Enter the Big Top at ACI: The Greatest Showman
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

Enter the Big Top at ACI: The Greatest Showman

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COST: $5

Get swept away by the Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning movie, The Greatest Showman. A musical adaptation of P.T. Barnum’s early days in the circus and sideshow. There will be a discussion about the movie while we eat.

Light dinner and refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request. In case of inclement weather, you will be contacted.

Register by January 18th.

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Valentine's Day Fun
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Valentine's Day Fun

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Come to ACI and test your skill and knowledge with Valentine’s Day themed games like Jeopardy, Cupid’s Arrow Toss, and What’s Inside the Heart? Fun, friends, and prizes!

Light refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified.

Register by February 4th.

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Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings
Feb
22
11:00 AM11:00

Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings

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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.

Fasting is not required for this screening.

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George Street Playhouse: Little Girl Blue
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

George Street Playhouse: Little Girl Blue

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COST: $20 per person. Please send checks to 629 Amboy Avenue, 1st Floor Suite 104, Edison, NJ 08837. Make your check payable to: The Alliance Center for Independence MEMO: George Street Playhouse. Checks must be received no later than February 4th, if your check is not received you will not have a ticket. Checks are non-refundable.

Join ACI for a fun night of theater at the George Street Playhouse as we watch Little Girl Blue. Following her critically acclaimed performance in American Hero, Laiona Michelle returns to George Street Playhouse to play Nina Simone in a new musical. This exuberant premiere musical reveals a life in between the black and white keys - a passionate journey from classical piano child prodigy to the High Priestess of Soul, told through the words and music of American icon Nina Simone.

For information about George Street Playhouse, please visit georgestreetplayhouse.org.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request. Limited number of wheelchair seats, first come first serve.

We will be meeting at the front of the playhouse at 7:30 PM.

Register by February 4th.

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US Census Bureau Temporary Job Openings
Jan
18
11:00 AM11:00

US Census Bureau Temporary Job Openings

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Presented by Patricia Greene Alston, Partnership Specialist, NY Regional Census Center, Field Division, US Census Bureau.

Looking for work? The US Census Bureau is currently looking to fill temporary job openings for the 2020 Census. The Census is conducted every 10 years, and the Bureau is in need of census takers and field workers to ensure everyone is counted. Find out about the positions that are available and the requirements.

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Disability Integration Act Viewing Party
Jan
15
2:30 PM14:30

Disability Integration Act Viewing Party

Join us on January 15th, as we celebrate the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act. We will be viewing live as Representative Sensenbrenner and Senator Schumer reintroduce this important civil rights legislation to the 116th Congress. We will also spend this time calling and writing to legislators encouraging them to cosponsor the DIA. Build your advocacy and communication skills while celebrating the power, freedom, and progress of the disability community!

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Building Self-Confidence
Jan
10
10:00 AM10:00

Building Self-Confidence

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As part of our Independent Living Skills program, ACI will be hosting a free workshop on building self-confidence, presented by Michael Pearson, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Arc of New Jersey's Self-Advocacy Project.

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Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip
Dec
15
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip

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Come join in the holiday cheer as ACI friends and family gather at Olive Garden in the Woodbridge Center Mall Complex for Lunch and Holiday shopping.

Following our meal you are welcome to go shopping at the main mall complex, which is across the street and approximately a 5 minute walk. The main mall complex has stores such as Aéropostale, American Eagle, Claire’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, Forever 21, Macy’s, GameStop, and J.C. Penney.

Please bring enough money for both your meal, tip, and shopping. An average meal at Olive Garden is $20-25. Visit olivegarden.com/menu to see the full menu.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request. We will be meeting at the front entrance to Olive Garden at 12:00 PM.

Register by December 7th. Registration is required.

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Basic Credit
Dec
6
11:00 AM11:00

Basic Credit

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Join us at our free workshop on basic credit. Topics will include:

  • What is credit?

