Bowling Night: Strike Away the Cold
Feb
24
6:00 pm18:00

Bowling Night: Strike Away the Cold

  • Stelton Lanes

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 Feb 6th. Make checks payable to: Alliance Center for Independence, MEMO: BOWLING)

Come get away from the winter weather and spend a night with your friends bowling and having a blast!

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request.

SNOW DATE: Saturday, February 25th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

NOTE: This program is currently full. Fill out the form below if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Day of Mourning Vigil 2017
Mar
1
6:00 pm18:00

Day of Mourning Vigil 2017

  • Front of the ACI Building

As part of a nation-wide Day of Mourning, ACI, along with disability advocates, will be holding a vigil on Wednesday, 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 are interested in speaking, please contact Carole Tonks at ctonks@adacil.org.

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

SHARES Task Force Conference 2017
Mar
13
9:00 am09:00

SHARES Task Force Conference 2017

  • NJ Law Center
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COST: General Admission $55; Collaborating Partners, Sexual Violence Advocates and SANEs $35; Students $25

All individuals should have access to information and services to discover and meet their sexuality related needs and desires. This may include expressing one’s sexual desires, forming close relationships, making decisions about sexual activities, going for a sexual health exam, using a safer sex or contraceptive, or getting support as a survivor of intimate partner violence or sexual assault. The SHARES Task Force conference provides space for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers, professionals, and service providers to access information and engage in workshops together.

The goal of the 2017 SHARES Task Force conference is to highlight approaches that support healthy sexuality and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a new feature, the conference will feature a track for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to communicate about healthy sexuality and their needs.

Who Should Attend: Mental health professionals, health and human service providers, developmental disabilities agency direct care staff, sexual violence advocates and SANES, case managers, behavior specialists, self-advocates, parents and caregivers.

Sponsors

  • Sexuality, Health, Awareness, Rights, Education and Safety
  • Task Force for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

SHARES Members

  • Finding Your Individuality (FYI)
  • Developmental Disabilities Center (DDC) at Morristown Medical Center
  • Atlantic Health/Morris CARES (formerly known as the Morris County Sexual Assault Center)
  • NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS)
  • Middlesex L.E.A.D.S. - A collaboration of the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment and the Alliance Center for Independence
  • NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

To learn more about the conference and/or SHARES Task Force, please contact Tracy A. Higgins at:
Finding Your Individuality, 775 Mountain Boulevard, Watchung, NJ 07069
Office: 908-552-4469
Email: tracy@findingyourindividuality.com

Jigsaw Puzzle Night
Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

Jigsaw Puzzle Night

  • Mountainside Public Library

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00

If you are looking for a fun relaxing night come fit right in at ACI’s Jigsaw Puzzle Night. Enjoy conversation and music while putting together puzzles!

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration deadline is March 13th. In the event of inclement weather you will be contacted.

Vision Screenings
Apr
13
3:00 pm15:00

Vision Screenings

  • ACI

Have you gotten your eyes checked lately?

On Thursday, April 13th, the Alliance Center for Independence will host free vision screenings conducted by the Student Sight Savers program from the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers.

Light refreshments will be provided.

ABOUT NJMS STUDENT SIGHT SAVERS

  • What we do: We provide retinal screenings for visually threatening diseases in the community at local health fairs, conventions, etc.
  • What we can detect: We are able to detect early signs of pathology including, but not limited to: glaucoma, cataracts, retinal changed associated with diabetes. We also take measurements of visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and refraction to assess general visual parameters.

General guidelines on how to maintain optimal visual health:

  1. WEAR SUNGLASSES: According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, sunglasses should be worn at all times when outdoors especially during the summer, at the beach, when playing winter sports at high altitudes, and any medications that can cause light sensitivity.
  2. NUTRITION: high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure can result in damage to blood vessels in the eye resulting in the development of possible conditions such as glaucoma, macular edema that can compromise vision.

Valentine's Day Movie Night
Feb
10
5:30 pm17:30

Valentine's Day Movie Night

  • ACI
Valentine's Day Movie Night

COST: $3.00 per person (includes food and snacks!)

Come join us for the timeless classic, A Princess Bride! A classic fairy tale with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess and yes, some kissing!

