In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

COVID-19 Briefing #6 (5.6.20) – Accessibility in the Pandemic

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #6 – May 6, 2020 — Developed in partnership with Eyes Like Mine, Inc. and the Center for Nonprofits.

Topic: Accessibility for All Abilities: How people with disabilities are navigating the COVID-19 reality

Guest speaker #1: Joseph Geleta, Director, Office of Emergency Management – NJ Department of Human Services

Guest speaker #2: Scott Elliott, Executive Director – Progressive Center for Independent Living

Guest speaker #3: Dr. Bernice Davis, Psy.D., Director – New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Programs and services for people with disability, access and functional needs
  • Registries and services for emergency communications
  • Crisis Counseling and Mental Health hotlines and services
  • Apps and tech solutions for improving access and communication to make interactions more accessible


Americal Sign Language Interpretation available on May 6, 2020 call American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters were available on the May 6th call.  We are grateful to Audrey Joubert and Tabiatha Lee for providing this service!  Captions are available on the video recording of the call – just click the “CC” button at the bottom of the YouTube video screen.

Download the full summary and resources links here.

“I was really amazed by the cross-section of people in this whole building today. I really didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t anticipating facilitating a session. I absolutely loved the energy that came out of the room and I was pretty amazed at the breath of ideas. “The fact that we come back on day two to create an action plan and walk out of here with very specific tasks is an amazing thing. It’s a way to help Asbury Park to move forward with an actionable plan.”

– Jen Souder – Consultant, Greener by Design, Founder Asbury Park African American Heritage Project & Museum (Asbury Park)

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