Day of Mourning Vigil 2018
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Day of Mourning Vigil 2018

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As part of a nation-wide Day of Mourning, ACI, along with disability advocates, will be holding a vigil on March 1st to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by families and caretakers. The vigil will address violence against people with disabilities and speak out against cultural prejudices and send the message that disability is not a justification for violence. Our lives are worth living!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet and the National Council on Independent Living held the first Day of Mourning in 2012. This is a national event with cities around the country participating.

If you would like to say a few words at the vigil, please let Argenys Caba know when registering.

Join us for light snacks and refreshments in the ACI office after the vigil.

Registration deadline is February 23rd.

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NJ YELL
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

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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Smartphone Photography 101 REDO!
Mar
22
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.

Registration deadline is March 16th.

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Rockin' to the Beat! ACI Drum Circle!
Mar
23
4:00 PM16:00

Rockin' to the Beat! ACI Drum Circle!

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ACI and drum facilitator, John Toth, will be playing drumming games and drumming to music! This is a great way to reduce stress, improve your overall attitude, and have some fun!

Bring your own drum or share ours!

No experience needed!

Registration deadline is March 19th.

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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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George Street Playhouse: The Nerd
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

George Street Playhouse: The Nerd

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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 April 16th, 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 THE NERD. This play is a rollicking farce about Willum’s birthday party, which gets a jolt of hilarious excitement when Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-soldier who saved Willum's life, stops by for a visit. Rick is socially inept and will overstay his welcome with a vengeance, Willum puts together an outrageous plan to get rid of this wacky GI who came to dinner.

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.

Registration deadline is April 16th.

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Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings
Feb
16
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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FedEx Tour
Feb
13
3:30 PM15:30

FedEx Tour

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FedEx in Edison has arranged with ACI to conduct a tour of their distribution facility.

This is a great opportunity to learn about working for FedEx and the company's employment opportunities.

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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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Valentine Creativity
Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

Valentine Creativity

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COST: $3

Join ACI for an evening of creative expression to celebrate all the different kinds of love. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Valentine’s Day card for that special someone, friend, or family member. We will also be sharing love themed creative writing prose or poetry.

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

Registration deadline is February 5th.

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Bowling Night: Strike in the New Year
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

Bowling Night: Strike in the New Year

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COST: $20 per person which includes: two hours of bowling, two slices of pizza, unlimited fountain drinks, and bowling shoes. (Send checks to 629 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ NO LATER than Jan 19th. Make checks payable to: Alliance Center for Independence, MEMO: BOWLING)

Come celebrate the start of a new year with your friends bowling and having fun!

Everyone will meet at the front entrance at 6:15 PM.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request.

SNOW DATE: Friday, January 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

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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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Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip

Come join in the holiday cheer as ACI friends and family gather at the Woodbridge Center Mall for lunch and holiday shopping!

Everyone will meet at the front entrance of Applebee’s (level 2) for lunch. Following our meal, we will have the opportunity to go shopping at 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 Applebee’s is $15-20. Visit applebees.com/menu to see the full menu.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request. Registration is required.

NOTE: Our Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 16th due to snow! Please RSVP again if you plan on attending!

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Gotham Shield Exercise
Nov
14
11:00 AM11:00

Gotham Shield Exercise

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Gotham Shield was a national FEMA-led exercise, conducted over several weeks in April and May. The purpose of Gotham Shield (GS 17) was to evaluate the whole community effort to prevent, protect from, respond to, and plan initial recovery after the effects of an Improvised Nuclear Device event.

Middlesex County, Newark/Jersey City Urban Areas Security Initiative, and other federal, state, county, and local officials will be participating again in GS 17 by assembling at SYK Korean Community Center, to set up and operate a Community Reception Center (CRC) specifically geared for people with disabilities and access and functional needs. Individuals are invited to participate in the exercise to experience how a CRC would operate in the event of a radiation emergency.  Participants will be exercising the part of a person who is assigned to go to the Community Reception Center for the purpose of population monitoring.

The Community Center is located on an Access Link Route, or contact ACI for transportation.

Accommodations upon request. Lunch will be provided.

Registration deadline is November 6th.

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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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ACI Spooktober: Halloween Throwback Party!
Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

ACI Spooktober: Halloween Throwback Party!

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COST: $5

Come one, come all! Do you enjoy a frightful good time? Jump into your hearses, grab your fangs, bats, and costumes and head on down to ACI...

We will be showing the Halloween classic, Dracula, staring Bela Lugosi. Wear your best classic vampire costume for the costume contest. There will be a prize for the two best classic vampires! We will also be playing Halloween themed games.

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

Registration deadline is October 23rd.

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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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NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2017
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2017

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 7th Annual NJDPP will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 9:00 AM in Trenton, NJ. We are expecting hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities to march and roll from the Trenton War Memorial to the celebration site at Mill Hill Park!

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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National Voter Registration Day 2017
Sep
26
10:30 AM10:30

National Voter Registration Day 2017

ACI celebrates National Voter Registration Day! Come register to vote, learn about your rights as a disabled voter, and get hands-on experience using a real voting machine!

Presenters
Luke Koppisch, ACI Deputy Director
Nybil Ghanem, ACI Disability Advocate
Steve Nyers, Middlesex County Board of Elections

Light refreshments will be provided. Accommodations made upon request.

Registration deadline is September 24th.

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The Survival Guide to Healthy Relationships
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

The Survival Guide to Healthy Relationships

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.   

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

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Free Flu Shots
Sep
19
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 Medicare Card Part B or Insurance Card.

