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Dec
04

November Celebrations at IAHD

The Thanksgiving celebrations at IAHD are always favorite events as each day program prepares a special luncheon for everyone to enjoy. The smells of delicious food cooking wafts throughout all the buildings and culminates in a holiday luncheon where everyone enjoys the tastes of the foods that were prepared. This year, there were additional celebrations in recognition of Native American Heritage month at some of the Day Habilitation programs. At the Bainbridge Avenue site, the customs of various Native American tribes, including Cherokee, Navajo, Seminole and Coddo, were celebrated. The Pre-Vocational group even built a giant teepee and their presentation culminated in a dance around their “Chief,” while the audience danced and sang along. Read below to learn more about this rich, cultural display of America’s heritage.

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Nov
03

Communication is Nothing But Fun……….……

The Speech and Language Pathologists presented Fall Communication Fun Day at all of IAHD’s Day Programs. The focus of this Communication initiative was on building vocabulary relating to Fall events, and activities were planned to teach relevant vocabulary and encourage everyone’s participation. Thanks to the efforts of the agency’s Speech Pathologists, Genevieve Jenkins, Sohodra Singh and Carolyn East, everyone had the opportunity to enhance their communication skills during the Communication Fun Days. Read below to learn more about the activities that were provided.

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Oct
26

Bronx Residential Retreat Marks 10th Year Anniversary

Ten years ago, the Residential Committee of the Bronx DD Council formed a Retreat Committee with the idea of providing an annual learning and networking opportunity for staff working in residences and supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s program, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges, was a shining example of excellence, achieved by dedicated committee members who believed in the value of this forum. More than 250 people, representing 16 agencies enjoyed the opportunity to learn from experienced and dynamic presenters and exchange ideas that they could bring back to their work locations to inform and revitalize the lives of everyone they touch. The theme of this year’s retreat – “Good to Great, Being Leaders” – typified the positive, can-do attitude of the event planners and its attendees.

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Oct
26

A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember Just ask anyone at IAHD’s Residential Program, and they will tell you that the Annual Residential Dinner Dance is the most special event of the year. This glamorous evening typically takes place every October. This year, a beautiful sunset was the backdrop to the 32nd presentation of this annual event, which took place at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx. The evening’s festivities are described in the story below.

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Sep
05

When the Women Get Together............

All throughout this year, two of our Speech Pathologists, Genevieve Jenkins and Sohodra Singh conducted a Women’s Communication Group at the site of our Bainbridge Avenue Day Habilitation program. The focus, of course, was on language, but there was a definite concentration on relevant women’s topics. Anyone interested was encouraged to join, and everyone who participated looked forward to the weekly activities and lively discussions. Thank you to our Speech Pathologists for leading this group and organizing a recent afternoon out for the women. Read the full story below.

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Aug
23

What's Your Summer Pleasure?

Summer programming includes many outdoor activities, but there’s also lots going on indoors and in our communities during the summer months. Using a Person Centered Approach, individuals are given opportunities to select the activities that are the most interesting to them. By offering a wide selection of options, the experience of each individual enrolled at IAHD can be tailored to individualized preferences. Every individual’s talents, interests, accomplishments and, of course, birthdays, are a cause for celebration at IAHD. Please keep reading to discover all of the other activities planned and presented by our program administrators and staff to ensure wonderful summer experiences for all!

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Jul
25

Colors and Music Abound at IAHD’s Caribbean Celebration

Caribbean American Heritage Month was celebrated festively at the IAHD Bainbridge Day Program on June 28, 2017. Ms. Philipcia Joseph, the Bainbridge Program Director, organized and produced this event to celebrate the vibrant Caribbean cultures. Many staff and program participants are from the beautiful and different Caribbean islands or share a heritage with family from those places. IAHD at Bainbridge Avenue became a veritable showcase of Caribbean cultures as it was decorated with posters, flags and beautiful crafts of various Caribbean countries including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Grenada. Each of the groups presented a poster board reflecting the various cultural aspects of each country including foods, clothing and landmarks. The groups prepared dances set to the music of the island that they showcased, and they wore costumes that reflected the island cultures as well. Read more about our lively celebration below.

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May
17

IAHD Turns 60!!

The Marina Del Rey served as the gracious host and setting for IAHD’s Annual Awards Dinner on May 11, 2017. The celebration marked 60 years of operation for IAHD, and was, additionally, the 50th Annual Awards Dinner. In commemoration of this event, IAHD remembered Sue Ginsburg, who was one of parent activists responsible for helping IAHD get its start way back in 1957. Also, remembered was Edward Ginsburg, Sue’s son, who received supports from IAHD until he passed away last year. The night was resplendent with exceptional food, music, views and auction items, now presented in a high tech and exciting format. Details of the evening’s celebration and honored guests follow below.

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May
05

Star Employee Emerges from a Change of Auspice Opportunity

IAHD is always excited when it is awarded a Change of Auspice opportunity. Receiving such an award is validation that our organization is doing excellent work. In addition, the award allows us to increase the numbers of people who receive supports from IAHD, and ultimately, it provides us with opportunities to enrich the services and options that we are able to provide to people. We eagerly embrace the individuals who are receiving services and fold them into the IAHD system. We are also happy to meet the staff that had been working in the house, and quite often, the staff will also join the IAHD family. Deborah Street is an example of one staff member who was working at the Esplanade House when it became a part of IAHD. This month, she was honored as May’s Employee of the Month. Read below to learn more about the excellent work that Deborah does that earned her this award.

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May
03

IAHD Walks for Autism Awareness

According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control in 2012, “About 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).” Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. In order to increase awareness and understanding of autism, walks are being held all over the world during the month of April. IAHD provides supports to many people with ASD, and on April 21, 2017, IAHD held its first Autism Walk, organized by Ms. Philipcia Joseph, the Bainbridge Day Program Administrator. Read the story below to hear about IAHD’s successful walk.