We will be serving delicious pizza and light snacks.

*In event of inclement weather you will be notified the morning of the event.

Basic Computer Skills
Jan
30
10:00 am10:00

Basic Computer Skills

  • ACI
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Monday, January 30th and Wednesday, February 1st from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

ACI is offering a 2-day course on basic computer skills taught by AnnMarie Pigna-Torres, software engineer and computer instructor.

Topics to be covered: Microsoft Word, browsing the Internet, using email efficiently, and cloud storage.

Class is limited to 5 participants. Laptops will be provided.

Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings
Jan
27
10:00 am10:00

Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings

  • ACI
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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.

Light and healthy snacks will be served. Fasting is not required for this screening.

Please call Health Specialist, Jennifer Ryan at 732-289-4269 in case of inclement weather.

New Beginning Snowflakes
Jan
25
5:30 pm17:30

New Beginning Snowflakes

  • ACI

COST: $3.00

The New Year is an opportunity for a clean slate! Come to ACI and celebrate the upcoming year with hot chocolate, conversation, and arts & crafts! Participants will have the chance to take part in an artistic New Year’s renewal activity involving beautiful paper snowflakes. You will use these snowflakes to express the parts of yourself that you want to continue to grow in the coming year, as well as releasing thoughts and beliefs about yourself that you no longer want. We look forward to helping you start your new beginning!

Accommodations made upon request.

In the event of inclement weather, you will be contacted by 4:00 PM on the day of the event.

NOTE: The program is currently full. Fill out the form below if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Everyday Technologies: Making Things Easier, Making Things Possible
Jan
13
10:00 am10:00

Everyday Technologies: Making Things Easier, Making Things Possible

  • ACI

Our smartphones and tablets are like the Swiss army knives of technology...they can do so much!

Fred Tchang from Advancing Opportunities will show you how devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android smartphones can be used to make life easier. Whether it’s built-in accessibility features that can read your texts/emails aloud and enlarge what you see on the screen, or low-cost apps that use video to help you remember the steps in a process.

Please bring your own device! Don’t have one? That’s okay! Let us know and we can bring a loaner for you to try for free (based on availability).

Registration is now closed. Fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list and we'll contact you if anyone cancels.

Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip
Dec
10
12:00 pm12:00

Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip

  • Woodbridge Center Mall

The tradition continues! As the holidays approach us, ACI once again will have our famous end of the year gathering with old and new friends to share some fond memories!

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, Gap, Macy’s, GameStop, & J.C. Penney.

Please bring enough money for both your meal 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 deadline is December 5th. Snow date is December 17th.

Exercise & Nutrition Series
Nov
22
12:00 pm12:00

Exercise & Nutrition Series

  • ACI

A healthy lifestyle starts NOW! Come join us to hear the tips and tricks you need to customize your exercise and nutrition.

Free Flu Shots
Nov
15
10:00 am10:00

Free Flu Shots

  • ACI

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)
Conversation & Coffee: A Night Out With ACI
Nov
8
6:30 pm18:30

Conversation & Coffee: A Night Out With ACI

  • Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe

AGE: 18 and up
COST: Bring money for food and drinks (average cost is $12)

Come enjoy a night out with ACI at Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe! Eat dinner and stay for some live music. Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe is accessible and near a bus route. To see the full menu, please visit: vangoghsearcafe.com.

In the event of inclement weather, you will be contacted by 4:00 PM.

NOTE: This program is currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please sign up at the link below.

Nightmare on Amboy Ave
Oct
21
6:30 pm18:30

Nightmare on Amboy Ave

  • ACI

COST: $5.00

Calling all goblins, ghosts, and creatures of the night! On Friday, October 21st, between the bewitching hours of 6:30 and 8:30 PM, put on your costumes and CREEP, FLOAT, or CRAWL on over to ACI!

Sit around our faux campfire for CHILLING TALES if you dare! Watch OUT! Something might be lurking in the woods around you!

Light dinner and refreshments served. Accommodations upon request.

Registration deadline is October 14th.

Presidential Debate Watch Party
Oct
19
8:30 pm20:30

Presidential Debate Watch Party

  • ACI

ACI is hosting a Presidential Debate Watch party. Come and watch the third presidential debate on our big screen TV and share your thoughts and opinions!

