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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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Sep
12

Self-Direction Offers Increased Opportunities for Individualization and Independence

Self-Direction offers a customized way to procure supports that are truly aligned with individualized needs, as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Person-centered planning is at the core of this OPWDD approved service. The individual works closely with a broker, MSC and other members of the Circle of Support to design plans, submit them for approval and implement activities that align with what each person wants to accomplish in life. IAHD has recently taken a big step towards supporting people to live self-directed lives with the launch of its first self-directed plan. Read more to learn how one individual has been able to use self-direction to realize his long-term dream of moving into his own apartment.

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Aug
03

IAHD Awarded New Homes and New Opportunities in the Bronx

In late Spring 2016, IAHD received notification that it had been selected to assume the operation of several new homes, apartments and respite opportunities as part of a Transfer of Auspice project. We welcomed the opportunity to include more than 50 new members in our IAHD family, to add residential respite to our menu of supports and to welcome many new staff members. There were many tasks to be completed before opening day on July 1, 2016, and our staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the transition was seamless and representative of IAHD’s high quality supports and services. More information about the homes and the people who have joined our IAHD family follows.

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Jul
19

Investing in Internships - Presenting IAHD's 2016 Summer Interns

Summer internships are widely regarded as valued experiences for students who seek to network, hone skills, gain knowledge and explore possible career paths. IAHD is happy to offer internship opportunities during the summer months, as these opportunities are important in shaping the skills and direction of the future work force. This year, thirteen interns accepted positions in our Day Habilitation, Residential, Fiscal, Purchasing, Information Technology and Human Resources Departments. Read further to learn about IAHD’s current pool of interns, including the nursing intern who is completing important record reviews in the attached photo.

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Jun
08

IAHD Finds Its Dancing Feet

Due to the generosity of The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, IAHD received funding to hire a Dance Artist, Addie Diaz, who provided two semesters of dancing lessons to the men and women at IAHD. The lessons focused on several old school and current popular party line dances. Besides just dancing and having a generally good time, Ms. Diaz’s dancing lessons taught sequences of movements, provided physical activity and increased social interactions. Read more to find out about our dance instructor and the joy she brought to IAHD.

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May
24

IAHD Celebrates Its 49th Annual Awards Dinner at the Marina Del Rey

IAHD moved the venue for its annual awards dinner this year, and on a beautiful evening, with an unbelievable view of the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges, IAHD’s friends, families, sponsors, allies, staff and partners, came together to celebrate the agency’s successes and to recognize the people who have played essential roles in the agency’s success. Continue reading to find out who received honors this year and who won the raffle ticket for the trip to Cabo.

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Apr
28

Employment First for New York and for People Supported by IAHD

In September, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order that led to the creation of an Employment First policy in New York State. The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities also identified employment as a goal in its transformational agreement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To align itself with these objectives, IAHD submitted and was awarded a Balancing Incentive Grant to assess, train and assist individuals to gain paid employment opportunities. Read below to learn more about IAHD’s successes in helping people enter the work force.

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Apr
11

An IAHD Welcome to the Men and Women Living at 165 Esplanade

In late winter, IAHD was awarded the opportunity to operate a residence at 165 Esplanade in Mount Vernon, and on April 1, 2016, the Transfer of Auspice was successfully completed. IAHD is happy to welcome the six men and three women currently living at the Esplanade House, as well as the eleven staff members who became employees at IAHD. We are happy to welcome you into our family! Read below to learn more about the house, the people who live there and the supports they will be receiving.

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Mar
09

Shredding Project - Good for the Environment and Some Very Special Friends

IAHD endeavors to provide opportunities for the individuals in our Day Habilitation program that are meaningful and that serve the community. The Program Administrators at Southern Boulevard, Salian Guerrier and Julia Encalada, have developed a shredding program that is good for the environment and also helps in another way. Read more to find out just who is benefitting from the hard work and best efforts of the program participants at Southern Boulevard.

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Mar
01

"Embracing Families, Enriching Lives"

IAHD wants people to know about the work the agency does and how we support people to experience quality living in their home communities. To this end, IAHD has recently revitalized its website and insignia and selected a salient tag line to reflect our values and the work we do. Click below to read the full meaning behind the phrase “Embracing Families, Enriching Lives.”

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Feb
19

Direct Support Professional, Xiomara Cabrera, Recognized for Outstanding Service at IAHD

IAHD proudly recognized the service of Direct Support Professional, Xiomara Cabrera, at an Employee of the Quarter celebration on February 18, 2016. Lauded by her supervisor, Salian Guerrier, Xiomara was described as the “glue which brings people together” in her daily work assisting the individuals who attend our Southern Boulevard Day Habilitation program. Please continue to read the full text that won Xiomara this well-deserved accolade.

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