ECLC’s services seamlessly continue after graduation, helping young adults make the right choice about the next step in their lives.
PRIDE® was created in 2008 for graduates of ECLC’s two schools—and expanding rapidly ever since—this newest program in our network of services is available to adults with developmental disabilities, ages 21+. All graduates of ECLC’s schools are offered a spot in PRIDE, as appropriate. Eligible clients can qualify for funding through the N.J. Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (NJDHS/DDD). While most day clients are ECLC grads, the PRIDE Evening Program (P.E.P.) has limited enrollment for other adults with special needs, not from ECLC schools, who are working during the day or are enrolled in another day program.
At PRIDE, a dynamic, self-directed program, clients choose their schedule of preferred activities from a wide range of options.
The day is divided into one-hour increments, targeting four key areas for habilitation:
- Social Appropriateness—Clients experience continual peer-to-peer interaction and also participate in group discussions and role-playing activities aimed at nurturing their social skills. These activities are augmented and reinforced through volunteering in the community and field trips.
- Independent Living—Clients build a foundation for future success and self-help by practicing daily living skills such as food prep and cooking, music appreciation and money skills and participating in leisure activities, such as karaoke or yoga.
- Work Enhancement Skills—All clients are given an opportunity to develop the “soft” skills needed to further their independence, or if interested, in future employment. Clients begin with the basics of understanding what constitutes work; how to communicate on the job; problem solving; advocacy; and more. There are further opportunities for pre-vocational training and supported employment jobs.
- Community Participation—Clients are rarely inside the Centers all day. Visits to Panera Bread for book club, fitness at the Y, volunteering in the community and other field and walking trips are incorporated into their regular schedule.
PRIDE Center (Florham Park)
100 Passaic Avenue
Chatham, N.J. 07928
(NOTE: GPS/navigational systems use Florham Park, N.J. 07932)
PRIDE Center (Paramus)
403 Sette Drive
Paramus, N.J. 07652
- Center Director Joseph Fede
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
At A Glance
- PRIDE is an adult day/evening program with Centers in Florham Park and Paramus, N.J.
- The day program runs Monday–Friday, from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
- The part-time day program operates Monday–Wednesday, from 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
- The PRIDE Evening Program (P.E.P.) operates from 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
- Funding/Referral Sources: Funding opportunities may come from the Division of Development Disabilities (DDD). Other funding and referral opportunities may be available by contacting community-based organizations.
- Transportation: Clients and their families typically arrange for their own transportation to the Centers, with many utilizing NJ Transit Access Link.
A Promise to Parents for the Future of their Adult Children with Special Needs, 2018
The opening of the PRIDE Center in Paramus is featured in The (Bergen) Record.