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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New City Rotary Club and Jawonio Inc. (Aired on March 3rd and 4th, 2018)

New City Rotary and Jawonio (Aired on March 3 & 4, 2018)
In this program, devoted to the close relationship between a Rotary Club and an important local resource, RadioRotary interviews New City Rotarians Madelon Burger, Robert Pitkofsky, and Jill Warner (executive director and CEO of Jawonio) along with Jerry Staller, director of educational and clinical services at Jawonio, which supplies lifespan services for persons with special needs primarily to Rockland County. Jawonio is a Native American word that means “independence,” representing the goal to help children and adults with special needs reach their full potential and helping them become as independent as possible. It is a unique residence and school resource that helps persons from as young as 2-months old to as old as 99 years. New City Rotary has been closely involved with Jawonio for over fifty years. As the facilities, started as a camp in 1947, have age, it has come time for new buildings, including new cabins for a summer program. New City Rotary is helping not only with funding this new construction, but also is working with Jawonio to create the Nature Path for outdoor activities. Listen to this pair of double interviews to learn more about this fascinating partnership.
Learn more:
Jawonio
New City Rotary
Jawonio Nature Path
Special Education in the Schools

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