Serving People with Disabilities (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

In Flight, Inc. for over sixteen years has provided housing in group homes, day
habilitation in locations in Ulster and Columbia Counties, person-centered
services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and training
for transition to independent living in the community. RadioRotary interviews Bob
Lang, a Direct Support Professional who helps resolve the specific needs of the
persons he supports, and David Kitchings, Jr., who is one of the persons Mr.
Lang supports. Mr. Lang helps Mr. Kitchings and others live independently and
work in the community. The other interviewee on the program is Teresa Stivala,
Director of Human Resources for In Flight, who explains some of the other
programs that In Flight runs and also describes two important fundraisers for the
nonprofit, a golf tournament and the annual Holiday Formal for the people
supported. In Flight is happy to train individuals for roles as Direct Support
Professionals.

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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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Events, Service Organizations, Vocational  

Alleviating Poverty and Helping Education and Seniors (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews “Mr. A,” also known as retired Red Hook math teacher
Nick Ascienzo, founder of The Ascienzo Family Foundation, a unique resource
for helping to alleviate poverty, provide educational services, and serve senior
citizens. Many of Mr. Ascienzo’s former students have become Ambassadors for
the Foundation, people who seek out local needs and write grant proposals so
that the Foundation can support these good causes. Among the examples
around the nation are Fresh Truck, a mobile farm market that brings produce to
underserved neighborhoods; the Sunflower Bakery, which trains and employs the
developmentally disabled in producing baked goods for sale in their store or
online; and We Care Solar, a provider of solar-power on backpacks , enabling
access to renewable electricity for people in developing regions. Although Mr.
Ascienzo’s former students range over the world, the Foundation is based in Red
Hook, NY, and many of its projects are local as well.

Learn more:
Ascienzo Family Foundation: http://www.ascienzofamilyfoundation.org/
Ascienzo Family Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ascienzofdn/
Fresh Truck: https://www.freshtruck.org/
Sunflower Bakery: https://www.sunflowerbakery.org/
We Care Solar: https://wecaresolar.org/
Red Hook, NY: https://www.redhook.org/31/Explore

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July 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Financial Aid, Nutrition  

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  

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