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Legislative Updates  

   

We wanted to share with you a letter from OPWDD's new Commissioner Courtney Burke enumerating what she believes she is hearing as she listens to families at the public forums on the People First Waiver being held around the state.

 

It is very important for all families of individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities to read this carefully. The future of services for your loved ones is in your hands and you must make sure your voice is heard. The People First Waiver (also known as the 1115 Waiver) represents the future of how services will be delivered and funded.

 

Over the last forty years, services for individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State have been the result of a successful partnership between government and the families of individuals served. As part of the process of crafting the People First or 1115 Waiver, OPWDD is reaching out to families of individuals served, self advocates, providers and the workforce to elicit additional information on what should be included. It is very important that you give your input and keep that successful partnership between the government and families intact. This is what has made New York's service system one of the best in the nation.  

 

 In order to assist you in responding to the Commissioner's request to hear from you, also attached is a communication from NYSARC that will help you navigate the OPWDD website and prepare your comments to the Commissioner.   

Please let your voice be heard. Click HERE to download NYSARC's Talking Points, and the letter from OPWDD Commissioner, Courtney Burke.

Feature
  
AHRC New York City's Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program Opens Doors of Opportunity for Students with Developmental Disabilities
 

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Students at the College of Staten Island walk to class.

  

As AHRC New York City's Melissa Riggio Higher Education program approaches another semester's end, enrolled students with developmental disabilities and soon-to-be graduates continue to benefit from the opportunity to attend college.

 

The programs at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) and the College of Staten Island (CSI) were created with the understanding that college is an essential component of the preparation of young adults with disabilities to become productive members of their community.  Studies have shown that youth with intellectual disabilities who receive post-secondary education are more likely to be competitively employed and obtain higher earnings over time then their peers who do not have this experience.

 

This has been proven time and time again. "Once students are enrolled in the program, we just see their self-confidence grow-they develop a newfound level of responsibility, become more empathetic and understanding of people, and learn organizational skills that will benefit them throughout their lives," said program Director, Matthew Weiler. "There have been so many times that a shy, unsociable person enters the program, and within a few weeks, they've met new friends and become outgoing and happier. With the introduction to new opportunities, students just take off."

 

Each program, designed as an OPWDD Day Habilitation Program without Walls, is designed to be completed in two years at KCC, and three years at CSI, and aims to focus on preparing students for adult life through career exploration and preparation, general education, self-awareness, personal improvement, community participation and socialization. Following completion, AHRC offers an alumni year, which allows staff to help incorporate a part-time job into each student's life. 

 

To date, 36 students with developmental disabilities have enrolled in the program. Seven have graduated, with another six set to graduate this June 2011. Past graduates have obtained careers in culinary and food service, human services, maintenance, and office work.

 

Like in any college class, there is a range in the level of interests, strengths, and abilities of students enrolled in the program. AHRC staff members consider these differences and carefully develop individualized plans for each person. Course plans include specialized classes, prerequisites for freshmen, independent study, and internships. Based on the individual's internship preferences, each student is placed in a field where they can truly flourish. This allows for AHRC staff to introduce new opportunities to the young adults-options that many students wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

 

"It's so amazing to watch the experience of students once they are introduced to different choices and opportunities to expand-like anyone else, once that door has been opened, they begin to flourish. Once they've found something of interest, so many of them just run with it," said Matthew Weiler, Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program Director.

 

When not in class, the Melissa Riggio Higher Education program provides lessons on valuable real-world skills. Topics include sexuality, safety, abuse, time-management, and money management. AHRC staff also work to educate students on disabilities, and assist in personal exploration, which allows for "figuring out what's going to be the most successful courses and field of employment for each person," said Matt. "We help them discover what they like, what they don't like-their strengths and weaknesses. Once they understand their disability, they can learn to work with it, and strengthen their other skills."

 

During semester breaks, the group is able to practice using the learned skills in the real world, along with volunteer work and community activities. To complete the program, students are required to construct a portfolio of permanent products that demonstrates their learning in a variety of formats.  Students may elect to use written products, sound and video recordings, visual representations, and artifacts (articles, brochures, etc.), which will be evaluated by faculty and staff.

