Empowering People with Disabilities (Aired June 18, 2023)


Radio Rotary welcomes Lily Schaub and Jill Rodriquez, who describe the In Flight program that aids persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Flight, Inc. empowers its clients to support a meaningful quality of life, which can range from developing basic skills to living in a group home (or independently) or to finding satisfying employment. In Flight achieves its mission
through residential services for adults and one-on-one skill-building, including for children living at home. The I-Sail program provides training that can lead to employment opportunities. Clients and supporters come together in August for the Cornhole for a Cause fundraiser, which includes music, food trucks, raffles, and other entertainment.

Learn More:
In Flight: https://www.inflightinc.org/
COM-HAB: https://www.inflightinc.org/community-habilitation/
I-SAIL: https://www.inflightinc.org/isail-flights-success-academy-independent-living/
Hudson Valley Service Providers: https://www.hvspllc.org/
New York State Office of Developmental Disabilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/
Developmental Disabilities: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/facts.html

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Greystone’s Leap for Autism (Aired on January 30, 2022)

From Greystone Programs Tracilyn Vaticano, Assistant Executive Director, and Samara Enders, Director of Philanthropy, report to Radio Rotary about the charity’s annual Leap for Autism and other aspects of Greystone’s work with autistic individuals. Since 1979 Greystone Programs has provided essential community-based and residential services and life-enriching opportunities to
more than 600 children, adults, and families who deal with autism in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties of New York State. One annual fundraiser is a tandem skydive at Skydive the Ranch in Garrison, NY, an event that brings 60 to 70 donors along with Greystone staff to parachute from airplanes in support of Greystone Programs—the seventh annual Leap for Autism. In a tandem skydive and trained diver manages the parachute for both divers, who descend connected from a single chute.

Learn More:
Greystone Programs: https://www.greystoneprograms.org/
Skydive the Ranch: https://skydivetheranch.com/
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/
Autism Spectrum Disorder: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

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Helping Vets and Others Prepare for Jobs (Aired on October 30, 2022)



Ron Ferris, Sales and Marketing Manager at Mid-Hudson Works, re-visits Radio Rotary with more information about this unique Poughkeepsie nonprofit that provides skills, training, and paying work for veterans and persons with disabilities. Mid-Hudson Works, in a 53,000-square-foot brick building on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie helps veterans along with others prepare for
such work as packing or assembling, skills useful in the many distribution centers of the Mid-Hudson region. And then gives them on-the-job training. Local or even national businesses use the services provided and the workers have paying jobs. The enterprise is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023.

Learn More:
Mid-Hudson Works: https://midhudsonworks.org/
MHA Veterans Programs: https://mhadutchess.org/services/vet2vet/
Dutchess Country Veterans’ Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Think Dutchess (Dutchess Alliance for Business): https://thinkdutchess.com/

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Independent Living and Home Care (Aired on August 7, 2022)

Greater Newburgh Rotarian Doug Hovey, founder and CEO of Independent Living Inc. and Independent Home Care, visits Radio Rotary to talk about his 501(c)3 that aids persons with any type of disability to live independently. Although the first thing that you might think of is adapting a home for wheelchair living (they do that), Independent Living, Inc. also helps those with mental illness, substance abuse, deafness, and age-related disabilities. Doug Hovey became paralyzed below the waist 42 years ago and has worked since to help others with disabilities. Even the staff at Independent Living all have disabilities of one kind or another. Listen to this Radio Rotary show to hear a remarkable story about a remarkable Rotarian.

Learn More:
Independent Living, Inc.: https://myindependentliving.org/
Greater Newburgh Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235
Fair Pay for Home Care: https://fairpayforhomecareworkers.org/

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