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Community Options to Open Second Red Ribbon Academy in New Jersey

August 22, 2016 | Press Release.pdf | online article |

Community Options to Open Second Red Ribbon Academy in New Jersey

What’s happening in HILLSBOROUGH: Ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 8 What’s happening in HILLSBOROUGH: Ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 8

PRINCETON, NJ – On September 8 at 9 a.m., Community Options will celebrate the opening of its second Red Ribbon Academy, located at 2230 Camplain Road in Hillsborough, NJ with a Ribbon cutting Ceremony. The Red Ribbon Academy is a state-of-the-art special needs medical adult day program with a combination of tender-loving care, therapy integration and fun, and adapted activities. The program provides quality medical, therapeutic, and recreational support to medically fragile adults with developmental disabilities.

“This represents where we started from and the journey we endured to get to the next level,” said Ayesha Patrick, Executive Director of the Red Ribbon Academy. “Community Options Enterprises (COE) broke down doors and boundaries and has stepped out of the traditional program/ medical day program model to create a quality, state-of-the-art program that is being duplicated within COE in accordance with the overall mission, and in continuing to make a difference in the life of medically fragile individuals.”

Originally launched in 2013, the first Red Ribbon Academy in Wayne, NJ quickly became a model day program that garnered significant media attention and numerous awards for its barrier-free design, and advanced therapy rooms with special sensory environments for people with profound intellectual disabilities and medical needs. A wide array of therapeutic experts and advanced recreational programs also are available to maintain and increase the participants’ mental acuity and maximize their physical ability.

Community Options will provide quality support and services to 15 people in the Hillsborough program. The Red Ribbon Academy is open to anyone who qualifies for services under the NJ Division for Developmental Disabilities with transportation provided to and from the Academy.

For more information about the Red Ribbon Academy, please visit: and our website at

For more information about the ceremony, contact Ayesha Patrick at and to RSVP; please contact Gloria Hanson at


About Community Options, Inc.:

For over 25 years, Community Options has developed housing and employment programs for people with disabilities – serving thousands of people through 38 offices across 10 states. Community Options provides advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities because all people – regardless of ability level – should live and work in the community with dignity, choice and self-determination.

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