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Apr
25

#bFair2DirectCare Rally Hits the Mark

Representatives from IAHD participated in a large and successful rally on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the State Capitol. This rally had been in the works for more than a year as Direct Support Professionals, individuals with disabilities, family members, self-advocates and provider organizations throughout the state banded together to educate lawmakers about the valuable and necessary work performed by our Direct Support Professionals. IAHD sent their own representatives to Albany to participate in the rally. Read below to find out how the public voice was heard and how our most valued staff finally received the promise of increased wages from NYS.

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Apr
10

Chiniqua Williams Excels in Medical Specialist Position

The individuals supported at IAHD have many medical and behavioral management needs. Visits to various physicians are common place at IAHD and central to the best standard of care for all the people supported by IAHD. In April, the Employee of the Month award went to Chiniqua Williams, who works as the Medical Specialist at the Reynolds house. Ms. Williams was recognized for her continued advocacy, commitment and care of the individuals she supports. The job of a Medical Specialist is a very difficult one, as individuals can be anxious and, thus, somewhat resistant to attending their appointments. Read below to read more about Ms. Williams, and why she is considered to be such a valued employee at IAHD.

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Apr
10

IAHD’s Accountant, Tito Donovan, Making a NYC Difference

NYC Media offers television and radio programming to inform, educate and entertain New Yorkers about the City’s diverse people and neighborhoods, government, services, attractions and activities. Recently, NYC Media featured the non-profit organization, Faces of Philanthropy, a worldwide center for giving and philanthropy. This piece recognized three organizations which provide assistance to diverse groups of adults who are learning to read and write English. The assistance is provided by volunteer instructors working through organizations including Literacy Partners, the New York Public Library and the Read Alliance. We are most proud to announce that Tito Donovan, Senior Staff Accountant at IAHD, is one of those volunteers, and he was featured in a video developed by Faces of Philanthropy and showcased by NYC Media, for the altruistic and worthwhile work that he does. Read more about Tito’s efforts below.

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Mar
16

March’s Employee of the Month Shines in Varied Job Tasks

At the March Senior Staff meeting, IAHD’s Administration recognized Laura Lugo for her excellent performance on the job. This dedicated employee was recognized for her “willingness to do anything to help achieve the agency’s mission.” In her nearly ten years of employment at IAHD, Laura has worked as a monitor in transportation, as a door monitor at the Tarrytown site and as an assistant in the Human Resources Department. Read further to learn more about Laura, her job performance and her recognition as the Employee of the Month for March, 2017.

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Feb
17

A Midwinter Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz to Benefit IAHD

The winter for most of us is a time to hibernate, hunker down until spring arrives. Winter can be a season full of beauty and contrasts. On Wednesday February 8, the day before the NY metro area got slammed with a snowstorm, the moon was nearly full and the temperature was a balmy 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The Briarcliff Manor that evening, was turned into an art gallery featuring local artists and artisans alongside artwork created by our IAHD Day program participants -- paintings, jewelry and ceramics. As this was the week before Valentine's Day the artists, artisans, musicians and venue pulled out all the stops to create a memorable evening to benefit IAHD.

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Feb
15

The Recipe for Independence: Support, Friends, Family

When most of us moved away from our childhood homes to our own places, we were excited to achieve independence, yet, still happy to go home for holiday celebrations, to have a parent help decorate the apartment and be able to meet and socialize with our new neighbors. Yes, living on our own is great, but there is always apprehension and a lot of learning that takes place along the way as we learn to balance independence and responsibility. This year, Victor, who is supported at IAHD through Self-Direction, moved from a certified apartment to his own place, and his success was assisted by his Community Habilitation worker and friend, Senovio Hernandez. On February 7th, Senovio was recognized as Employee of the Month, for his dedication in helping Victor succeed in independent living.

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Jan
27

Communication is Key

“Good morning,” “What do you want for breakfast?” “What’s is the weather outside?” These simple statements characterize basic communications that we regularly use daily. These communications increase social interactions, allow us to state preferences and gain information. Throughout the day, we continue to use communication to interact with friends and co-workers, listen to instructions, process information, write emails and letters, make plans for the weekend, etc. Yet, for many of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by IAHD, communication is a difficult process. The skilled Speech Pathologists at IAHD work to help individuals enhance their communication skills and are keeping pace with new technologies and the delivery of language learning strategies to enhance communication abilities. Learn more about the language and communication training taking place at IAHD below.

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Jan
23

Employee Recognition Program Gets a Make-Over

We have always considered IAHD’s most valuable resources to be its Direct Support Professionals who make such a different in the lives of the people enrolled in our agency. Recently, our Senior Staff members enacted a new initiative to recognize an exemplary employee every month, instead of the quarterly recognition program that had previously been in place. This initiative was driven by our desire to show appreciation for the staff’s commitment to their jobs and the people we support. The staff who have been recognized have appreciated the ceremonies and some well-deserved gifts, symbols from an agency offering heartfelt thanks to their very special employees.

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Dec
06

Executive Director's Holiday Message to Staff

Season's Greetings! It is with great pride that I write this holiday message expressing my appreciation for all that you do for the people supported by IAHD.

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Nov
02

Bedecked and Bedazzled at Marina Del Rey

One of the most popular evenings of the year is IAHD’s Residential Dinner Dance. This year, nature treated us to a clear night, and with the magnificent view of the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges in the backdrop, the evening was just spectacular. In fact, the only thing eclipsing the outside view was the truly magnificent attendees, who came coiffed in their best couture, clearly ready to enjoy the night.

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