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2016
Oct
7
9:00 am09:00

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2016

  • NJ State House

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 6th Annual NJDPP will be held on Friday, October 7th at 9:00 AM in downtown Trenton, NJ. We are expecting hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities to march and roll from the State House to the post-parade celebration on East Lafayette Street.

For more information, please visit njdisabilitypride.com.

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

Lights, Camera, Scene It?
Sep
22
6:30 pm18:30

Lights, Camera, Scene It?

  • Mountainside Public Library

COST: $3.00

Attention all movie fans! Join ACI at the Mountainside Public Library to test your knowledge and have a few laughs. We will be playing the premier movie trivia game, with real movie clips, Scene It? 2nd Edition!

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration deadline is September 15th.

Disability Voter Registration Day
Sep
14
9:00 am09:00

Disability Voter Registration Day

  • ACI

Are you registered?
On November 8th, voters will go to the polls and elect a new president. This year's election is critical to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, 3 million eligible voters with disabilities did not vote in the last Presidential Election.

Help us get the disability vote out!
The Alliance Center for Independence and REV UP New Jersey will be hosting a Disability Voter Registration Day! Stop by our office on September 14th and we will get you registered to vote just in time for this year's election. Everyone who comes by and registers will receive a free REV UP NJ t-shirt.

Questions? Contact Luke at lkoppisch@adacil.org or 732-738-4388.

This work is supported with a grant from the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Remembering September 11th Lunch and Learn
Sep
9
12:30 pm12:30

Remembering September 11th Lunch and Learn

  • ACI

Join us on September 9th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM as we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Light lunch provided.

Health & Fitness Workshop
Sep
9
11:00 am11:00

Health & Fitness Workshop

  • ACI

Disability Health & Wellness Program Assistant, Gianna Marchesi, will be coming to ACI for a presentation on health and fitness for people with disabilities.

Topics will include:

  • Fitness tips
  • Healthy living as a whole
  • Review healthy foods (organic vs. non-organic)
  • Examples of exercises based on level of ability (with audience participation)
  • Free healthy snacks and guides for all participants!
REV UP National Organizing Call
Sep
8
3:00 pm15:00

REV UP National Organizing Call

On Thursday, September 8th at 3:00 PM ET, the REV UP Campaign will host a National Organizing Call to help coordinate the disability community's participation in National Voter Registration Day. You can register to join the call by clicking here. Carole Tonks, ACI Executive Director, will be presenting on the call. Join us and learn about how you can get involved.

Topics to be covered:

  • Review the role of the REV UP Campaign
  • Recap National Disability Voter Registration Week
  • Discuss how to prepare to participate in National Voter Registration Day
  • Learn about Successful State GOTV Strategies & Engagement
  • Set up state REV UP calls to support voter registration and GOTV efforts
Got Poetry?
Aug
24
6:30 pm18:30

Got Poetry?

  • Summit Free Public Library (Hickok Room)

Would you like to learn about poetry? Would you like to share and get feedback on a poem that you are working on? Or just come and read a poem from your favorite poet? Then come join ACI at our poetry workshop!

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration deadline is August 19th.

REV UP New Jersey Kickoff
Jul
25
1:00 pm13:00

REV UP New Jersey Kickoff

  • NJ State House

Join ACI, disability organizations and advocates throughout the state in Trenton on Monday, July 25th, as we launch our REV UP New Jersey voting campaign.

Come out and learn about how your vote can make an impact in this year's election! Grab some promotional items, enjoy live music, hear from voting rights activists, and help us make our vote count!

REV UP New Jersey is part of a non-partisan nationwide effort to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the election process. In this crucial presidential election year, REV UP NJ seeks to increase voter turn out, eliminate the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from voting and educated voters on the candidates and issues.

The event will take place on the steps on the NJ State House at 125 West State Street in Trenton.


MISC INFO

  • Mercer County Trade Transportation will be providing a shuttle to and from the NJ State House and the train station
  • Entertainment by Gary C
  • Speakers: Assemblyman Eric Houghtailing, Norman Smith,  RespectabilityUS, Stan Soden, Chris Miller, Lindsey Tuman and other self-advocates
  • Sign language interpreters
  • A large tent for shade and folding chairs
  • Free swag!
  • Exhibit tables: NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights NJ, Alliance Center for Independence, League of Women Voters

Please check out our REV UP NJ Facebook page for more details on the event and how you can get involved with REV UP New Jersey!

