NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE

INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL
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Key Civil Rights Laws for People with Disabilities

1964

1964 - Civil Rights Act - Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and creed. 1968 - Architectural Barriers Act - Prohibits architectural barriers in all federally owned or leased buildings. 1970 - Urban Mass Transit Act - Requires all new mass transit vehicles be equipped with wheelchair lifts (not fully implemented until 1990). 1972 - New Jersey law Against Discrimination (LAD) - Makes it unlawful to subject people to differential treatment based on disability. 1973 - Rehabilitation Act - Prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in federal programs and all programs receiving federal funding. 1975 – Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights Act - Establishes protection and advocacy services. 1975 - Education of All Handicapped Children Act - Requires free appropriate public education for all children with disabilities. 1977 - NJ Uniform construction Code - Requires all public buildings constructed or substantially remodeled to be made accessible to people with disabilities. 1978 - Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act - Provides for consumer-controlled centers for independent living. 1983 - Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act - Provides for the Client Assistance Program. 1985 - Mental Illness Bill of Rights Act - Requires protection and advocacy services for people with mental illness. 1988 - Civil Rights Restoration Act - Clarifies that discrimination in any portion of a program which receives any federal funding is illegal. 1988 - Air Carrier Access Act - Prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in air travel and requires access to air transportation services. 1988 - Amendments to the Fair Housing Act - Prohibits discrimination in housing against people with disabilities and provides access for certain new housing units. 1990 - Americans with Disabilities Act - Provides comprehensive civil rights protections for people with disabilities. 1992 - Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act - Expands the role of statewide independent living councils. 1997 - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Renews commitment to a free, public education for all children with disabilities.

1997

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New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council
The New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is a 17-member body appointed by the Governor which maximizes opportunities for people with disabilities through planning and advocacy. These roles were formalized in 1992 by amendments to the federal Rehabilitation Act. As a result, Governor Jim Florio transformed the former Independent Living Advisory Council into the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). The SILC was established as a separate entity, in, but not of, the New Jersey Department of Labor in 1993. The SILC membership represents the interests of New Jersey’s cross disability population and, by law, a majority of the Council are people with disabilities. Voting members include: advocates for people with disabilities, representatives from private businesses, disability-related organizations, and CIL directors. Non-voting ex officio members include: representatives from the N J Dept. of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and the N J Dept. of Human Services, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) as well as the Division of Disability Services, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Division of Mental Health Services, and the N J Dept of Education, Office of Special Education Services. The SILC promotes a philosophy of independent living, including consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy, and works to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities. The SILC also solicits public feedback on the delivery of independent living services and works with CILs and other service providers to adapt their programs to changing needs. Among other duties, the SILC is charged with the responsibility to: ❖ Develop and submit (in conjunction with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired) the State Plan for Independent Living required in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act; ❖ Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State plan; ❖ Coordinate activities with the State Rehabilitation Council established under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act; ❖ Submit periodic reports to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education and keep all necessary records; ❖ Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings are open to the public and that sufficient advance notice is provided.

For more information about the SILC, including meeting schedules and agendas, visit our web page at www.njil.org or call 732-571-3703 (voice) 732-571-4878 (TTY).
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What is Independent living?
Independent living is a philosophy which states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices and control as do people without disabilities. The ramifications of this simple statement are many and those who embrace it are part of a movement which works to eliminate the attitudinal, physical and communications barriers faced by individuals as they work towards independence and full integration into the community. Independent living promotes persons with disabilities managing their own affairs, leading fulfilling lives, and making decisions which lead to self-determination and away from dependence on others. The independent living movement's development has paralleled the civil rights movement, seeking to extend the rights gained for ethnic minorities to people with disabilities. The principles of independent living are in direct contrast to the dependence created by institutionalization which segregates people with disabilities, treats them as sick or incapacitated and dismisses them as unproductive. The independent living movement rejects each of these outdated, stereotypical notions and seeks to change community attitudes and beliefs which perpetuate dependence.

