Open House
Saturday, October 28th, 2-4 PM
198 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair

Come by and see what we’re creating at Cornerstone! Check out our great facility & hear about upcoming programs and events! Family friendly activities and services for all ages and abilities!

Most importantly, meet our incredible mission partners:

The Inclusive Movement Center; Creative Speech Solutions; Spectrum Soul-utions; Tame the Teenager; Act Like a Girl; SibShop Montclair; and much more!

Plus, who can resist… Cider and Donuts! Face Painting! Fall Fun!

Our Mission

A leader and community partner committed to empowering people of all abilities to be included as active participants in the vibrancy of Montclair.

Cornerstone Montclair

Cornerstone Montclair is a new organization with a vision of fostering a community in which people of all abilities have opportunities for work, healthy movement and social engagement. By partnering with businesses, educators and service providers who share that vision, Cornerstone Montclair will create a vibrant hub of activity that welcomes people with various disabilities to work and enjoy life alongside their peers.

Cornerstone Montclair’s mission is delivered in a 3,000 square-foot building located at 198 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. Offering highly desirable, yet affordable space in the building, we are seeking 5- 6 mission partners whose businesses or non-profit organizations will provide job opportunities, professional services, and educational and recreational activities that compliment and support our mission. The program will have activities and businesses attractive to everyone, and will go out of its way to make sure that “everyone” includes people with disabilities.

In fulfilling our mission, Cornerstone Montclair will focus on three “pillars”: meaningful work, social engagement, and healthy living through movement.

Our Partners

Cornerstone Montclair Welcomes our Mission Partners

The Inclusive Movement Center, run by award-winning (New Jersey All People Equal), will offer inclusive movement classes and sports/fitness training for individuals and groups of all athletic abilities.   Each class will be structured upon a very simple but powerful approach; activities will be “FOR EVERYONE, WITH EVERYONE.”  In addition to family classes and personal training sessions, classes will include Montclair Ninja Warrior, Rock & Rope, KangaRoll, Box Builders and Zumba. NJAPE also employs interns who have disabilities to work alongside their typically developing peers.  More information about NJAPE can be found at

Creative Speech Solutions, a private pediatric therapy center started by Cynthia Marrapodi over 20 years ago, is a well-known and respected practice based in Summit, NJ. CSS employs a team of highly talented and knowledgeable speech-language pathologists and will have an office at Cornerstone Montclair, where they will provide speech, language, and feeding evaluations and therapy. Social skills and play programs will also be offered to help improve the communication and social skills of children with all abilities.  For more information about CSS, please visit their website at

Include Montclair, a local organization whose mission is to foster and facilitate ongoing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and be valued as respected members of a fully inclusive Montclair community. 

Spectrum Soul-utions, was created by Cynthia Fitzhugh to fill the needs of families who seek emotional support, social bonds, real answers and engaging activities for alternative learners. Spectrum Soul-utions has created playgroups using the principles of sensory integration, innovative art and therapeutic movement. In fall 2017  Spectrum Soul-utions will offer “Sensory Art with Integrative Movement for Alternative Learners” for families with children grades K-8. The group will meet twice monthly. For more information, visit their website at

Upcoming Events

Free Workshop by Helaina Altabef
Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 PM and Sunday, October 29th, noon

Join educator, coach and teen tamer Helaina Altabef to discuss all things teen – screens, sass, social and school. 

Leave the knowing 5 Cs that today's parent needs most:  Calm, Clarity, Consistency, Connection and Confidence.  

Monday, October 23rd, 7:00 PM
Upstairs at Cornerstone Montclair

Playwright Nadine Bernard and Director Jane Mandel will be holding a reading of the full length play SEIZE THE DAY AFTER, which raises awareness about what it can be like caring for a child with special needs. SEIZE THE DAY AFTER is about a mother who stretches the boundaries of her scientific and religious beliefs to find a cure for her son.

Peggy and her husband Matt have a young child with a medical condition, but they are not seeing eye-to-eye about which way to turn next. Peggy becomes pulled in different directions by their devout, Pentecostal neighbor and their Goth rocker chick babysitter who offer their own zany solutions to the situation. As Peggy goes on her personal journey of mental and spiritual healing, we realize that the lengths a parent will go to heal a child often challenges their personal and society’s boundaries. 

To reserve a seat, please email Reservations are not required but space is limited.

December - June
Cornerstone Montclair

Sibshop Montclair will offer an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education in a recreational and therapeutic context.

Sibshops are events held across the country as lively celebrations of the many contributions made by siblings of kids with special needs. The Sibshop model intersperses fun games with discussion about  common joys and concerns the kids are experiencing.

Sibshop Montclair will be held one Sunday afternoon a month from December through June and is open to school-age children between the ages of 7 and 12. Registration is $35/child, and scholarships are available.

Please email to enroll.

Coming Spring 2018
Cornerstone Montclair

A workshop for empowering young women to engage in social action through the performing arts. An inclusive social group for teen girls to navigate issues related to adolescence, develop positive identities and make social change. Using performing arts as a tool to explore topics such as:  equity and fairness, inclusivity, and community membership.

Contact for more information.

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