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.
The Inclusive Movement Center, run by award-winning NJAPE.org (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 www.njape.org.
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 www.creativespeechsolutions.com.
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 www.spectrumsoul-utions.com.
Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and to the continuing artistic enrichment of seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, they center their art-making rather than any impairments and by doing so challenge the stigma associated with disability and aging. Visit their website at www.artsunbound.org.
Look around you Montclair! People with special needs and disabilities are a part of our community, yet are often very much underrepresented in most social and work settings.
Cornerstone Montclair’s multi-purpose community room is approximately 440 square feet, and is available to rent for activities, events or workshops that give all members of our community a chance to be included as active participants in the vibrancy of Montclair alongside their peers. Please contact us for more information.
Art class, more info to come.
Three Pigs is a one person audience interactive show, where the audience does not need to remain seated or quiet during the show. One will experience the story through sights, sounds, and touches of the Squirrel Wood Forest. We use sensory friendly props and activities to engage all learners into the theatrical experience of the classic fairy tale. GEARED FOR ALL AGES
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/monthly meeting with a sliding scale.
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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.
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A leader and community partner committed to empowering people of all abilities to be included as active participants in the vibrancy of Montclair.
198 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043