What Are Centers for Independent Living (CILs)?
The "front lines" of New Jersey’s independent living movement are the twelve private, non-profit Centers for Independent Living (CILs) located throughout the state. Building upon the model created by the first CIL opened in Berkeley, CA in 1972, the CILs work with people with all disabilities to advance their independence and to help remove barriers to independent living found in local communities. Each Center is an independent, selfgoverning, non-profit organization which responds to needs within the community and takes action to eliminate barriers in each region. What sets CILs apart from other service organizations is their commitment to involving people with disabilities in making policy decisions and delivering services. People with disabilities and other interested parties within the community play an integral role in the development and implementation of the CILs’ mission and vision. More than 51 percent of the people serving on the CILs’ Boards of Directors are themselves living with disabilities. A majority of CILs staff members also have disabilities.

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The "core" services provided by CILs are:
Information and referral CILs maintain files on resources and services available in their regions and refer persons with disabilities to appropriate vendors/providers such as: accessible housing, transportation, personal assistants, interpreters for the deaf, employment opportunities, and legal services. Other information and referral topics may include: disability legislation, disability-specific organizations, financial benefits programs, and other social service organizations. Independent Living Skills Instruction CILs provide instruction in areas such Individual and systems advocacy Individual advocacy entails assisting people in circumventing barriers to full inclusion. This may involve providing support with obtaining legal and economic benefits, working toward the removal of architectural barriers, and coordination with other agencies that provide essential services. CILs also provide systems (community) advocacy, working to make changes to expand physical access and civil and legal rights of people with disabilities. as money management, use of adaptive equipment, social skills, and interviewing techniques. Independent living skills instruction assists individuals to develop the skills and self-confidence to achieve their goals. Independent living skills instruction can be provided individually or in group situations. Peer counseling and support Through interaction with others who have similar disabilities and life experiences, individuals can gain insight into strategies which have been used successfully to cope with challenges to various independent living goals. People who have recently sustained their disability or who have lived in segregated environments often benefit greatly from the support of role models.

Other Services
In addition to the "core" services, each CIL offers unique programs based on the expressed needs of the community it serves. ❖

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Locations
Middlesex, Somerset & Union Counties
Alliance for Disabled in Action, Inc. (ADA) 629 Amboy Avenue - Lower Level Suite Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 738-4388 Voice (732) 738-9644 TTY (732) 738-4416 Fax E-mail: adacil@adacil.org Area Served - Counties of Middlesex, Somerset & Union Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life. ❖

city of camden
Camden City Independent Living Center, Inc. (CCILC) Lorraine Culbertson, Executive Director 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, Suite 413 Camden, NJ 08104 (856) 966-0800 Voice (856) 966-0830 TTY (856) 966-0832 Fax E-mail: camdencil@aol.com Area Served - City of Camden

Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life. ❖

gloucester & camden Counties
Center for Independent Living of South Jersey, Inc. (CIL-SJ) Hazel Lee-Briggs, Executive Director 1200 Delsea Drive, Plaza 47, Suite #6 Westville, NJ 08093 (856) 853-6490 Voice (856) 853-7602 TTY (856) 853-1466 Fax E-mail: cilsj@verizon.net Area Served - Counties of Gloucester & Camden
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Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach selfadvocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life. Students with disabilities from local colleges outreach to high school students, act as role models, and provide resources. The ultimate goal of this peer mentoring project is to recruit and develop an ongoing group of youth leaders. ❖

