Virtual Learning Program

Creating an Inclusive Community that Encourages Learning and Friendship




We are pleased to announce the reopening of our Day Program on October 13, 2020. We will have both In Person and Virtual Options.

At our Community Inclusion Center we run a Saturday Program and a Full Time Day Program. Our program features Pre-Vocational Training focused on teaching adults with special needs (aged 18 and over) the skills needed to prepare for gainful employment.

Classes

Our Day Program runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and we will be reopening our Saturday Program as soon as DDD allows us to.

All our in person classes will be livestreamed though zoom so students can virtually attend any of our classes. Students can take any of the following classes virtually

  • Graphic Art
  • Fine Art
  • Theatre
  • Reading
  • Creative Writing
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Computer Skills
  • Lifeskills
  • Web Design and Computer Programming

How to Sign Up?

Step #1 – Contact our Supports Services Manager, Harriet Shander, via phone at (908) 848-0385 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step # 2 – Get in contact with your Support Coordinator to let them know that you are interested in attending our Virtual Learning Program.

Meet the Staff

Erica Ryans

Day Program Manager

Erica Ryans graduated from Rutgers University with a master`s in Social Work. She has served the social work field for over 20 years.

Sonal Gadhavi

Technology & Fine Art Instructor

Sonal is a professional Artist and Designer who holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Design with over 15 years of teaching experience. However, her first love is art so as to teach, inspire and acculturate the next generation of young talents. She wants to combine her technical & creative skills in teaching fine arts, computer aided design, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Web PDM. She is highly creative, innovative and passionate and uses cutting– edge technology to discover creative ways to assist young adults and organizations in meeting their learning and productivity goals. Sonal has also been exhibiting her art /paintings & illustrations. Her artwork has been described as “a harmonious symphony between abstract and spiritual sensibilities”. She has been working with top notch fashion brands in New York Fashion garment district for over 12 years and designing various collections for Fashion Shows. She would like to share her fashion industry experience in creating innovative problem-solving product design. She is also a published illustrator for a children’s story book on Mindfulness & Yoga. She serves as an Art Commissioner for Woodbridge Township NJ.

Brandon Yambó

Culinary Arts Instructor

Brandon Yambó studied International Cuisine overseas in Puerto Rico. Throughout college, he worked in the oldest bakery in Puerto Rico La Capalana. He attended one of the best culinary schools on the island called Escuela Hotelera San Juan. While obtaining his degree, he did an internship at the Sheraton Hotel Viejo San Juan. After college, he did a second Internship at the St. Regis Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. He worked his way up the food chain from a prep cook to a co-banquet supervisor for two and a half years. Cooking was always a passion for him, and he enjoys teaching others as well. He has always had a special connection to people with special needs because of his brother who has several disabilities. He has been working for Disability Allies for the past year at the Saturday program.

Matt Holbert

Theater Instructor

Matt Holbert is our Lead Theatre Instructor for the Saturday Program and will be joining us full time for the Day Program. He is also the Producing Associate of Dragonfly Theater where he assists various classes. He stage manages every so often and is a lead worship leader for SUS Worship band as well as a leader in the church under the same name. A singer/actor from Metuchen, NJ, his credits range from theater to film/television. Some credits include Dinario Jones in Homicide for the Holidays(Oxygen Channel), Chauncey in Clench(Abu! Film Productions), and robber in Our Lady of the 80s(Hilda Productions). His theater credits include Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope(Ensemble, Freeddom Theater), Little Mermaid(U/S Sebastian, Gretna Theater), Hamlet(Fortinbras, American Theatre of Actors), and Coarse Acting Show(Aperient, Drangonfly Multicultural Arts Center). Matt would like to thank his friends, his family, his mom (who always supported him no matter what, SUS ministries, Catherine & Anna at Dragonfly, and Ross for this wonderful opportunity to teach the best students in the world. Let’s sing! Let’s dance!! Let’s come alive!!! But most of all have fun!!!

Janette Alexander

Life Skills Financial and Social Emotional Instructor and Job Coach

Janette Alexander holds a master`s degree in Human Resources and Marriage and Family Counseling. She works in the healthcare field for 10 years as a Critical Care Respiratory, Technician, and Medical Assistant Skills Educator, FEMA Certified Healthcare Professional. Janette has several years of Mental Health Experience through Christian Counseling, Pre- Marital Counseling, and Life Coaching. Certified in Trauma Response, Crisis Intervention, Group Counseling, Life Coaching and various other social and e>motional counseling areas. Her spiritual foundation is a very important part of her life. Janette enjoys reading, listening to music, watching sports, writing, spending time with family, and event planning.

Brooke Moseman

Reading and Writing Instructor

Brooke Moseman has been Disability Allies' reading and writing instructor since September. She has a master`s in elementary education and a certification in special education as well. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as Rutgers University for college and graduate school. Before she became an instructor at Disability Allies, she was an instructional aid in the elementary schools in East Brunswick and Colts Neck. She also worked as a Kindergarten and aftercare teacher at the Learning Experience in Old Bridge. She also volunteered with Disability Allies before becoming an instructor. She loves watching her class learn new skills and develop friends along the way. She is proud to be part of the Disability Allies team.

Akila Chapa

Floater Instructor and Direct Support Professional

Akila is a graduate from Rutgers University with a double major in Psychology and Cell Biology and Neuroscience. During her time in college she took part in research that worked towards improving and assessing classroom strategies. Akila is our Floater. She assists instruction in various classes such as Life Skills, Social and Emotional Learning, Reading, Recreation and other classes if required. She also works as a Direct Support Professional where she provides 1 on 1 prevocational training and community-based support to individuals with special needs. She is passionate about working with others and towards creating a connected community.

Raymond Flores

Music Instructor

Born in Manhattan, New York, Raymond is an active freelancer in the New York/ New Jersey setting. Currently he holds the Classical Notes and Philharmonic Orchestra`s Bass Trombone chair and is one of the founding members of the Puerto Rican Trombone Ensemble. Mr. Flores completed his undergrad studies from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico where he studied with Luis Fred, Principal Trombone at the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at the time and graduated in 2015. While studying his degree in Trombone Performance in Puerto Rico he freelanced with regional orchestras, popular music groups, big band ensembles and chamber groups. In 2011, he was named Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Competition as part of the International Trombone Festival in Nashville Tennessee. He was a frequent call for the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Bass Trombonist of the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra. Some of the artists that Mr.Flores worked with are Chris Botti, Michelle Camino. Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paloma San Bacilo, Wilkins Carlos Vives, to name a few. In 2017, he relocated from Puerto Rico to New York where he started his master`s degree in music at Rutgers University. He then started actively freelancing with numerous groups in the east coast. Some have been the New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York City Philharmonic Orchestra, So and So Orchestra, The Eastern Winds Symphony and many more groups within the salsa genre. Some of his interests include reading, sports, spending time with family, and friends and exploring local restaurants.