- For all - a night to remember -
Online PR News – 29-June-2015 – Elizabeth, NJ – Prom is a once-in-a-lifetime moment when high school seniors don gowns and tuxedos and dive into a dream night of romance. Yet far too often people with developmental disabilities are excluded from the magic, due to either alternative education or simply being outside the mainstream.
Community Access Unlimited (CAU), recently held a Prom where its members came together as couples and singles to dance, eat and laugh the night away. More than 120 people who attended the night were clients of CAU. Tom Haydon’s, The Star-Ledger, article, “Ball gowns, balloons, and Pharell: A prom with a difference,” captures the essence of this inclusive and wondrous evening.
"It's a great event, put together by our members for our members," said Rolando Zorrilla, assistant executive director of disability services at CAU. "They plan everything, from the color scheme to the music. It's a great night to unwind and relive their youth."
Prom is sponsored by CAU's Helping Hands self-advocacy group. "A lot of people didn't have a prom when they went to school," said Gary Rubin, an officer of Helping Hands who helped start the prom tradition. "It's a way for them to finally go to prom."
To read the full article, click here: http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/06/prom_night_for_people_with_developmental_disabilit.html
Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating over 35 years in the community, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have had little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights. CAU serves more than 6,000 individuals each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.