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Vote for the NJDPP 2018 Grand Marshal!


1) AnnRose Rubright
As an unapologetically proud woman with Down Syndrome, AnnaRose is a role model in the community learning to embrace our voices and celebrate our disabled identities. AnnaRose is currently a student at Rider with dreams of becoming a filmmaker. Despite her young age, AnnaRose is already making waves in the disability community. She has worked for NDSS and has become a leader in many of their advocacy efforts on capital hill, including their employment campaign #EndLawSyndrome. In 2016, AnnaRose was the face of World Down Syndrome day. She is also the president and co-founder of her own by-and-for organization the Anna Foundation. AnnaRose considers Down Syndrome an important part of who she is and has dedicated so much of her young life to spreading the ideals of disability pride. She has already become a powerful force in our community and will only continue to grow and make waves.

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2) Patrice Jetter
Patrice “the Artiste” Jetter is an avid artist who paints, draws, and sews her own costumes! She received a scholarship to attend The Yard School of Art In Montclair and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She used to do modeling in the early ‘90s and was a dancer on MTV’s The Grind, and she starred in her own cable show on Montclair’s Public Access Channel 34, The Trish Show. Today, she makes her own short films and puts them on YouTube. She has done acting and musical theater in New Jersey for 20 years, and played an angel named “Patty” in Through Our Eyes, a musical about people with disabilities written and produced by her dad, Alan Rosen. She also made costumes for her niece and her band, The Moldy Peaches, who did the soundtrack for the movie, Juno. She has won lots of gold medals in Special Olympics in gymnastics and alpine skiing.

Patrice works as a personal care assistant for her companion and volunteers at the Arc of Mercer doing art, drama and music, and models her own designs in Alllies, Inc’s Fashion Show. She was also a member of DIAL, Inc’s Advisory Council and Board of Trustees and a graduate of Project Take Charge Class of 2000, and a graduate of Partners in Policymaking Class of 2001. She currently is a member of PCIL as well as NJSILC.

Patrice was the Grand Marshal for NJDPP 2014 and we loved the energy and style that she brought to the parade!

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3) Chris Miller
Chris Miller is known as a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. Chris is a former member of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and is currently on the staff of Disability Rights NJ. Chris works includes fighting for the rights of people with disabilities to vote. He is on the planning committee for REV UP NJ, which focuses on increasing the participation of people with disabilities in the election process. He has spoken at a few of REV UP NJ's events and was instrumental in obtaining several of other speakers. Chris is a natural advocate, and a future leader within NJ disability community. Chris embodies the spirit of the NJDPP.

Who do you want to become the 2018 Grand Marshal?
Posted on September 17, 2018 and filed under NJDPP.

The 7th Annual NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration!

On October 7th, NJ's disability community joined together for the 7th annual NJ Disability Pride Parade and Celebration, sponsored by ACI. Held at Mill Hill Park in downtown Trenton, the event brought in about hundreds people from throughout the Garden State. Attendees enjoyed live entertainment, food truck delicacies, Tai Chi lessons, face painting, exhibitor tables, giveaways, and a photo booth. J Street Band, Signs of Faith Praise Ministry, Al X Spicy, Ethel Barnes, Nenad Back, Cory Singer, and Black Cat Habitat., were some of the featured  artists. "It was a beautiful day of unity and disability pride!", says Carole Tonks, executive director and chief organizer of the event. ACI would like to thank everyone who help make this event possible, including our sponsors, donors, guest speakers, entertainers, and Mayor Jackson and the City of Trenton. A special thank you to Millie Gonzalez, Maria Bournias and Colleen Roche, for being our Mistresses of Ceremonies.

Posted on October 7, 2017 and filed under NJDPP.

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:

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.

NJ Disability Pride Parade 2016 was the BIGGEST one yet!

More than 800 people crowded downtown Trenton for the 6th Annual NJ Disability Pride Parade on Friday October 7th. The event, hosted by Alliance Center for Independence (ACI), featured a wide range of entertainers, musicians, comedians, and dancers. Among the performers were: comedian Mike Cotayo, Red Neck Women Dance Troupe, Attach Avi Bollywood Dancers, singer/songwriter Johnny Crescendo and pop singer LACHI. Millie Gonzales and Maria Bournias were the mistresses of ceremonies.

"ACI is proud to organize this awesome event for the past 6 years," says Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director. "Every year it gets bigger and bigger!"

Posted on November 16, 2016 and filed under NJDPP.

The 6th 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:

More than 700 people with disabilities, supporters, friends and organizations representing a wide variety of services throughout NJ will converge in downtown Trenton for the 6th NJ Disability Pride Parade and Celebration. The event will feature a variety of entertainers, all of whom have disabilities. These include folk musician Johnny Crescendo, singer/songwriter Cory Singer, integrated dancer Lindsay Tuman, Hip Hop artist Professir X and recording artist Lachi.   NJDPP newcomers, include hip-hop performer King Tay, and comedian Mike Cotaya will also share their talents.

Posted on September 29, 2016 and filed under Press Release, NJDPP.

Donate to ACI on #GivingTuesday and Receive a Free NJ Disability Pride Parade T-Shirt!

The generosity of our donors throughout the year enables us to continue to offer free and innovative programs to people with all disabilities and of all ages, in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties.

We ask that you remember us on #GivingTuesday. You can donate through PayPal or visit our support page to find out several other ways that you can help! Those who donate $50 or more on Giving Tuesday will received a limited addition NJ Disability Pride Parade t-shirt as our way of saying thanks!

Your contribution will be used to support our existing programs and services such as budget and money management, the ACI volunteer office skills program, instruction on keeping safe and abuse prevention, independent living classes and one on one instruction, work preparation, peer support and health and wellness classes.

Posted on December 1, 2015 and filed under Donate, NJDPP.

Thank YOU for Making the NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2015 a Success!

More than 700 people attended the 5th Annual NJ Disability Pride Parade, hosted by the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) this past Friday, October 9th. The event featured some new artists to the venue including Lachi, Andrew Bambridge, Corevalay, AttachAvi Bollywood Dancers and Mana Hashimoto.

Also featured at the event was bubble artist Eddy Miller, a photo booth, food trucks, giveaways and raffles. The NJ Division of Disability Services raffled off emergency preparedness bags and a flash mob organized by Roll Call Wheelchair Dance got the crowd up dancing.

Posted on October 14, 2015 and filed under NJDPP.