  • Responsibilities of credit

  • Types of credit available

  • Why you can be denied credit

  • Your credit report

  • Credit score

  • Alternatives to credit

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Comprehensive Estate Planning for Your Special Needs Family Member
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Comprehensive Estate Planning for Your Special Needs Family Member

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Alex Hilsen, Esq. and Kevin Pent, ChSNC will provide a comprehensive look at estate planning for individuals with special needs. The seminar will cover special needs trusts, the ABLE account, providing a legacy for the special needs individual, as well as taking advantage of any tax deductions and credits that may be available.

Refreshments will be served.

Register by November 1st.

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Medieval Fighting Demo
Nov
2
1:30 PM13:30

Medieval Fighting Demo

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Ye lords and ladies! ACI invites you to journey to the Middle Ages to learn the fighting skills of a medieval knight in a special lecture and demonstration by Roland Pierson.

Roland, a 40-year veteran of medieval combat, will teach the history of medieval fighting and tournaments, and demonstrate battle techniques from the Days of Old. Drawing on his skills as a member of the modern-day Armored Combat League, Roland will show you how a knight armors up for battle and wields a sword. You’re invited to swing a sword and engage in combat too (with padded foam weapons)!

No experience necessary! Come prepared to have some fun!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas and Scary Snacks
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

The Nightmare Before Christmas and Scary Snacks

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COST: $5

Spend an evening at ACI with Jack Skellington and the rest of the gang from Halloween Town! We will be showing Tim Burton’s classic, The Nightmare before Christmas and making some Halloween related sweets.

Light dinner and refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request.

Register by October 22nd.

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Free Flu Shots
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Free Flu Shots

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 health insurance card.

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Transition Services
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Transition Services

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Presented by Paul Prio from Hinkle, Fingles, Prior and Fischer, Attorneys at Law.

This workshop will help you and your family regarding your child’s specific rights and procedural protections regarding appropriate special education transition services so they can achieve their long-term goals and be linked to supports, services and programs needed for adult life.

Register by October 19th.

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Autism Conference: Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families
Oct
19
1:15 PM13:15

Autism Conference: Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families

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ACI will be at the 36th Annual Autism Conference! Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director and Kelly Boyd, NJ Office of Emergency Management, will be presenting Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families on Friday, October 19th from 1:15 to 2:30 PM (Session F).

Coping with an emergency or disaster situation can be stressful for anyone, especially individuals with autism. Families affected by autism will learn useful strategies to help them prepare for and manage emergency or disaster situations while still maintaining a demeanor that keeps the individual with autism as calm and focused as possible. This workshop will provide essential tips to help caregivers prepare to withstand various types of emergencies, including a list of items needed to shelter-in-place or evacuate. The State's Register Ready program will be discussed along with guidance on how to create a support network.

Visit autismnj.org for more info.

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Creative Writing Cooperation
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Writing Cooperation

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Reaching out to all writers! Do you write poetry, short stories, or one act plays? Come share your work!

Spend the night with other creative people and see how we can improve each other’s writing. You are also welcome to bring work from famous writers to discuss.

Accommodations made upon request. Transportation will not be provided. Light refreshments will be served.

Register by October 15th.

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Disability Connections: An Information & Resource Fair
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Disability Connections: An Information & Resource Fair

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Are you an adult with a disability or a caregiver for a person with a disability looking for supportive services? ACI and the Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services may be able to help you find what you're looking for.

Join us on Saturday, October 13th for Disability Connections, a resource fair for people with disabilities and their caregivers. You'll have the chance to visit with local social service agencies and businesses to find the support that best suits your needs.

Visit the Middlesex County website for more info.

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Knowing Your Right: Fair Housing
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Knowing Your Right: Fair Housing

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Join us at our FREE workshop on fair housing.

Topics will include:

  • What to do if you suspect discrimination

  • Signs of housing discrimination

  • Housing discrimination and discriminatory practices

  • The Fair Housing Act

  • Federal laws and protections

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NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2018
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2018

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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 8th Annual NJDPP will be held on Friday, October 5th at 9:00 AM in Trenton, NJ. Hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities will be marching and rolling from the NJ State House Annex to the celebration site at West Lafayette Street.