 

Throughout the semester, students work along side college students trained by AHRC as campus mentors. These mentors provide academic, work internship, community, and social support. And based on feedback from the mentors and other typical college students on these campuses, they have gained as much if not more than the students with disabilities. By expanding their awareness of individuals with disabilities these typical students have changed their attitudes about differences and have grown to be better people.

 

Though the program, initially developed by Director of Individualized Supports, Dr. Carole Gothelf, and currently supervised by Assistant Director of Adult Day Services, Katerina Chatzistyli, will continue to expand - AHRC plans to open at Wagner College in Staten Island this Fall 2011 - the existing programs will not accept greater numbers of students as the small size of each program is important in promoting its success. This is the type of situation that requires such a high level of intimacy-we have to know each student so well in order to guide them towards reaching their full potential. Getting bigger would only discourage this unique approach.

 

For a more detailed look at the program, watch the video, "We Have Touched So Many Lives: AHRC's Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program," which premiered at AHRC NYC's 62nd Annual Dinner!

Programs and Services
 
Executive Director Michael Goldfarb Announces His Retirement Plans 
  

Michael Goldfarb recently informed the AHRC Board of Directors and AHRC's Senior Management staff that he would be retiring after 35 years as Executive Director. In those 35 years, he led AHRC's growth from a $3 million organization to the enormous organization that exists today. Many of us work at AHRC because of the growth that his leadership wrought. Michael's will be an act difficult to follow and he will be missed. He will give the AHRC Board of Directors sufficient time to find a replacement and help shepherd the transition.

  

In March of this year, 2011, Bob Gundersen, Associate Executive Director, retired from his position. Bob had worn several hats at AHRC, that of Associate Executive Director for Administrative Services and that of Compliance and Quality Assurance Officer. 

  

As many of you already know, Kathy Broderick agreed to temporarily take the position of Acting Associate Executive Director/Operations at the end of March, and Lisa Kagan agreed to take on the responsibilities of Chief Compliance Officer. We wish them well and look forward to working with them.    

New Adult Day Facility in Bushwick
  

AHRC opened the first of three new facilities this February to serve as   replacements for the Stephen B. Siegel and Dean O'Hare Adult Day Centers. In order to better support people in their own communities, each location choice was based on where individuals with developmental disabilities attending the program currently reside.

 

The Wendy M. Siegel center, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is now attended by 85 program participants, each having previously attended the Dean O'Hare facility.

 

The new Siegel center is located on the ground floor of a new condominium complex.  The space is light and airy with cluster instructional areas located off the shared center resource space. These separate alcoves for learning focus on healthy living, community membership and contribution, using technology, and creative expressions. The goal of the relocation is to maximize the surrounding community as an effective setting for learning, experience, and the development of partnerships.

 

By mid-May, the remaining 133 individuals still attending AHRC's Stephen B. Seigel center will be moved to the other two additional sites at 1329 Rockaway Parkway and 355 Kings Highway in Brooklyn.

   

AHRC Dickson-Goodman Apartments Open in Harlem! 



AHRC's new Dickson-Goodman Apartments, located in Harlem, are home to 24 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with medically complex needs. Each six-person residence is comprised of a kitchen, living room, dining area, two bathrooms and either four or five bedrooms. Specialized services including on-site activity program, and multipurpose rooms for recreation are provided in order to enhance each individual's quality of life. Therapeutic rehabilitation will be provided in a specialized setting with state of the art equipment, and 24/7 nursing care is available to each resident.

Employment and Business Services Opens ShredAbility
 

Is your business required by law to shred documents, or do you have a personal need for a shredding service?

 

ShredAbility, a business operated by AHRC NYC's Employment and Business Services department, has opened its doors to customers this winter!

 

Why Use ShredAbility?

 

  1. We exhibit the highest level of ethical standards when collecting and destructing confidential documents.
  2. We provide quality services while creating employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

And remember...

 

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves:

17 trees

 7,000 gallons of water

 1,000 kilowatt of power

3 cubic yards of space in a landfill

 

ShredAbility is a member of the National Association for Document Destruction (NAID) and Secure Document Alliance (SDA). All services are performed at the highest industry standard. ShredAbility serves government agencies, private businesses and non-for-profit organizations, including AHRC NYC departments.

 

Schedule a pickup today! We come to you!

