ACAP is rolling out a new program!

iStrive is a Saturday program for young adults on the autism spectrum who are aging out of most services. It helps them continue growing toward independence, social relationships, emotional well-being, and career readiness. These young people have much to offer the community and iStrive helps them shine.

iStrive Launch Event

These emerging adults need the time and professional mentoring to learn the communication, self-advocacy, and appropriate interpersonal behavior that will sustain them in professional performance on the job and in relationships. It’s not just their intellectual skills, or eagerness to be productive in meaningful ways that will help them move upward. It is the opportunity for them to incorporate the many interpersonal and job-related values we all did at an earlier age, just at a different speed.

Here’s the iStrive plan.

On Saturday mornings at 9 AM, iStrive will begin as staff welcomes our young adults, to ACAP in Livingston N.J. At ACAP they will experience stress management and mindfulness activities, receive emotional literacy assistance, and yoga. They will spend time on incorporating both interpersonal and pragmatic practices of successful job-hunting, and the professionalism at work that will help them thrive. And importantly, they’ll have a chance to make friends with each other. As these young adults grow they have the same needs all of us have for interpersonal connections and friendships. iStrive will help them achieve this.

Parents: During each week iStrive parents will be invited to join us in their own space here at ACAP. They will get a much-needed opportunity to hear talks, attend seminars, and share what they’ve learned. iStrive works with families as a collaborative community to help us develop a meaningful, evolving program. Learn More>>

Here is exactly what parents have been telling us:

“Being a parent of someone with unique needs, I can tell you the best source of information is other parents, ” a mother told us. “I want to be surrounded by people who are realistic, but hopeful. ”

”I’m finding it hard to envision the rest of my son’s life and I need to hear what other parents have to say. Maybe there’s something I haven’t thought of.”

“My son needs activities so his energy can be directed. He needs a structured place where he can navigate into adulthood.”

“Especially on weekends, he gets just locked in a video game.” another mother of a young adult recently told us. “I guess it serves some emotional function, but he gets so lost in those repetitive activities that it’s hard to win him back. ”

Corporations and Community: Our other essential partners in this exciting growth project are the community of corporations who will benefit in many ways, tangible and intangible, from an inclusive approach such as iStrive’s adding a new class of reliable, creative, productive workers to your workforce. Our commitment includes working with you and your employees to help introduce and build awareness of this new advance, and to provide back up to insure all goes smoothly. Learn More>>

Mental Health Professionals: The iStrive program also provides opportunity for new mental health professionals, seeking licensure in the state, to be mentored and receive much sought after clinical supervision while working with these young adults. It will be a close, collaborate, interactive milieu where all can grow, and then give back to the community through working with local companies. Learn More>>


Sample Saturday Psychosocial Pilot Program Set Up

Proposed Schedule 2
TRACK A (verbal) TRACK B (non-verbal) TRACK C (issue specific)
8am Admin/Supervision Admin/Supervision Admin/Supervision
12:30 Sm. Group REVIEW Sm. Group REVIEW Sm. Group REVIEW

ACAP is a non-profit organization and holds 501c3 status. All proceeds benefit the ACAP iStrive program.

Please Join Us for our

iStrive Fundraiser Launch Event

… Celebrating Dr. William Semel’s 50 years of serving children and families in our communities.

… Honorary co-chairs — Governor Richard J. Codey and Bruce Litinger, Executive Director ECLC.

We would be most pleased to share the evening with you.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

6:00-9:00 pm

Crystal Plaza

305 W Northfield Rd

Livingston, NJ 07039

Reception and Light Supper,
(Glatt Kosher)

Silent Auction

Program introducing iStrive to the community

Individual tickets – $150.00

Sponsorship Opportunities: We hope you will consider iStrive sponsorship opportunities in your generous giving budget. As a helpful guideline about program expenses, it costs about $5,000 per year to support one young adult in the program.

Platinum Level
$10,000 – Table, event recognition, full-page journal ad – priority seating

Gold Level
$5000   – 8 tickets, event recognition and full-page journal ad

Silver Level
$2500   –  4 tickets, event recognition and half-page journal ad

Bronze Level
$1000 – 2 tickets, event recognition and half-page journal ad

For those who cannot attend the May 1 party, but want to help support the program and our young adults, their families, and the many community partners who will benefit from it. Please feel free to indicate amount on the response card,  contact us, or click the donate button below. Every donation will be gratefully received and put to good use for ACAP iStrive.


Dr. William Semel says:

“In medical school, they rarely mentioned autism. In my pediatric practice, I began seeing children with autism and, sadly, there wasn’t a lot of help I could offer. Nobody could. It was left up to the parents to figure how to support their children. Some enrolled in mainstream schools, others in special schools. When they outgrew school and became young adults, what then?

If all the parents and patients with special needs I’ve known over the years could have had a program each weekend like iStrive, offering advice, structured activities and friendship, they’d have gobbled it up. Please join me in extending best wishes and support to ACAP’s iStrive program.”