ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC FORUMS RE: THE NEW STATE PLAN FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

The New Jersey Statewide independent Living Council (NJSILC), in conjunction with the Directors of Centers for Independent Living, the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, has drafted a new three year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

Feedback is invited from IL consumers, their families, advocates, service providers and other interested parties, especially regarding SPIL goals; underserved areas/populations; and expansion of the CIL Network should additional funding become available.

Public Forums will be conducted from Noon to 2 p.m. on April 25 and 26, 2016 at two locations:

Monday April 25 – Heightened Independence & Progress-Bergen

131 Main Street (Suite 120) Hackensack, NJ 07601

Tuesday April 26 – Alliance Center for Independence

629 Amboy Avenue (Lower Level) Edison, NJ 08837

These sites are physically accessible. If you require other accommodations, such as deaf language interpreters, you must email or call the SILC Coordinator with your request by April 8. After that, time may be too short to arrange accommodations.

Feedback may also be given via letter, email and telephone from April 25 through the 29th.

Letter: please mail to NJSILC Coordinator 25 Caroline Drive South River, NJ 08882

Email: please send to SILC Coordinator to meneary@njsilc.org

Phone: please call the Coordinator at 732-254-2484 M-F between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to dictate your remarks (if no one is available, your call will be returned if you leave your name and number)

Letters, emails and calls MUST be received by 4/29/16 in order to be included in the Forum report that will be sent to the Council and CIL Directors for their final review the new State Plan.

To read the draft State Plan for Independent Living, please go to the NJSILC website or, to review a hard copy, visit or call your local Center for Independent Living. The NJSILC website address is www.njsilc.org. The home page will describe how to access the electronic version of the Plan and also can direct you to contact information for each of the State’s Centers for Independent Living. If you plan to attend a Forum, please tell the Coordinator (meneary@njsilc.org or 732-254-2484) and, if possible, bring a written copy of your remarks for the record; however, neither advance notice nor a written commentary are required for you to participate. Just join us if you can!

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