For more information or to book a pickup, email info@shredability.org

or call 1-888-220-9730 or visit www.shredability.org.

Middle High School Students Collaborate with PS 187 Kids 

 

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AHRC's Middle High School (MHS) has collaborated with junior high school PS 187, located in Brooklyn, in order to increase interaction between students with and without developmental disabilities.

 

Every Friday, PS 187 students travel to the Middle High School to participate in specific clubs such as aerobic, quilting, and poker, with MHS kids. Individually selected, the program lasts eight weeks. At the end of the sessions, students are given the opportunity to pick another club depending on their interests. MHS's Glee Club, a favorite amongst students from both schools, has proven to be quite a success. PS 187's and the MHS's Glee Clubs practice different songs together, and learn from one another's individualized talents!

 

Incorporating one-on-one peer interaction is vital to individuals with developmental disabilities and typically developing kids. Aside from discovering new interests and talents, both sets of students are given the opportunity to learn from kids that they might not have otherwise met. The long-term goal is to prepare MHS graduates for an inclusionary life in their surrounding community.

 

"This is such a wonderful project that we've developed-It teaches our students to make their own choices, follow directions, and just become more flexible in social settings...Overall, it just betters their social skills," said AHRC Middle High School, Jim Mara.

Bridges To Health Offers Foster Kids Camping Experiences

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Monte, a five-year-old male who currently lives with his adoptive mother, is verbally limited and although ambulatory, has unsteady balance

and co-ordination. Monte's first year at camp really helped him

practice his stability when walking and running. He particularly enjoyed swimming during his time at camp as well as exploring the

play park and riding on the horses.

AHRC's Adult Day Services and Camping and Recreation departments will once again provide opportunities for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the foster care system to attend summer camp.

 

Before 2010, AHRC had not been able to provide any services for such children until the Bridges to Health waiver was established. Bridges to Health was designed to provide several different needed services to children with complex needs in the foster care system.  Adult Day Services began providing Day Habilitation services to these children in December of 2008.

 

Many of these children have experienced trauma and lacked stability in their lives.  Additionally, they haven't been afforded opportunities to engage in social activities vital for their development. Being given the opportunity to attend camp has positively affected everyone involved.

 

Children and families had an overwhelmingly positive response to the initial experience at AHRC's Camp Anne, located in beautiful upstate New York. Children were elated by the number of different activities there were to engage in.  Families were thrilled that their children had such a wonderful experience, and welcomed the much-needed respite! 

 

Proving to be such a success, this year's program has expanded from 17 children to 25. For 10 days, each child will be given the opportunity to enjoy nature, make new friends, and build self-confidence at AHRC's Camp Anne.

Happenings
  
AHRC's 62nd Annual Meeting
  
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AHRC Board Member and Meeting Chairperson, Germaine Laviscount-Scott, along with Vice Chairperson and Board Member, Joan Raineri, presenting the education award to Na Ibrahima Ly, who attends the Howard Haber Early Learning Center

 

AHRC's 62nd Annual Meeting was held on June 13th at AHRC's Betty Pendler NY League facility. Outstanding staff and individuals served by AHRC were nominated from all the program departments. AHRC Board Member, Germaine Laviscount-Scott, Chairperson, along with Vice Chairperson Board Member, Joan Raineri, presented each award recipient with a certificate as 300 family members, AHRC staff, friends, and individuals served applauded.

 

The NYSARC Jonathan Weingold Scholarship was presented to AHRC Home Care Department staff, Elizabeth Sofield. Fairway Market was presented with the "Employer Award," and the Weill-Music Institute at Carnegie Hall - Musical Connections program was acknowledged with the "Community Partner Award" for their collaboration with various AHRC programs.

 

Helen and Jack Gorelick then presented six siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities, Shane Burke, Dylan Bush, Emily Holl, Katelyn McTague, Paige Quinn, and Allegra Stout, with scholarships.

 

AHRC's Board Members and Officers were then sworn in by Jill Gentile, OPWDD Associate Commissioner for the Downstate Region.

 

A special thanks to Downtown Kitchen for catering a delicious spread, and to AHRC Betty Pendler NY League staff for transforming the facility's workshop into a gorgeous event space!

