Who is Served
P.R.I.D.E.® stands for Promoting Responsibility, Independence, Decision-making and Employability and those are the aspirations shared by adults with special needs in this day and evening program. 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 guaranteed a spot in P.R.I.D.E.! 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 P.R.I.D.E. 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 P.R.I.D.E., 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 – With the launch of the P.R.I.D.E.CO micro-business in 2011, clients are paid to work, completing shredding and packaging contracted jobs for local businesses in a dedicated work space outfitted with commercial equipment. This new endeavor gives clients additional opportunities for community integration ,when they go to pick up shredding bins. Learn more about P.R.I.D.E.CO.
• 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.
The opening of the P.R.I.D.E. Center in Paramus is featured in The (Bergen) Record. Record.pdf
Clients begin the week by creating an individualized schedule,
out of a wide range of options.