Day Program

Creating an Inclusive Community that Encourages Learning and Friendship




Overview

We are very excited to announce the opening of our new Full-Time Day Program on August 12, 2019! Inspired by the success of our Saturday Program, we have used the insights obtained to pattern our Full-Time Day Program. Our program will feature Pre-Vocational Training focused on teaching adults with special needs (aged 18 and over) the skills needed to prepare for gainful employment.

Our Day Program is conveniently located at:
Young Adult Community Inclusion Center
415 Rt. 18 South, Suite 4,
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Why DA?

There are many reasons why you will benefit from choosing our Day Program and Disability Allies as your provider, however, these are just a few that we feel make a big difference:

  1. Warm, Family Environment – We are deeply passionate about the community and the families that we serve, and we make it our number one priority to make sure our clients feel right at home and are comfortable with their surroundings, our staff, and our program.
  2. Experienced Staff and Instructors– We have retained almost all of our Saturday Program staff and instructors to work at our new Day Program. This will allow us to capitalize on the chemistry we have already developed amongst the staff members. Each of our instructors have extensive experience and knowledge in their particular field.
  3. Holistic Approach – We use a multi-disciplinary approach combining recreational and prevocational activities that encourages the development of employable skills, social and emotional skills, and life skills. Our program will encourage our participants to apply what they learn to employment situations.
  4. Open 6 Days A Week With Extended Hours– We do our best to provide consistent support to our clients and their families. We are open 6 days a week, offer extended hours from (3 to 6:30pm) and only close on a few holidays throughout the year.
  5. Encourage Individual Growth – Our professional staff encourage connectivity between individuals which helps to insure exposure to new experiences and friendships.
  6. Our Facility Features – A state of the art kitchen, music and technology rooms along with a spacious recreational area.

Activities

Our Day Program will have a variety of activities to choose from and will provide prevocational training to young adults with special needs in the following subject areas:

Life Skills

  • Time Management and setting up a daily schedule
  • Yoga and Relaxation
  • Folding laundry and washing dishes
  • Cleaning, Vacuuming and Dusting

Tech and Computer Skills

  • Coding and Computer Programming
  • Graphic Design
  • Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Website Design
  • Email Marketing

Fine Art

  • Painting
  • Printing clothing
  • Collages
  • Weaving baskets
  • Jewelry Making

Music Instruction

  • Learning how to play musical instruments
  • Learning to keep the beat and rhythm
  • Music appreciation
  • Singing instruction and Karaoke
  • Individual and group dancing

Culinary Arts

  • Cutting and Mixing
  • Using an oven, stove and grill
  • Learning how to follow recipe
  • Baking cakes, pastries and other treats
  • Major focus on healthy and nutritious meals

Money Management

  • Learning how to open up a bank account
  • Counting money and making change
  • Writing a check
  • Keeping a budget

Recreational Games & Fitness

  • Pool, Ping Pong, Air Hockey and Foosball Table
  • Board Games & Table Games
  • Exercise and Physical Fitness
  • Relay Races

Theatre

  • Writing, reading, and performing skits and plays
  • Write, read, and perform plays
  • Improv
  • Engage in various theatre games

Job Skills Training

  • Exploring different career options
  • Resume Workshops
  • Mock Interviews
  • Applying for jobs on career websites

Language Arts

  • Decoding using an Orton Gillingham Approach
  • Developing comprehension using basic readers
  • Utilizing a book club to understand and appreciate literature
  • Learning how to write poetry and short stories

Schedule

Our Day Program runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and Saturday from 9am to 6:30pm. We offer extended hours from 3pm to 6:30pm on weekdays. Our clients will be able to select any combination of the plans below up to a maximum of (5) days per week.

Plan A – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Plan B – Tuesday, Thursday
Plan C – Saturday Only

Click Here to see our Program Schedule

Meet the Staff

Fran Cohen, Day Program Manager

Fran received her Master's degree in Counselor Education from Kean University as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Special Education. She also holds four New Jersey State Certifications in Teacher of the Handicapped, NJ Elementary Education, Teacher of Nursery School, and Student Direct Personnel Services. She has worked at Woodbridge Township Board of Education since 1987 as a Special Education Teacher, School Counselor, Harrassment Intimidation and Bullying Specialist, and a Homeless Liaison. She is currently the Vice President of The Metuchen-Edison and Colonia chapter of Hadassah and has served as the past Treasurer of Hadassah. Fran has both volunteered and worked as Case Manager for Disability Allies for the past two 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!!!

Jonathan Rios, Music Instructor

Jonathan Rios comes from a family lineage of musicians following in the footsteps of his father, Fernando Rio, a singer/songwriter. Because of his formal training along with self education, Jonathan can play multiple instruments, such as the piano, drums, percussions, and bass guitar. He would like to pay tribute to his instructor, Ivonne Valdez, who was a pivotal figure in his musical development growing up. He has a passion for working with the special needs community and has been a great addition to our Saturday Program staff and now the full time Day Program staff.

Transportation

DA has established a relationship with a transportation provider that has experience working with the special needs community. They will be able to transport our clients from their home to our Inclusion Center each day. We will work with our transportation provider (if needed) to coordinate transportation. Transportation can be utilized through each client’s DDD budget.

How it Works?

Our services can be billed directly through each individual’s budget funded through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) with little to no out-of-pocket cost for each family. Each participant must be 18 years of age or older to attend our program. Our Day Program will use (24) units of Prevocational Training (Tiered Rate for a Group Setting) per day and up to (120) units per week. Per DDD regulations, each client can only utilize (30) hours per week or (120) units towards Prevocational Training (Tiered Rate for a Group Setting).

Pictures and Videos

We have many pictures of our Day Program in action. Click Here to view them.
Be sure to check out our Promotional Video for our program.

Flyer and Brochure

Please help us by distributing our flyer and brochure to your friends and family.

Click Here for our Flyer
Click Here for our Brochure (Print Version)
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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 Day Program.