 

Click HERE for the Annual Meeting's program, which lists awarded staff and individuals served by AHRC.

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Jack and Helen Gorelick, original funders of AHRC's Sibling Scholarship, which provides funds to brothers and sisters of individuals with developmental disabilities, pictured with their granddaughter, Rachel Stern. Jack was also presented with the AHRC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Annual Dinner for his years of dedication to AHRC NYC.

AHRC's 62nd Annual Dinner

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Master of Ceremonies, Cheryl Willis

Once again, AHRC's 62nd Annual Dinner was a great success! Thanks to the inspirational speakers, delicious food, wonderful music, and bustling dance floor at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, family members, individuals served, staff, and invited guests had a lovely night!

 

The dinner began with a warm welcome from NY1's News Anchor, Cheryl Wills, Master of Ceremonies, and her brother, Clarence. Cheryl is not only a talented journalist and writer, having just published her first book, "Die Free: A Heroic Family History," but she is a sibling, her brother was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. Cheryl has become a dear friend to AHRC, having attended both the Annual Dinner and the AHRC Sibling Committee's "Looking Forward: The Future is Ours," networking event this year.

 

This year, AHRC's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Jack Gorelick; Ph.D. Jack worked at AHRC from 1956 to 1996. During the forty year period that Jack worked at AHRC, he was involved in the planning and development of a wide range of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. His personal commitment to the field has also been displayed in his generosity since retiring. A number of years ago, he and his wife Helen, created the Helen and Jack Gorelick Sibling Scholarship, providing stipends annually to four sibling applicants. Jack still serves on both the Sibling and Education Committees of the AHRC Board.

 

Charles King, Jr., an AHRC New York City Board Member, was presented with the Anne Kraus Memorial Award. Charles has been a Board Member for 37 years. As AHRC president in the 1980s,  his most important accomplishment was to bring about a change in the chapter's culture from a parents only group to a family group that recognizes the essential role of siblings and other family members in the lives of their loved ones and of the organization. 


Following dinner, AHRC's film, "We Have Touched So Many Lives - the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program," premiered. The video highlighted the program and four current students, Steven Abreu, Jua Duke, Eric Goldberg, and Christian Gordon, and one recent graduate, Cindy Chow. All five students are currently interning, and like any other college student, trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. 

  

AHRC NYC's Executive Director of 35-years, Michael Goldfarb, was presented with AHRC's Humanitarian Award for his 35 years of dedication to the agency and the individuals with developmental disabilities and their families that it serves. A slideshow, which played to Alicia Key's "New York," was shown highlighting moments in Michael's career at AHRC.

 

Tedd Dolhan's Orchestra then began to jam, and everyone let loose on the dance floor, grooving the night away! 

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AHRC Board Member and Annual Dinner Chairperson, Nancy Petrino, and AHRC Board President, Melvin Gertner, MD, presenting Board Member Charles King, Jr. with the Anne Kraus Award

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AHRC Executive Director and 62nd Annual Dinner Honoree, Michael Goldfarb, and AHRC Board President, Melvin Gertner, MD

AHRC NYC Sibling Committee Mixer

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From left to right: Lindsay Kennedy, AHRC Sibling Committee Member, Cheryl Wills, NY 1 News Anchor, Ruth Pickholtz, Esq., AHRC Board Member and Sibling Committee Member

AHRC's Sibling Services Committee's annual event, "Looking Forward: The Future is Ours" at Bayards, Manhattan on March 14, 2011 was a great success!

 

Friends, family, AHRC staff, and siblings of people with developmental disabilities gathered to support one another and network. Cheryl Wills, NY 1 news anchor and proud sibling of her brother with a developmental disability, Clarence, attended and shared her story as a special guest.

 

Amongst the many services AHRC NYC offers to siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities, Sibshops are held on weekends throughout the year. Sibshops are activity based events for brothers and sisters ages 5-13 which provide professionally guided opportunities for peer support and education.

 

"Sibshops are a place for us to go to hang out with other kids who are similar to us-what we say in the room at Sibshop stays in the room. I like coming here because I am comfortable," said a young sibling who attends AHRC's Sibshops.

 

With over 100 guests, siblings of all ages and backgrounds gathered to meet new friends and share their stories. Communicating these unique experiences with others has really affected many older siblings who grew up without support.

