Upcoming Event: National Disability Day of Mourning on 3/1/17

Wednesday, March 1 will be the Disability Community Day of Mourning. This day commemorates those disabled people who have been killed by parents and caregivers, and calls us to action to prevent these injustices. While we will be issuing a more comprehensive statement about the Day of Mourning and what it means to New Jersey’s Autistic Community as March 1 approaches, this post provides information on how to participate in the Day of Mourning.

This year, ASAN’s New Jersey Chapter will be partnering with the New York Chapter’s event in Manhattan. In addition to providing material support, we are asking for any of our available members to attend the event. While we will be providing a more detailed post on the Day of Mourning as the date approaches, today I will be providing some information on local vigils, as well as instructions for attending the ASAN-New York vigil in Manhattan.

ASAN-NYC’s Vigil will be held in Washington Square Park, on March 1 at 5:30 PM, at the Arch in the center of the park. If you are interested in going, there are several ways of getting there via public transportation. While it is certainly possible to drive, parking in Manhattan is very limited.

If you are interested in traveling to Washington Square Park with other ASAN-NJ members, please e-mail the ASAN-NJ Chapter Coordinator at coordinator@autisticadvocacynj.org.

Getting to Washington Square Park using NJ Transit Commuter Rail

Depending on the train line closest to you, the best train to take may vary. For information, visit http://www.njtransit.com. The closest train station to Washington Square Park is Penn Station New York. Plan to arrive in Penn Station no later than 5 PM. From Penn Station New York, board a downtown (towards Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan) A, C, or E Subway. Exit at West 4th Street (the A, C, and E all stop at this station), and walk east on 4th Street to Washington Square Park. For information on the New York Subway, visit www.mta.info.

Getting to Washington Square Park using NJ Transit bus

NJ Transit bus lines to New York terminate at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT). For information and trip planning information, visit www.njtransit.com. From Penn Station New York, board a downtown (towards Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan) A, C, or E Subway. Exit at West 4th Street (the A, C, and E all stop at this station), and walk east on 4th Street to Washington Square Park. For information on the New York Subway, visit www.mta.info.

Via Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Trains

The closest PATH station is 9th Avenue. Upon exiting from PATH at 9th Avenue, walk south to 4th Avenue, then east to Washington Square Park. This walk takes roughly 10 minutes, so plan to arrive in New York no later than 5:15 PM. For current PATH train schedules, visit http://www.panynj.gov/path/.

In addition to the vigil in New York, the Alliance Center for Independent Living will be holding a Day of Mourning Vigil outside their offices. They are located in Edison, NJ.