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    Announcement: The Warren County Advisory Council on Disabilities is seeking nominations for the Thomas M. Kennedy Excellence in Accessibility Award. View the flyer or visit our Excellence in Accessibility Award page for more information.

    Welcome to DAWN Center for Independent Living

    Sectional Mural

    Large sectional mural displayed at DAWN’s Denville office, painted by participants of the Franki’s Fund youth program.

    Centers for Independent Living (CILs) emerged as an outcome of advocacy efforts that were part of the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements. This advocacy led to the passing of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Advocacy has remained an integral part of the work of the CILs. One of the driving forces of these advocacy efforts has been to ensure that people with disabilities have control over the services provided to them under the Rehabilitation Act. With an aim to ensure the legal rights of people with disabilities and to promote full inclusion and access to equal opportunity, these tireless advocacy efforts also have resulted in landmark legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992, 1997, and 2008, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, the Assistive Technology Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

    To view a compelling 1989 CBS broadcast interview between Harry Reasoner and Ed Roberts, the “father of the Independent Living Movement”, please visit  This incredible interview offers a most compelling story that precisely articulates the spirit of the Independent Living Movement and the significance of the work of the Centers for Independent Living.

    All of DAWN’s programs and services embody the principles of the Independent Living philosophy, which asserts that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, and control as do people without disabilities, and DAWN is dedicated to its legacy and commitment as a CIL in advancing the Independent Living Movement.  We invite anyone interested in more information about DAWN, Centers for Independent Living, or the Independent Living Movement to contact us to learn more about the work of ensuring the rights of people with disabilities, and about how to become involved.

    DAWN’s currently serves over 800 people in Denville, Sussex, and Warren counties in New Jersey.  Services are funded through membership contributions, donations, fundraising, and a host of agencies and foundations that have partnered with DAWN to realize equal opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities.

    About The DAWN Mural

    The artist, Arlene Sullivan from the Changing Images Art Foundation, was commissioned to create a design outline incorporating the DAWN logo which was to be painted by the participants of Franki’s Fund. The participants worked diligently to bring color and life to the design. They were focused and excited to create the artwork and amazed at what they accomplished when they saw the finished product.  The mural represents one of the many hidden talents many young people with disabilities possess that are often untapped.  Smaller versions of the mural are on display at DAWN’s offices in Hackettstown and Sparta.