For more information, please visit njdisabilitypride.com.

If you plan on attending, let us know by filling out the form below!

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Premiere Stages: Brick City
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Premiere Stages: Brick City

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COST: $10 per person. Please send checks to 629 Amboy Avenue, 1st Floor Suite 104, Edison, NJ 08837. Make your check payable to: The Alliance Center for Independence MEMO: Premiere Stages. Checks must be received no later than Sept 14th. If your check is not received, you will not have a ticket. Checks are non-refundable.

Join ACI for an evening of theater at Premiere Stages at Kean University. We will be seeing Brick City by Nicole Pandolfo, which is about Jessie, a combative high school senior with a disability, and Darnell, the star player of the basketball team, who find themselves together in study hall during the most important marking period of their lives. As Darnell inches dangerously close to throwing away a lucrative college scholarship and Jessie a potential career as an artist, both discover that things aren't always as simple as they may seem.

For information about Premiere Stages, please visit premierestagesatkean.com.

Meet at the parking lot side entrance of Vaughn-Eames Hall at Kean University at 7:30 PM.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request.

Registration and payment deadline is September 14th.

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NJ YELL
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

NJ YELL

“Youth Excelling in Leading & Learning”

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is actively recruiting youth and young adults, with and without disabilities and/or special healthcare needs, ages 16 – 24, for our advisory council the NJ YELL.

NJ YELL provides the opportunity for training in advocacy, participation in regional meetings, teleconferences, webinars and events that are dedicated to improving transition to adult life.

NJ YELL members receive stipends for participation in face to face meetings.

SPAN's goal is to promote the voice of youth, build advocacy skills and increase participation in leadership roles to improve the systems that impact their lives in education, healthcare, and independent living.

For questions, accommodations and to RSVP, please email eseigh@spannj.org or call 973-642-8100.

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US Senate Candidate Forum
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

US Senate Candidate Forum

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Presented by ACI and REV UP NJ and funded by Disability Rights New Jersey through their PAVA Program.

A non-partisan event for candidates and voters to come together to discuss important issues facing the disability community. Open to the public!

A light dinner will be provided.

Accommodations available upon request. ASL Interpreter will be available.

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Game On! Game Night!
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

Game On! Game Night!

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Do you enjoy playing games? Come to ACI to hang out and play some games with new friends and old friends!

We have a selection of games and puzzles including: Connect 4, Dominoes, Jenga, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Boggle, playing cards, and more!

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations provided upon request. Transportation will not be provided.

Registration deadline is September 10th.

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Energy Assistance Application
Sep
12
9:00 AM09:00

Energy Assistance Application

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Trouble paying your energy bills? Elizabethtown Gas and PSE&G can help!

Join representatives from Elizabethtown Gas, PSE&G, LIHEAP/USF, PAGE, NJ SHARES and Comfort Partners for information on Energy Assistance Programs and assistance with completing program applications.

Please remember to bring:

  • Social Security cards for all household members
  • Driver’s license
  • Proof of Income for all household members
  • Deed or rental lease
  • Recent natural gas and electric bill
  • 2017 Tax return

For more information, contact mdelaplain@sjindustries.com

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Baseball Game: Patriots vs. Road Warriors
Aug
29
7:05 PM19:05

Baseball Game: Patriots vs. Road Warriors

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COST: FREE, but donations are always welcome! (donations payable to the Alliance Center for Independence, 629 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ)

Batter up! Join ACI at TD Bank Ballpark to cheer our Somerset Patriots on to victory over the Road Warriors!

Meet us at the main entrance at 6:30 PM to pick up your ticket.

Transportation will not be provided. Bring money for concessions if desired.

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US Congress District 6 Candidate Forum
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

US Congress District 6 Candidate Forum

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Presented by ACI and REV UP NJ and funded by Disability Rights New Jersey through their PAVA Program.

A non-partisan event for candidates and voters to come together to discuss important issues facing the disability community. Open to the public!