This work is supported with a grant from the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Make Your Community Accessible
Jul
19
10:00 am10:00

Make Your Community Accessible

  • ACI

Presenters: Edward H. Haas, Legal Specialist, NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, Division on Civil Rights and a representative from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards (invited).

Topics to be covered: NJ Barrier-Free Subcode (the basics), the uniformed commercial code, the role of the local code enforcer, and how to file a complaint against alleged violations.

If you face physical barriers in your community and are not sure where to turn, this workshop is for you!

This workshop is presented by ACI's Middlesex County Advocacy Group.

Trump Call-In Day
Jul
14
9:00 am09:00

Trump Call-In Day

The disability community is outraged that the Trump campaign had refused to respond to the disability questionnaire posed to it by RespectAbiltyUSA. We demand to know what his stance is on education, employment, housing, enforcement of the ADA, Social Security, and other issues that are important to us.

On July 14th, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, call or email the Trump Campaign Headquarters and demand that Donald Trump respond the to the disability questionnaire!

WHAT TO DO

  • Call the Trump for President HQ in New York City at 646-736-1779. Ask to speak to a policy person in the campaign (might have to leave a message).
  • Let them know that you are a VOTER and are one of 54 million citizens with a disability.
  • Tell them it’s important that the Trump campaign respond to the disability RespectAbilityUSA questionnaire.
  • Offer to send the RespectAbilityUSA questionnaire (which can be found at respectabilityusa.com/pwdsvote-2016-campaign-questionnaire) to the campaign (email address is policy@donaldtrump.com).
  • Not sure what to say? See script below.

Your call will make a difference!


CALL-IN SCRIPT

“Hello, my name is __________________________ and I am a person with a disability.”

“I am calling to request that the Trump campaign respond to questionnaire posed to it by the disability advocacy group RespectAbilityUSA. Because there are 54 million citizens with disabilities in the US his response is critical.”

“The questions were sent to all the candidates back in January. All but the Trump campaign has responded.”

“When should we expect a response?”

You may end up having to leave a voice mail massage. Please make sure you leave your name and number.


SAMPLE EMAIL

Offer to send the questionnaire by email. Here is a sample of what to say in the body of the email.

My name is____________________, and I am a person with a disability.

I am writing to urge your campaign to respond to the 16 disability-related questionnaire posed by RespectAbilityUSA, a Maryland-based disability advocacy group.

Here is the link to the RespectAbilityUSA Presidential Questionnaire on disability-related issues: respectabilityusa.com/pwdsvote-2016-campaign-questionnaire.

Because there are 54 million Americans with disabilities, the importance of the Trump for President Campaign to respond to the questions is imperative. The questions were first submitted to all the candidates back in January. All but the Trump campaign have answered at this point.

Thank you very much for your anticipated response. In the meantime, here is the RespectAbilityUSA website: respectabilityusa.com.

If you have any questions, I can be reached at (phone number) or (email).

Thank you,
(Your Name)

Please copy us on your email or contact Luke Koppisch (lkoppisch@adacil.org, 732-738-4388) at the Alliance Center for Independence to let us know that you called. We would like to keep track of how many calls were made to the campaign and what their response was.


SAMPLE TWEET

Contact Donald Trump directly on Twitter with a link to the questionnaire. Here's an example of what you can tweet.

"@realDonaldTrump The #disability community needs to you to address our issues! http://respectabilityusa.com/pwdsvote-2016-campaign-questionnaire"

 

Baseball Game: Patriots vs. Barnstormers
Jul
8
7:05 pm19:05

Baseball Game: Patriots vs. Barnstormers

  • TD Bank Ballpark

COST: FREE but donations are always welcome!

Join ACI at TD Bank Ballpark to cheer for our Somerset Patriots on to victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers!

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

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations made upon request. Bring money for concessions if desired.

Registration deadline is June 27th.

NOTE: All tickets have been claimed. Click the button below to be added to the waiting list.