  • If Medicare part B is your primary insurance you must present your card at the time of the Flu Clinic.
  • If you are in a HMO, you should receive your immunizations at your HMO facility.
  • For those without Medicare part B, we can bill your private insurance provider.
  • If you do not have insurance, you can pay with cash or check and will be given a receipt.
    • Standard flu immunization: $25.00 (18 years and over)
    • High Dose flu immunization: $40.00 (65 years and over)
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The Holocaust & People with Disabilities
Sep
12
1:00 PM13:00

The Holocaust & People with Disabilities

ACI will be hosting a presentation and lecture on the Holocaust and people with disabilities. This program will feature a presentation by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Over 275,000 people with disabilities were murdered during the Holocaust of World War II. This event is our way of honoring the survivors and remembering the victims.

Light refreshments will be served.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the NJ Council for the Humanities.

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Disabled Stand Against Hate: A Peaceful Candlelight Gathering
Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

Disabled Stand Against Hate: A Peaceful Candlelight Gathering

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On August 31st, the disabled community and friends will come together to in response to the events in Charlottesville. Join us for a candlelight vigil to celebrate "love for all" through candlelight, speeches and fellowship. We will denounce hate, bigotry and intolerance by standing in solidarity. Everyone welcome!

Light refreshments will be served after the vigil.

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Let's Paint!
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Let's Paint!

COST: $20 per person (includes studio rental, canvases, easel, brushes, paints, and aprons)

Come join ACI at Make Me Take Me for an evening of guided painting! Dr. Yang, the studio owner, will guide the group from blank canvas to finished painting. All levels of artist are welcome! No experience needed!

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations upon request.

NOTE: The class is currently full. Fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list.

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What's Your Advocacy? Conference
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

What's Your Advocacy? Conference

Presented by NJCDD and ACI and in association with REV UP NJ.

Join us for the second installment of this FREE conference series for families and self-advocates! This event will focus on voting and fully participating in our democracy.

Featuring:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Advocacy Exercises
  • Voting Booth Tutorials
  • Networking Opportunities

Continental breakfast and lunch provided for all attendees. Transportation assistance available.

If accommodations are required, please contact the NJCDD by Monday, August 7th at 609-292-3745.

Registration deadline is August 14th.

Visit njcdd.org for updates.

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Basic Rights in Special Education
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

Basic Rights in Special Education

Presented by Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, Attorneys at Law

Attorneys at Hinkle, Fingles & Prior have more than seventy years of combined experience providing expert counsel and legal services to families of people with disabilities and seniors. The firm’s attorneys have argued many of the precedent setting cases affecting people with disabilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior provide legal support across the entire lifespan, from securing early intervention services, to special education, adult services, guardianship and special needs trusts.

Registration deadline is July 13th.

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How to Respond to an Active Shooter Situation
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

How to Respond to an Active Shooter Situation

This training will provide you with resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.

Presented by Captain Martin Mogensen, Union County Police and Sheldon Green, Union County Office of Emergency Management.
 
Light snacks will be served.

Registration deadline is July 18th.

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Plays in the Park: West Side Story
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Plays in the Park: West Side Story

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 West Side Story live on stage!

Join ACI at Roosevelt Park for a musical journey back in time to the 1950’s streets of Upper West Side, New York City! Witness the award winning story of two rival street gangs that battle for control of the neighborhood. The situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with a rival's sister in this modern take on Romeo and Juliet.

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.

Registration deadline is July 11th.

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Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff
Jul
18
12:00 PM12:00

Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff

On Tuesday, July 18th 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 gubernatorial election is an important one 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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Stress Management Workshop
Jun
28
10:00 AM10:00

Stress Management Workshop

Feeling stressed or anxious? Overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, and everyday pressures of life?

We all have stress in our lives. The question is how do you manage it. Learn how to restore balance in your life!

Join us on Wednesday, June 28th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM for an information, interactive workshop on managing everyday stress.

This workshop is presented by Amerigroup.

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Baseball Game: Patriots vs. Ducks
Jun
15
7:05 PM19:05

Baseball Game: Patriots vs. Ducks

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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 for our Somerset Patriots on to victory over the Long Island Ducks!

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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Social Security Work Incentive Programs
Jun
12
1:00 PM13:00

Social Security Work Incentive Programs

Looking to start working or return to work, but concerned about losing your Social Security and health care benefits? Would you like to know more about work incentives for SSD and SSI recipients?

Join us at ACI on Monday, June 12th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM for an informative workshop on Social Security work incentive programs. Learn how you can work and earn an income while still collecting SSD and SSI.

Presenter: Elisa Cohen, Community Work Incentive Coordinator, NJ Work Incentive Network (NJWINS). NJ WINS is a program of the NJ Family Resource Network

Who would benefit from this workshop:

  • Supplemental Security Income recipients
  • Social Security Disability Income recipients
  • Individuals returning to work
  • Individuals who are looking for their first job
  • It's All About Work participants
  • Job coaches
  • Parents of working age young adults
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Zika is in NJ!
May
26
11:00 AM11:00

Zika is in NJ!

Presented by ACI in conjunction with #NOZika and NJID.

Join us for an informative workshop on how you can protect yourself and others from Zika!

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Write On!
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Write On!

SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00

Are you a writer? Are you a poet? Do you want to become one? Come join ACI at our creative writing workshop! We will be sharing our work, helping each other to become better writers, and taking a page from famous authors and poets to inspire us to keep writing!

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

Registration deadline is May 17th.

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