iStrive | Parents

iStrive provides social, emotional and career mentorship, empowering neurodiverse young adults to overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential in all areas. Emerging adults, age 21 and over, whose essential life skills mature in a nontraditional pattern are often considered to have plateaued simply because of chronological age. We disagree and want to encourage and promote the continued growth we know is possible. We do not want them to “fall off the cliff”, as is often described, once general educational services are no longer available. Our experience is that these valuable community members learn in divergent ways that are often sparked by emotional connectedness that coincides with the learning process and socialization opportunity. Our program provides this experiential platform combined with concrete skill building and self-advocacy training.

Our second objective, equally important, is to provide a support and educational network for the families of the nontraditional young adult. We recognize the commitment required to shepherd successful adulthood. Without support parents can suffer burnout from confronting the challenges of multiple bureaucracies coupled with other family and work demands. iStrive offers opportunities for parents to thrive along with their adult children.

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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
9am COMMUNITY MEETING COMMUNITY MEETING COMMUNITY MEETING
9:30 SELF EXPRESSION COPING SOCIALIZATION
10:15 SOCIALIZATION SELF EXPRESSION COPING
11 COPING SOCIALIZATION SELF EXPRESSION
11:45 ISSUE SPECIFIC ISSUE SPECIFIC ISSUE SPECIFIC
12:15 LARGE GROUP SOCIAL LARGE GROUP SOCIAL LARGE GROUP SOCIAL
12:30 Sm. Group REVIEW Sm. Group REVIEW Sm. Group REVIEW
1:00 PICK UP PICK UP PICK UP


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

RSVP by April 15.

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 or contact us. 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.”