Locations
Morris, SuSSex & Warren Counties
DAWN Center for Independent Living, Inc. Carmela Slivinski, Executive Director 400 South Main Street, Suite 3 Wharton, NJ 07885 (973) 361-5666 Voice 1-888-383-DAWN Toll Free (973) 361-6032 TTY (973) 361-7086 Fax E-mail: info@dawninc.org Area Served - Counties of Morris, Sussex & Warren Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life. A video relay system enables deaf individuals to independently resolve issues through the

use of this technology. In addition, individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired meet regularly to share social and educational opportunities. The Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection (ADRC) - DAWN is one of two centers involved in New Jersey’s ADRC pilot project. This pilot project strives to create a seamless system for accessing services for both the aging and the disabled populations. DAWN staff collaborates with the Warren County Division of Senior Services as well as other agencies to implement a system which will enable individuals within Warren County to easily access services. Transition from Nursing Homes into Community Living - DAWN works collaboratively with the State office of Long-Term Care Options in transitioning individuals from nursing homes into the community. DAWN provides these individuals with continued support through their transition and encourages those individuals to participate in its regularly scheduled activities for peer support, socialization and education. ❖

Essex & passaic Counties
Disabled Information Awareness & Living, Inc. (DIAL) John Petix, Jr. Executive Director 66 Mount Prospect Avenue, Bldg. C Clifton, NJ 07013 (973) 470-8090 Voice (973) 470-2521 TTY (973) 470-8171 Fax E-mail: info@dial-cil.org Area Served - Counties of Essex & Passaic Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life.

Ready, Set, Go To Work! is a pre-vocational program for persons who are interested in going to work, changing careers, or advancing out of a sheltered workshop setting. The program teaches: exploration of career options; use of support and vocational services; resume development; job search techniques; completion of job applications; development and practice of interviewing skills; negotiation for the desired job, salary and benefits; and proper social skills and work ethics. Ancillary skills such as locating housing, childcare, and money management, which are necessary in order to obtain and retain employment, are also taught. Upon completion of the course, participants are invited to continue their development by focusing on their job search. They use the Internet to find jobs and submit resumes and job applications. ❖

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Locations
Bergen County
Heightened Independence & Progress, Inc. (hip) Eileen Goff, Executive Director 131 Main Street, Suite 120 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (201) 996-9100 Voice (201) 996-9424 TTY (201) 996-9422 Fax E-mail: ber@hipcil.org Area Served - County of Bergen Additional Services: The Modification Access Project (MAP) provides funding toward home modifications, and the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) similarly finances the purchase of equipment. Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) assists high school students to acquire and strengthen selfadvocacy and self-determination skills as they prepare for adult life. Beyond Bergen County – Project Access ensures that all new residential construction in Bergen and Hudson County is built in compliance with federal and state mandates. The Adjustment to Vision Loss Project (AVL) establishes peer support groups for people with vision loss as well as providing training for mental health professionals, medical facilities, and other relevant groups in the 14 northern and central New Jersey counties. Across the Nation – Multimedia Transcription Service (MTS) transcribes materials into Braille, large print, and audiocassette. MTS produces brochures, newsletters, meeting information, etc. The major focus of the project transcribes textbooks into Braille for students across the country. ❖

Hudson County
Heightened Independence & Progress, Inc. (hip) Hudson Branch Kathleen Wood, Director 26 Journal Square, Suite 602 Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201) 533-4407 Voice (201) 533-4409 TTY (201) 533-4421 Fax E-mail: hud@hipcil.org Area Served - County of Hudson