 

"When I was a young girl, I didn't have this kind of support group-I'm so proud that AHRC offers these kind specialized services for sisters and brothers of individuals with developmental disabilities," said Ruth Pickholtz, AHRC NYC Board Member. "It's something that unless you've lived it, it is hard for others to understand."

31st Annual Thurman Munson Dinner

 

The 31st Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner February 1 honored New York Yankee Nick Swisher; New York Met Angel Pagan; New York Net Devin Harris; and Evan Lysacek, Olympic gold medalist in figure skating.  The event was held at the Grand Hyatt New York.

 

The Thurman Munson Award is given for athletic accomplishment and contributions to the community.

 

Vincent and Susan Rohan, president and vice president, respectively, of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Foundation, received the AHRC New York City Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing their many years of philanthropy benefiting AHRC and numerous other charities.  In addition to supporting AHRC Foundation benefit events for more than a decade, Mr. and Mrs. Rohan have made grants that helped build Camp Anne and start a dance-therapy program in three Brooklyn schools.

 

Diana Munson, widow of the legendary Yankee catcher for whom the dinner is named, was the honorary chair, and the sportscaster Len Berman was the Master of Ceremonies. Thanks to everyone who attended this wonderful event. Over $500,000 was raised this year!

Spring Gala

  

The fourth annual Spring Gala, benefiting two AHRC schools in Brooklyn, was held April 2, 2011 at Rex Manor Catering Hall, 1100 60th Avenue.

 

The event-which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and a raffle and auction-raised more than $22,000 this year for Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School and AHRC Middle/High School.  The two schools have a total of approximately 275 students, who have a primary diagnosis of autism.

 

 Revenue from the event is used for needs not met with government funds.  Last year's benefit made possible the installation of sound-absorbing material in the elementary school gym.  The middle/high school's benefit funds are being put toward a renovation of the kitchen.

 

For more information on upcoming AHRC NYC Foundation events, contact Dianne Gomez at 212.780.2779 or email dianne.gomez@ahrcnyc.org

AHRC New York City Board Member Attends President Obama's Signing of Critical Disability Legislation!

 

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President Obama signs Rosa's Law

 

On October 8, 2010, Board member, Laura Kennedy, and her husband, Hal, were invited by then local Congressman, Michael McMahon, to the White House for President Obama's signing of Rosa's Law and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

 

Rosa's Law replaces the use of the term "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in federal health, education, and labor statutes. The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act increases accessibility for people with sensory disabilities to modern communications, such as internet access over smart phones. 

 

"This is a really important step, particularly for the self-advocacy community," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, which lobbied heavily for Rosa's Law.

 

The President's signing of Rosa's Law was the final step in Rosa Marcellino and her parents and siblings' fight to have the words removed from the health and education code in their home state. Rosa is an individual with Down Syndrome served at an ARC in Maryland.

 

"What struck home the most was watching the Marcellino Family with their four children (Rosa being one of them) and seeing how the power of the people in this country is truly there. Here this one family had an idea, was able to articulate that to their state and federal legislators who then took it to the level of passing a bill to implement their idea into law," said Laura Kennedy. "It was families from the ARC of Maryland, families just like all of our families, getting something that they believe in, accomplished."

 

In an excerpt from President Obama's speech on October 8, he shared the wise words spoken by Rosa's brother, Nick: "What you call people is how you treat them.  If we change the words, maybe it will be the start of a new attitude towards people with disabilities." 

 

Like many other offensive words throughout history, this term should no longer be used. Most states and some federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already use the new language.

 

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is another powerful advance for people with developmental disabilities.

 

"It sets new standards so that Americans with disabilities can take advantage of the technology our economy depends on.  And that's especially important in today's economy, when every worker needs the necessary skills to compete for the jobs of the future," said Obama in his October 8th speech.

In Memoriam

 

In Memoriam, Arlene Pedone

 

After a valiant fight, AHRC's President, Arlene Pedone, passed away on March 4, 2011.

