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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Denim Day
Apr
23
10:30 AM10:30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Denim Day

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 1/4 women and 1/6 men experience some form of sexual violence and people with disabilities are at a higher risk of victimization. ACI supports survivors of sexual violence and you can too. The material denim and color teal are symbols of sexual assault awareness.

Join us on April 23rd from 10:30 to 11:30 PM, as we create denim and teal pins to raise awareness and show support for sexual violence survivors.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Earth Day Celebration
Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

Earth Day Celebration

SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00

Celebrate Earth Day with ACI! Join us as we make Milkweed Seed Bombs. Seed bombs are a perfect project to help the environment and help save the monarch butterflies!

Simply throw the seed bombs onto bare soil with a little water, plenty of sun and compost and your seed bombs will germinate and become a beautiful haven for monarch butterflies!

Seed bombs can be thrown in abandoned lots, gardens and the list goes on! They also make wonderful gifts, wedding favors and party favors!

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Clothesline Project
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Clothesline Project

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join ACI in decorating your t-shirt and help bring awareness to sexual assault!

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts that are decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or someone who cares about her.

The purpose of the project is to bear witness to survivors and victims of the war against women, to help with the healing process for survivors and loved ones, to educate and raise awareness, and to provide a nationwide network of support. You do not have to be a survivor of sexual abuse to participate.

Materials will be provided, but we have a limited amount of shirts. Please feel free to bring your own shirt. All of the shirts will be hung in the ACI building during the month of April.

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Come Fly with ACI!
Mar
28
11:30 AM11:30

Come Fly with ACI!

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The Council for Airport Opportunity will be coming to ACI for a presentation on the exciting careers in the airport industry! From security, baggage handlers, skycap workers to retail and customer service to maintenance, airports employ 1000's of people throughout the the NJ/NY area.

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Stress Management Workshop
Mar
21
1:00 PM13:00

Stress Management Workshop

Dealing with stress? Need help coping with life's challenges? Too much stress in your life can negatively affect your physical health and emotional well being.

Join presenter Michael Pearson, the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator of the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project at Arc of NJ, as he teaches us how to better manage our stress.

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African American History Month Presentation
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

African American History Month Presentation

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The Alliance Center for Independence celebrates African American History Month! This presentation will focus on the inventions and other contributions of African Americans in field of science and technology. Hear personal stories and participate in our fun fact quiz.

Light refreshments will be served.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fundamentals of Banking & Saving
Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

Fundamentals of Banking & Saving

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Presented by Rekha Sarathy, VP and Branch Manager, BCB-Indus-American Bank

BCB-Indus-American Bank of Edison and ACI will present a workshop on the fundamentals of banking and saving. The workshop will also include a tour of the bank.

Topics to be covered:

  • How to save your money and spend wisely
  • Budgeting your money
  • Using a checking account

Dinner will be served!

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Employment at Starbucks
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Employment at Starbucks

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Join us on June 1st for our very first partnered workshop with Starbucks! If you have ever had an interest in working for Starbucks, come learn of the different positions available at your local Starbucks as well as the generous employee benefits. Lets Improve your customer service skills from the experts at customer service...Starbucks employees!

Registration deadline is May 29th.

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Discover Scuba Diving!
May
2
5:30 PM17:30

Discover Scuba Diving!

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Discover the underwater world through scuba and snorkeling! ACI is partnering with Rutgers University, Division of Student Affairs and Recreation to offer Adaptive Scuba and Snorkeling  experiences to individuals with disabilities. There are lots of physical and emotional benefits to scuba diving and snorkeling. And it's also fun!

Join us on May 2nd for a FREE information session presented by Debby Miller, a Scuba Coordinator from Rutgers University. The information session will cover the scuba certification process as well non-certification scuba discovery "experiences."

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Brainfuse JobNow Demonstration
Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Brainfuse JobNow Demonstration

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Having trouble finding a job? Need help with your resume? Not sure what career you want? The Alliance Center for Independence is proud to announce a partnership with the Edison Township Free Public Library that will provide our members with even more resources to aid in the job search process through a service called Brainfuse JobNow. The librarians of the Edison Township Free Public Library will be coming in to demonstrate how Brainfuse JobNow works and how it will help you find a job!

Brainfuse JobNow is a database service offered at Edison Public Libraries that provides users with a host of on-demand career services. Users will have access to a live job coach that will help beginning job seekers pinpoint their desired career field, provide constructive suggestions on resumes, help write a professional cover letter, and give live interview practice and feedback. The JobNow service also comes with an extensive collection of resources, including resume/cover letter templates, interview tips, sample interview questions, industry-specific sample interview questions, and a diverse array of online resources and links.

Registration deadline is April 22nd.

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Smartphone Photography 101 REDO!
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Smartphone Photography 101 REDO!

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COST: $3

Since the first class was canceled, here is your chance to come participate in this great event. Learn tips and tricks on how to make your photos stand out and look better for social media or just for your own use!

NOTE: You must provide your own smartphone.

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request. In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified.

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Look to the Stars
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Look to the Stars

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COST: $3

Come to ACI to learn about the moon, the stars, and the night sky! Guest speakers from the Amateur Astronomers Inc. will teach us about what we can see when we look up at night.

If you have your own telescope or binoculars, please bring them to the event.

Accommodations made upon request. Light refreshments will be served. In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified.

Registration deadline is March 22nd.

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Assistive Technology and Independent Living
Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

Assistive Technology and Independent Living

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Join us for an informative presentation and a free lunch! Presenter Billy Busch, Assistive Technology Professional from Community Access Unlimited, will be discussing assistive technology and lndependent living.

All are welcome!

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Health Care Career Pathways Info Session
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Health Care Career Pathways Info Session

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Presented by the NJ Health Care Talent Network

Learn about various occupations in health care and how to jump start your training today! Apprenticeship opportunities available to earn while you learn.

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ACI Open House
Jan
11
5:30 PM17:30

ACI Open House

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Join us for dinner and learn about our programs and services! We will also be recognizing our supporters.

Registration deadline is January 5th.

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Turning 18: Guardianship, Entitlements & Waiting Lists
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Turning 18: Guardianship, Entitlements & Waiting Lists

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

Please join us for an informative evening designed for families of children with disabilities who will be turning 18. Learn how to navigate the adult service system and make important decisions about your son or daughter's future.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Veterans Day Presentation
Nov
9
1:00 PM13:00

Veterans Day Presentation

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SUGGESTED DONATION: $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America - Central Jersey Chapter.

Join us for an engaging presentation as ACI pays tribute to our vets on Veterans Day.

We are honored to have Roland J. Pierson, a disabled decorated Marine Corps combat veteran, give a presentation on his experiences during and after the Vietnam War. Roland's talk will include photos and artifacts from his service.

Roland J. Pierson served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970. He was in Vietnam from August 1968 to August 1969, when he was wounded in combat. His military commendations include: The Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Naval Commendation.

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Nutrition for People with Disabilities
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Nutrition for People with Disabilities

"Empty calories"...what are they?

Nutrition labels...what does all that information mean anyway?

Eating healthy? I'm not a fan of cooking, so how can I make more nutritious food choices?

Having some basic tools and information to help you make healthy choices and knowing how to prevent illness is a key part of staying well. Join us for some helpful tips on nutrition, meal planning, grocery shopping, making healthy substitutions, portion sizes and more. Presented by Colleen Roche of the NJ Division of Disability Services.

This workshop is intended for people with disabilities who may be living on their own for the first time and/or those who may not feel comfortable in the kitchen or grocery store.

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