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Research Event Opportunity

i Apr 24th No Comments by

Are you a parent of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disabilities between the ages of 14-24?

Are you interested in how Facebook Messenger might be used as a tool to coach families on planning for employment?

The purpose of this study is to test the impact of an individualized motivational communication strategy on planning for employment in the community. We are also exploring how individuals with I/DD and family members use information and supports to develop an employment vision, and move from that vision to an employment outcome. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card in appreciation of their time and effort in participating in this study.

To register, or to get more information, please contact John at or 617-287-4345.


Family Interactions Flyer

Conducting Legislative Visits

i Apr 3rd No Comments by

Instructions for Conducting Legislative Visits


  1. Contact Legislator’s office.You can find their contact information by visiting this web site: Tell them that you are interested in scheduling a meeting to discuss the FY18 Budget and the impact it has on you or your loved one.
  2. Assemble information in a packet regarding the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage and bring it with you to the meeting. a. Print out a copy of the Budget Fact Sheet
  3. Bring talking points that you can reference during the meeting
  4. Leave the legislator or staff person with contact information should they need to follow-up at a later date.
  5. When meeting with the legislator (and possibly his/her staff), introduce yourself, share the information packet and talk about who you are, what role a Direct Support Professional (DSP) plays in your life and how the availability of community-based services are dependent on the DSP workforce.
  6. Utilize talking points and include them in the packet you leave behind with the Legislator. You may want to make two or three copies as often the Legislator will have a staff member/aide attend the meeting.
  7. End the meeting by including our Budget Ask – $36 million in state funding, to be matched via Medicaid – to increase all DSP salaries by $1.25 an hour. Tell the Senator/Assemblyperson that you appreciate the opportunity to meet and hope you can call upon him/her for support. Thank them for meeting with you.
  8. Ask if there is any additional information that he/she would be interested in receiving.
  9. Write a thank you letter to the legislator after the meeting and restate the talking points.


We’d love to hear how your meetings went. If you can, email with an update and additional details about your legislative sit-down.


DSP Coalition Budget Talking Points


i Mar 20th No Comments by



It’s that dreaded time of the year again…but it doesn’t have to be! You can call 211 or 908-237-1689 and ask for an appointment to meet with United Way’s IRS-certified volunteers. This is a great, free tax preparation service!

Volunteers Needed for Research

i Feb 23rd No Comments by

Volunteers Needed for Research Study on The Experience of Single Parents of Adults with Autism
Spectrum Disorder

WHO: Participant Criteria:
1. Parent of a child on the spectrum
2. Child is 21-years-old or above
3. Parent lives in the home with no other adult (friend, romantic partner, family member, etc.)
4. Child was diagnosed with ASD, autism disorder, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS by a licensed professional
5. Available for a single interview lasting approximately 1 hour.
6. Participants will not be excluded based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, or ethnic origin.

WHERE: If possible, researcher will meet you at the location of your choice.

BENEFIT: To help deepen the understanding of the experience of single parents of adult children with ASD.

COMPENSATION: Entry into raffle for a 50-dollar American Express gift card.

CONTACT: Bryan Peightal, M.S. at or 215-485-0423

We’ve Got Some Questions!

i Feb 13th No Comments by



Hello PCIL Friends! We are in the process of planning “Dish’n On Nutrition Part 2”.

The workshops that PCIL offered last year to our consumers were a huge success! This year we will be offering additional food workshops including more “hands on” meal planning and cooking.

We hope to start these new 12 week workshops this spring starting in April.

If you would be interested in attending the upcoming workshops, we would like to know the best available days and times for you. Please let us know by email or telephone. We can’t wait to get started!

Thank you for your quick response!

Rowan University Announces Dare to Dream Conference

i Feb 7th No Comments by

Rowan University’s Academic Success Center and Disability Resources announces it’s first ever College Prep
HS Transition Conference to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Contact them for more information!

Cabin Fever? Find events through Hunterdon Parks!

i Feb 7th No Comments by
Do you have “cabin fever?”
Hunterdon County Residents:
Spring 2017 Hunterdon Parks Harbinger is now available! Visit our
website for full descriptions of Parks & Recreation programs through the summer, including summer camps:
To sign up for their programs, use the registration form found here:
Consider bringing your group to Maple Sugaring or another group program.
Please note that cost of programs is per participant, including children and accompanying adults, unless stated otherwise.

Google Doodle Honors Ed Roberts

i Jan 23rd No Comments by

Google Doodle payed homage on Monday to what would have been the 78th birthday of pioneering disability campaigner Ed Roberts — who fought throughout his lifetime for people with disabilities to have the right to fully participate in society — with artwork featuring the activist giving a lecture from his wheelchair.


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Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Disability Activist Ed Roberts

PCIL Christmas Party Fun!

i Dec 20th No Comments by
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us last night. We had a terrific turnout. Here’s a sample of the fun we had with the Ugly Sweater Contest. Congratulations to our winners;
1st place: Tina Provost
2nd place: Louie Pilaris
3rd place: Tyffany Sukiennik
Thanks to all our wonderful staff and their families along with volunteer, Nancy Paulick and students from Hamilton West High School and Grice Middle School who did an amazing job and made this night so special!
We will be sharing the photos our special photographer took in the very near future, stay tuned.
(photo from left to right:
Louis Pilaris, Tina Provost and Tyffany Sukiennik)


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– Must be 18+ Years of Age

– Must Have Own Transportation

– Flexible Work Hours

– Part Time- up to15 Hours a Week

– Great Way to Earn Extra Income

If you are looking for part time work and have an interest in providing companionship for individuals with developmental disabilities, please inquire! For more information, contact Danielle Lewis at The Progressive Center for Independent Living, 609-581-4500 ext. 114