The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) in Cranford is accepting applications for its August 28-October 20 semester. ACE offers adults with developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to pursue continuing education as an alternative to traditional day programs.

"Adults with disabilities who have graduated from the public school system or specialized schools often have limited choices when planning their future," said Kevin Marks, ACE director. "Their options often are limited to generic day programs that do not offer the intellectual stimulation and growth provided by our academy. Our program also is ideal for older adults with disabilities who wish to sharpen previously learned skills."

The ACE curriculum for the fall semester includes Lifetime Math; Reading and Creative Writing; Time Travelers (history); Career & Financial Literacy; Visual Arts and Crafts; Explore Your World Through Science; and Self-Understanding/Peer Leadership.

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The curriculum also includes Musical Expression; Theater and Performance; and Jewelry Design and Merchandising. However, those classes are full for the fall semester, with a waiting list pending. New applicants may ask to be added to the waiting list for these classes in future semesters.

"We keep our classes small so I students can receive very focused attention," Marks said.

Students may take a many or as few classes as they choose, based on their interests.

"ACE differs from a traditional day program, where the attendee's day is planned for them," Marks said. "We work with our students and their families to help them select the classes that will bring them the most enjoyment and from which they will get the most benefit. "  

Whenever possible, ACE curriculum are developed in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) guidelines, implementing Core Curriculum Content Standards along with compatible Learning Strands, Cumulative Progress Indicators and Student Learning Objectives aligned with the most current format information offered by the NJDOE, according to Marks.

More information and a course catalog are available by visiting www.caunj.org and clicking on Academy of Continuing Education under Supports & Services. Marks can be reached as 908.354.3040, ext. 4671.

The Academy of Continuing Education is a program of Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

 

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have 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 right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing 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.