Additional Services: An Advocacy Coordinator addresses individual and systems advocacy issues. A bilingual staff person works specifically with people whose primary language is Spanish in order to ensure full access to hip’s services. Special Assistance for Independent Living (SAIL) assists with payment (full or partial) for rehabilitation technology and other items to enhance independent living options for people with physical and sensory disabilities. Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) provides opportunities for students (14 and older) to develop self-advocacy and independent living skills. The students are also encouraged to utilize the CIL as a resource to find and develop linkages to community-based services and options which they can use in their vocational and other post-secondary planning. ❖
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Locations
Monmouth & Ocean Counties
Moceans Center for Independent Living, Inc. (MOCEANS) Patricia McShane, Executive Director 279 Broadway – 1st Floor Long Branch, NJ 07740 (732) 571-4884 Voice (732) 571-4878 TTY (732) 571-4003 Fax E-mail: patmcshane@verizon.net Area Served - Counties of Monmouth & Ocean Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life.
In Monmouth County the Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) and the PEER program assist adults with disabilities with tasks such as light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping and other activities of daily living. PASP is available to individuals age 18 to 65 who are employed, preparing for work, attending school or actively involved in the community. PEER is open to adults 18 and older who have Medicaid. Disability Awareness Through Education (DATE). The aim of the DATE project is to help Monmouth and Ocean County residents of all ages react positively to children and adults with disabilities encountered in schools and the community. The program uses simulation activities to increase the understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities. The most unique aspect of DATE is that the presenters are people with disabilities serving as role models and offering direct, personal interaction with adults and children. ❖

Mercer County
Progressive Center for Independent Living, Inc. (PCIL) Scott Elliott, Executive Director 1262 White Horse – Hamilton Square Rd, Madison Corporate Center

Building A, Suite 102 Hamilton, NJ 08690 (609) 581-4500 Voice (609) 581-4550 TTY (609) 581-4555 Fax E-mail: info@pcil.org Area Served - Mercer County ❖ ports as the students transition from school to adult life. PCIL offers workshops about various topics including: Emergency Preparedness, Budgeting/ Banking, Social Security, Fair Housing, DVR Services, Ticket to Work / NJ Wins, Personal Safety, Reasonable Accommodations, Disability Awareness and Sensitivity, Home Skills, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). PCIL sponsors a cross-disability support group that meets monthly. Individuals can keep abreast of current laws by becoming involved in our legislative committee, learn office skills through volunteering, utilize our resource library and computers that are on line with the latest programs. ❖

hunterdon County
Satellite Office Beth Edwards, IL Program Manager 4 Walter Foran Bld, Suite 410 Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 782-1055 Voice (908) 782-1081 TTY (908) 782-6025 Fax Email: info@pcil.org Area Served - Hunterdon County Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supNJSILC 9

Locations
Burlington County
Resources for Independent Living, Inc. (RIL) Lisa Smith, Executive Director 351 High Street, Suite 103 Burlington, NJ 08016 (609) 747-7745 Voice (609) 747-1875 TTY (609) 747-1870 Fax E-mail: lsmith@rilnj.org Area Served - County of Burlington Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life. Choices is a program which assists people with disabilities to transition from nursing homes to community-based living situations. ❖

Atlantic & Cape may Counties
Total Living Center, Inc. (TLC) Julia Bonelli, Executive Director The Courtyard - Suite B-8, 707, White Horse Pike, Absecon, NJ 08201 (609) 645-9547 Voice (609) 645-9593 TTY (609) 813-2318 Fax E-mail: info@tlcenter.org Area Served - Counties of Atlantic & Cape May

Additional Services: Promoting Self-Advocacy Project – Works with students between the ages of 14 and 21, their families and education professionals to teach self-advocacy skills, share resources, and provide a link to community-based services and supports as the students transition from school to adult life. The Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection (ADRC) pilot project strives to create a seamless system for accessing services for both the aging and the disabled populations. ❖

CAPE MAY, CUMBERLAND & SALEM Counties
Tri-County Independent Living Center, Inc. (TRI-CILC) Pam Elliott, Executive Director 120 North High Street #12 Millville, NJ 08332

(856) 327-5177 Voice (856) 327-5328 TTY (856) 327-5153 Fax E-mail: tcilc@aol.com Area Served - Counties of Cape May, Cumberland & Salem ❖

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The New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living (NJACIL) is a professional association established to support the work of New Jersey's Centers for Independent Living (CILs). NJACIL works to: assist CILs to be maximally effective in their local communities; ensure full inclusion of all persons with disabilities; advocate for the creation of a barrier-free environment and influence legislation and public policy to benefit people with disabilities.

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