Hillsborough, November 10 – The Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) and the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting an emergency shelter overnight simulation for individuals with disabilities on Friday, November 20th starting at 5 p.m. at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex, 279 South Branch Road, Hillsborough. Approximately 50 people with disabilities have volunteered to spend a night at the shelter, which will be staffed by volunteers from a number of Somerset County agencies engaged in emergency response operations during a disaster.
This is the 2nd emergency shelter simulation ACI has hosted. Last year’s simulation, which took place at Rutgers University, proved to be invaluable.
Participating agencies include the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, local social service agencies and other stakeholders. Funding for the simulation is provided by PSEG.
In a special dance symposium commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clement A. Price Institute is proud to present the AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. The symposium begins with a full performance by AXIS, co-presented by the Price Institute and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.
AXIS Dance Company’s engagement by the Price Institute also includes two free community classes in New Jersey on physically integrated dance: Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2:30-4:00 p.m., at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University-Newark in partnership with the Office of Student Life; and Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center, Edison NJ, coordinated by the Alliance Center for Independence, a community-based organization that promotes independent living for people with disabilities in Middlesex County. The workshops are open to participants with and without disabilities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carole Tonks, Executive Director, Alliance
Center for Independence Phone: (732) 738-4388 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 5th ANNUAL NEW JERSEY DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE & CELEBRATION SET FOR OCTOBER 9th IN TRENTON, NJ Trenton, NJ (please note: this event was previously scheduled for October 2nd)
October also marks the first ever Disability Pride Month in New Jersey.
More than 600 people with disabilities, supporters, friends and organizations representing a wide variety of services throughout NJ will be converge in downtown Trenton for the 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, Mano Hashimoto, a blind dancer and choreographer who has performed internationally and recording artist Lachi. Drummer and dancer Sidiki Conte, from Guinea, West Africa will bring his brand of music to the event as will crowd favorite, Exceptional Dance Team, a troupe made up entirely of children with autism, will be returning for a third year.
Disability rights activists from around New Jersey, including groups representing parents of people with disabilities, will be holding a demonstration on the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton on September 10, 2015. Demonstrators are protesting over recent statements by Princeton University Professor Peter Singer, promoting ending the lives of disabled infants through denial of health care. Organizers are calling on the Princeton University, as well as Governor Christie, a trustee of the school, to publicly denounce Singer’s and take other steps to address what the activists describe as Singer’s “hate speech” toward disabled people.
“Since about 1980, Singer has promoted public policy that would legalize the killing of disabled infants in the first month of life,” said Stephen Drake, Not Dead Yet’s research analyst and expert on Singer. “More recently, he has expanded his position in the context of health care rationing.”
Thank you to organizations from NJ, PA and NY for participating in the Peter Singer Demonstration at Princeton University!!
More than 70 people with disabilities, parents, family members and service providers gathered together to protest Singer's most recent statements on the Aaron Klein Investigative Radio show. Singer believes in the euthanizing of disabled babies.
Prior to the demonstration, a coalition of 30 groups sent a letter to all of the Princeton Trustees with a list of our demands: Princeton should call for Singer’s resignation, Princeton should publicly denounce Singer’s comments, Princeton should hire a bioethicist from the disability community in a comparable position to provide a platform for views that contrast to his.