 

Arlene Pedone began her Presidency in July of 2009 after serving on the AHRC Board of Directors for seven years. It was in October 2009 that the fiscal crisis in which we currently find ourselves began, and as is said, Arlene was the right woman for the job at the time. She was a force to be reckoned with - a powerful voice for those who could not speak for themselves. Her leadership and willingness to stand up passionately for what she believed will be greatly missed by her "AHRC family".  As regards staff, Arlene was a true supporter of AHRC staff. She did everything within her power to try to prevent cuts and to preserve essential services for the individuals AHRC is committed to serve. She believed this was her mission.

 

Over the last 35 years, Mrs. Pedone devoted her time, spirit and energy to not-for-profit organizations specializing in the areas of education, drug treatment, healthcare and the well being of people with developmental disabilities. Her contributions to our organization will be remembered for long years.

 

 

Our heartfelt condolences were sent to her husband of more than fifty years, Paul Pedone, her daughters Michelle, Stacey and Allison, her sons-in-laws Rocky and John and her granddaughter Elizabeth. She was so proud of their work to make the neighborhood, city, state and country a better place for everyone.  Dr. Melvin Gertner, AHRC's 1st Vice President, served as Acting President until June 13th at AHRC's Annual Meeting, where he was elected to be President for a three year term.

 

In Memoriam, Blanche Fierstein

 

 

The AHRC New York City Board of Directors, senior staff and membership mourn the passing of AHRC New York City Board Member, Blanche Fierstein, and extend sympathy to her beloved and bereaved family. Over the last 43 years, Mrs. Fierstein devoted her time, spirit and energy to AHRC New York City and NYSARC Inc. A past president of the New York City Chapter, Blanche held various Board Officer positions over the years, and served on and chaired several Board Committees. She was a member of the NYSARC Inc., Board of Governors and the President of NYSARC Inc., for thirteen years. Blanche was an eloquent, inspirational and outspoken advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. She was a parent advocate who spoke from the heart as only a parent can. But she was also a consummate professional in the field, holding the position of Principal of the DOE's Queens OTC for many years. Her knowledge, her teaching skills and her ability to "tell it like it is" with candor and wit made her a figure that was well respected by Governors, legislators and government officials.

 

Blanche was married to the late Eugene Fierstein and lived in Woodmere New York. She is survived by her daughter Andrea who resides in an AHRC Nassau group residence, her son Richard, daughter-in-law Penny and grandchildren Russell, Leigh and Jason, Lorie, David and Keith. She will be remembered by her "AHRC family" for giving of herself for over forty years and will be greatly missed.

 

In Memoriam, Howie Stone

 

 

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Howie Stone, beloved son of Board Member I. William Stone and his wife Dorothy, the brother of Linda Schwartz and brother-in-law, Michael Schwartz. 

 

Howie died rather suddenly not too long after his 50th Birthday. As was the case with many children with multiple handicaps born decades ago, doctors never expected Howie to ever reach this milestone birthday. But with love and devoted care from his family, great services and supports, and perhaps most importantly, Howie's willpower and strong desire to have a life, he celebrated this birthday in October surrounded by family and friends and many people who were touched by him over the years. Howie touched many people's lives over the years with many saying they learned so much more from him than they ever gave to him. He is greatly missed by his family, his friends at the Agovino residence in the Bronx and Bronx Day Habilitation Center and many other individuals he met through the years. His sense of humor and wit, as well as his intelligence were well known to anyone who took to time to see past exteriors. May he rest in peace.

 

In Memoriam, Curt Flaherty

 

 

It is with great sadness that we mourn the untimely passing of Curtis Flaherty, an important and beloved member of the "AHRC New York City family." For twenty years, Curt was the Director of AHRC's Department of Adult Day Services, but his role at AHRC was far greater. Curt was a leader and talented administrator: a creative and intelligent man who possessed vision and the ability to turn dreams into reality. He had a wonderful sense of humor, the ability to see through the insincere, and the political savvy to know what to say and when. Curt was a passionate advocate for the individuals served by AHRC. His passion was a manifestation of his humanity - his deep understanding that every one of us is one and the same, deserving of respect and opportunity.

 

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his children, Danny, Meagan and Emma of whom he was so very proud -- they brought him tremendous comfort and it was because of his love for them that he fought so valiantly for so long - his wonderful wife Judy, his brothers Todd and Scott and his sister Mary Ann. Curt was with us for too short a time, but he left his mark and will be remembered by everyone whose life he touched.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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