Refreshments will be provided.

Accommodations available upon request. ASL Interpreter will be available.

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What's the Scoop!
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

What's the Scoop!

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Join your friends at ACI for some delicious ice cream at What's the Scoop in Metuchen! They have over 80 handmade flavors to choose from including cookies & cream, pistachio, salted caramel, and green tea (full menu is listed at whatsthescoopmetuchen.com). The average ice cream is $3.95, plus an additional $1 per topping (not including tax or tip).

We will be meeting in front of the What’s the Scoop entrance. Transportation will not be provided.

Registration deadline is August 17th.

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1968: The Year That Changed America
Aug
3
1:30 PM13:30

1968: The Year That Changed America

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This interactive presentation looks back 50 years ago to that tumultuous year in our country's history. We will examine the music, the politics, the culture, and the events and news makers that shaped the year.

Enter for a chance to win one of three groovy 1968 rock concert posters and other giveaways!

Refreshments will be served.

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ACI Smoothie Party
Jul
27
1:30 PM13:30

ACI Smoothie Party

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SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00

Making a smoothie is a great way to stay cool in the summer while eating your fruits and veggies. Join us on Friday, July 27th from 1:30 to 3:00 PM as we learn how to make smoothies, sample different flavor combinations, and create our own recipes!

NOTE: Registration is currently full. Please fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list.

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Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff
Jul
16
12:00 PM12:00

Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff

On Monday, July 16th from 12:00 to 2:00 PMREV UP NJ and the Alliance Center for Independence, will be celebrating National Disability Voter Registration Week by hosting an event at the NJ State House Annex.

This event is part of REV UP's on going efforts to participation from the disability community in the elections process. The day will include live entertainment, voter registration, prominent speakers, resource tables and giveaways. This year's mid-term elections are important for New Jersey's voters with disabilities!

Come out, have a good time, and let your voice be heard...your vote counts!

REV UP NJ is part of a national campaign to include 54 million Americans in the Election process. This event is funded by the generosity of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.

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Plays in the Park: Mamma Mia!
Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Plays in the Park: Mamma Mia!

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COST: $7.00 at the door. $5.00 for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Cash only.
(When buying your ticket, tell the Roosevelt Park Box Office that you are with Alliance Center for Independence)

Plays in the Park is proud to present Mamma Mia! live on stage!

Join ACI at Roosevelt Park for MAMMA MIA! Catherine Johnson's tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA's timeless songs propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

Arrive no later than 7:30 PM. If you would like concessions, bring money or bring food from home. Parking is free, but is first come first serve. Transportation will not be provided. Bring a lawn chair no higher than 40 inches if you need a seat.

NOTE: Registration is currently full. Please fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list.

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The Survival Guide to Healthy Relationships
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

The Survival Guide to Healthy Relationships

Presented by Michael Pearson, Jr., Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project

The Survival Guide to Healthy Relationships is a free workshop that focuses on the different types of relationships that people will experience in their lives.

This workshop will examine the common characteristics of relationships, as well as how our behavior and communication style differs in each scenario. It will also provide information on boundaries, personal space, and appropriate greetings in different types of social settings. Important tips about electronic communication and social media will be provided to promote safety in online relationships.

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Medicaid, SSI & Other Important Entitlements
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Medicaid, SSI & Other Important Entitlements

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Presented by Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law

Attendees will learn about government programs for adults with disabilities that begin at age 18, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Medicaid. Attorneys will also discuss securing services after age 21 when the entitlement to special education ends, including day and residential services available through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and programs offered through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). Attorneys will present emerging information on New Jersey’s ever-changing system of adult services, including “fee-for-service” and the growing role of Medicaid eligibility and waivers. This 90-minute presentation includes time for a Q&A session.

Attorneys at Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, P.C., have over 70 years of combined experience providing specialized legal services to families of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and seniors. We have argued many of the precedent setting cases affecting individuals with disabilities in NJ and PA.

NOTE: This workshop is currently full. Fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list and we will contact you if a spot opens up.

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