Dear Staff,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer so far. The past month has been a very exciting one for our organization and the entire IDD community. In July, we celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provided monumental changes for the IDD community in our country. As a community, we celebrate this terrific milestone knowing that the work is far from over. On July 26, the date of the historic signing of the ADA, OPWDD announced their newest anti-stigma campaign, Look Beyond My Developmental Disability, which seeks to combat stigma towards people with developmental disabilities by asking everyone to look beyond the disability and see the person for all that they are – our neighbor, friend, co-worker, business owner and more. We are proud to participate in this important campaign and encourage all to visit OPWDD's website to learn more.

In this edition of Limelight you will also see a video from OPWDD for this campaign. Please share this message and help others to #lookbeyond, receive more information on upcoming Food Truck Fridays and receive other updates from around the agency.


Rob, Kim, Gerard and Anne Marie

Robert Ciatto, President/CEO
Kim Leonard, Chief Financial Officer
Gerard DiMuro, Chief Administrative Officer
Anne Marie Sime, Chief Program Officer

July Recap: Three cheers for the red, white and blue!
Employee of the Quarter Celebration
In July, we had the opportunity to come together to celebrate these amazing employees at our Employee of the Quarter Luncheon.
(From left to right) (front) Jenice Dwiwedi, (back) Richard Breuninger, Vice Chair of the ACLD Board of Directors, (front) Anne Marie Sime, (back) Kim Leonard, Charles Cafferatta, DeVaughn Williams, Blandine August, Rob Ciatto, Richard Ascatigno, Gerard DiMuro at the Employee of the Quarter Luncheon.

Prize Patrol
Blandine Auguste
Direct Support Professional, Magnolia Manor
DeVaughn Williams
Teacher Aide, Spiegel Children's Center
Charles Cafferatta
Lead Day Habilitation Specialist, Glen Cove Bridges
Jenice Dwivedi
Day Habilitation Specialist, Broadway Bridges
Kenzer Elien
Direct Support Professional, Oakdale
Richard Ascatigno
Office Manager Day Services
Team Service Award
Congratulations to the Bridges Levittown staff for winning the Team Service Award!
(from left to right) Joanne McHugh, Dan Clancy, Brenda Eason, Marie Lafontant, Chuck Lau and Annie Ramlogan.
(Not pictured: Susan Kleppan)
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What's Cooking?
Summer Snacks at Syosset IRA (pictured above)
In July, Dietitian Minerva Kim worked with some of the residents at the Syosset home to create some delicious and nutritious snacks! First was 'Ants on a Log,' which is celery sticks spread with almond butter and topped with raisins. Second was a strawberry, banana, and blueberry smoothie with low-fat Greek yogurt. Everyone enjoyed helping out and commented on how healthy & delicious the snacks were! Special thanks to Minerva for putting this together.

It's a BOY!

Congratulations to Rodlane Francois, Team Coordinator of the Strive and Respite Programs and her family on the birth of their baby boy!
On 7/11/23, Rodlane, husband Mercius, and big sister Melanie welcomed baby Brandon to their family.
Anniversary Milestones- August 2023
1 Years

Donna Richards PWL Day Habilitation Specialist, Levittown Strive and Day Hab. Support
Emily Davies Special Educator, Kramer Learning Center
Rachel Emrick Special Educator, Kramer Learning Center
Mowenta Etienne Direct Support Professional, Residential, St. James
Marie Lafontant Pierre Day Habilitation Specialist, Bridges Day Hab., Levittown
Tamara Reimbeau Reception/Clerk, Kramer Learning Center
China Sexton Direct Support Professional, Residential, Westwind
Christina Turigiano Compliance Facilitator, Prevocational, Bethpage 857

5 Years

Jean Francois Direct Support Professional, Residential, Eastover Drive
Helienne Turenne Residential Assistant Manager, East Meadow

10 Years

Tanisha Toles Team Coordinator, Oasis- Staff Training, Hauppauge
Michael Walsh Maintenance Worker, Spiegel Children's Center

25 Years

Tanisha Toles Team Coordinator, Oasis- Staff Training, Hauppauge

Welcome July New Hires!

Churecia Allen-Brister Direct Support Professional, Residential, Eastover Drive
Markey Arnault Direct Support Professional, Residential, Nichols Road
Marie Auguste Direct Support Professional, Residential, Baldwin
Vastie Auguste Direct Support Professional, Chichester
Michelle Cambria Registered Nurse, Day Services, Hauppauge
Jasmine Chamale Teacher Aide, Kramer Learning Center
Rebecca Curran Day Habilitation Specialist, Hauppauge
Jah-Taile Davis Porter Direct Support Professional, Residential, Nesconset
Sydney DeTiege Direct Support Professional, Residential, Northport
Frantz Dominique Direct Support Professional, Residential, Healy
Isaiah Geter Direct Support Professional, Residential, Spur Drive
Jean Theagene JN Louis Direct Support Professional, Residential, Louis Kossuth
Marie Jean Charles Direct support Professional, Residential, Chichester
Carida Larose Direct Support Professional, Residential, Straightpath
Brionna McCoy Direct Support Professional, Residential, Wildwood
Mariela Moreno Day Habilitation Specialist, Hauppauge
Samuel Noezil Day Habilitation Specialist, Hauppauge
Willington Parraga Respite Counselor - In Home Waiver, Bethpage 807
Amanda Pastore Pay Roll Assistant, Administrative Services, Bethpage 807
Laurie Pica Behavior Support Specialist, School-Based, Kramer Learning Center
Yolanda Ramos Day Habilitation Specialist, Hauppauge
Casey Riordan Respite Counselor - In Home Waiver, Bethpage 807
Kathleen Rodriguez Direct Support Professional, Residential, Chichester
Laura Scalice Registered Nurse, Residential, Bethpage 857
Savnnah Simitian Special Educator, Kramer Learning Center
Harrison Sincere Direct Support Professional, Residential, Healy
Novlette Smith Registered Nurse, Residential, Bethpage 857
Breanna Taylor Direct Support Professional, Residential, Sayville
Diana Velasquez Del Prado Day Habilitation Specialist, Hauppauge
Amy Willie Registered Nurse, Residential, Bethpage 857

Employee Referral Program

Don't forget about the EMPLOYEE REFERRAL PROGRAM! You can now earn up to $6,750 when you refer people to work at ACLD. See the flyer below for details.
Discounts for ACLD Employees
Did you know that by being an employee of ACLD, you can take advantage of exclusive discounts at different businesses such as Splish SplashVerizonP.C. