with coping skills, resources of good organizations or mental health agencies can help with dealing with or maintaining and promoting healthy mental state.

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Volunteer Blog.

Polish Holocaust Survivor Discusses Stories of Survival During WWII

Thank you to Mark Schonwetter and Isabella Fiske from the Holocaust Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Mark, a survivor of the Holocaust from Poland, recounted the two years he spent, along with his mother and sister, hiding from the German Army in the forests of southern Poland during World War 2. Isablella, moderated the discussion. This was the 2nd of two workshops that ACI has organized with funding from the NJ Council for the Humanities.  Thank you to Mark and Isabella for reminding us to "Remember and Tell."

Posted on September 12, 2017 and filed under Presentation.