Plays in the Park: The Little Mermaid
Jun
17
8:30 pm20:30

Plays in the Park: The Little Mermaid

  • Roosevelt Park

COST: $7.00 at the door. $5.00 for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Cash only.

Join ACI at Roosevelt Park for a theatrical journey under the sea and back to 1989. Plays in the Park is proud to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid live on stage!

Please meet us at the ticket booth at 6:30 PM. Parking is free but first come first serve. Transportation will not be provided. Bring money for concessions or bring food from home. Bring a lawn chair no higher than 40 inches if you need a seat.

Sensory Seminar Audio Description: Starts at 7:00 PM (Sensory Seminar for people with visual impairments or those interested. The Audio Describer explains a bit about the show: characters, scenic elements, group has a chance to touch costumes, props and/or set pieces, sometimes the actors are present and speak a little to the group so their voices can be identified).

Registration deadline is June 9th.

Sun Damage Screening
Jun
7
11:00 am11:00

Sun Damage Screening

  • ACI
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Are you protected from the sun? ACI has partnered with St. Peter's University Hospital's Community Mobile Health Services to offer free sun damage screenings! Staff from St. Peter's will be on hand to give out information and advise on how to protect your skin during the summer months.

The DermaScan is an instrument that magnifies the image of your face using a black light. The black light will highlight the harmful effects of overexposure (sun damage) from the sun’s UV rays. The registered nurse will alert you to the areas of the face that are oily, dry or sun damaged. We will discuss and provide literature on the sun’s damaging rays and the importance of wearing sun screen. This is not a skin cancer screening.

Princeton University Protest
May
27
1:00 pm13:00

Princeton University Protest

  • Princeton University

ACI, along with ADAPT of Philadelphia and other disability rights organizations, will protest Princeton University's continuing practice of discriminating against students with disabilities. Professor Peter Singer, who advocates denying health care coverage for infants born with severe disabilities, is still a faculty member. And recently a graduate student with a disability waged a hunger strike to protest the University's denial of her request for reasonable accommodations.

BRING YOUR OWN SIGNS!
Bring hand made signs, placards and your outrage! Hand-held signs cannot be attached to sticks or similar objects.

REGISTRATION AND QUESTIONS
Please register by filling out the form below. If you have any questions, please contact ACI or visit the Peter Singer Must Go Facebook page. This is a rain or shine event.

Green Thumb Gardening
May
26
5:30 pm17:30

Green Thumb Gardening

  • ACI

SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00

ACI invites you to come learn about gardening! Jerri Barclay and Anne Ryder from the Rutgers Master Gardeners Program will be presenting information about the basics of gardening and how to adapt common gardening practices to different needs. There will also be an interactive portion of the presentation where participants will have the opportunity to have some hands on experience with plants. So wear something you don’t mind getting dirty and let’s watch those thumbs turn green!

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request.

Registration deadline is May 19th.

NOTE: The workshop is currently full. Click the button below to be added to the waiting list. We will notify you if a spot opens up!

NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference: Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included
May
4
1:00 pm13:00

NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference: Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included

  • Tropicana Casino & Resort

The Overnight Shelter Exercise, “Everyone’s” Included presentation will give the participants the tools to work within their own communities so they will be able to execute their own shelter exercise.

The exercise brings together all community stakeholders to participate in a full scale overnight experience. It is essential to bring together first responders and the disability community as equal partners. By doing so, barriers are removed and each community can learn from the other. Preparing first responders and people with disabilities for the next disaster together will save lives.

Presented by: Madeleine Goldfarb, Noah’s Ark Institute, Carole Tonks/Luke Koppisch, Alliance Center for Independence and John Ferguson, Middlesex OEM.

For more information, please visit: njepa.org/sessions/overnight-shelter-exercise

Deaf Grassroots Movement March at State Capital
May
4
9:00 am09:00

Deaf Grassroots Movement March at State Capital

  • NJ State House

The Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Protest March is a movement to demand improvements in education, communication access and employment opportunities for our community, as we are still facing discrimination. It also hopes to strengthen the pride, diversity, and unity of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing community and its families and friends. Everyone who believes that Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals are a natural part of human diversity and supports the Deaf Grassroots Movement is invited to participate in the march.

For more details and to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/569336656576326