The Anderson Center for Autism (Aired on May 18 and 19, 2019)

The Anderson Center for Autism returns as a topic for RadioRotary, this time with guests
Chrissy Wolcott and Lisa Susczynski telling about some of the programs and techniques used at the Center to improve the lives of children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. Autism is a complex syndrome that required a medical diagnosis to identify. The spectrum ranges from persons with slight problems functioning in society through to those who cannot speak or have other serious mental impairment. The Anderson Center has educational facilities from young persons from age 5 to 21, both residential and day programs. Also it supports group homes throughout Dutchess County. Among the topics covered in the RadioRotary interviews are ways to make stores and other public places friendlier to those with autism. In part because the Center serves individuals who have little money, there are fundraisers, including a golf tournament, and volunteers are always needed to help with these events. There is a lot more in the program, so listen and learn about this important topic and about our local Center that is known for its innovative programs.

Learn more:
Anderson Center for Autism: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/
Autism Supportive Environment: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/community/autism-supportive-environment/
Autism Spectrum Disorder: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml
Parents Guide to Autism: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/autism-spectrum-disorders.htm

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May 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Health, Youth  

Odyssey, a Church for the Developmentally Disabled (Aired On January 19 & 20, 2018)

Pastor Steve Dambra visits RadioRotary to tell about the Odyssey Church,
which serves the developmentally disabled community of Dutchess County (and
others who choose to attend). Located at the ARC Vocational Center in
Poughkeepsie, Odyssey provides the all the services you expect from a Christian
Church—a Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. that is filled with hymns and prayers,
Bible study, even baptisms. Sermons are kept simple, focusing on a single topic.
Much of the congregation is bussed in from group homes around the county.
Members of the congregation participate in the organization in many ways. The
church is also planning to partake in a celebration run by the Tim Tebow
Foundation, called “A Night to Shine,” a prom night where every participant is a
King or Queen of the Prom. Odyssey Church is part of the outreach from the
Hopewell Reformed Church, a pillar of religion and good works in Dutchess
Country that has been active since 1757.

Learn more:
Odyssey Church: http://www.odysseychurch.org/
Hopewell Reformed Church: http://www.hrcrca.org/
The ARC of Dutchess: https://arcdutchess.org/
Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine: https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine

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January 31, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Events  

The ARC Westchester (Aired On December 15 & 16, 2018)

The ARC Westchester supports more than 2,000 children, teens, and adults who
cope with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including (but not limited to)
autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Millie Gaines, one of the 800 or so
employees who works with clients at The ARC Westchester, visits the
RadioRotary studios to describe some of the programs, which range from testing
infants and young children through to residential services for independent living.
Programs can be grouped into six categories: early childhood, day services,
career and employment, family support, staying healthy, and living at home.
Some clients volunteer to help other charitable programs, while some volunteers
become interns who help the clients. It is a fascinating story.

Learn more:
ARC of Westchester: https://www.arcwestchester.org/
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/ViewFactSheet.aspx?csid=100
Autism: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml
Cerebral Palsy: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/cp/facts.html
Down Syndrome: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/down-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355977

 

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Eliza Bozenski on the Anderson Center For Autism (Aired on April 4th & 5th, 2018)

Anderson Center for Autism (Aired on April 4 and 5, 2018)
Eliza Bozenski,

Chief Development Officer of the Anderson Center for Autism, and the host of comes to the RadioRotary microphone to discuss the autism
spectrum and how the Anderson Foundation’s several ways of outreach are making a difference for families that must cope with autism. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that ranges from what is commonly called Asperger Syndrome, which may be accompanied by high intelligence, to instances of autism that feature very low intelligence and serious disability. Early intervention makes a considerable difference in development; parents recognizing that a child may have a problem should not hesitate about taking the child to a physician for a diagnosis. The Anderson Foundation provides a range of autism services, including residential treatment and consultation with families.  One program helps businesses develop an autism supportive environment that can modify practices so that persons on the autism spectrum can feel more
comfortable and handle business interactions more easily. There is a lot more to learn from this insightful interview.
Learn more:
Anderson Center for Autism:
Autism Supportive Environment:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Parents Guide to Autism:

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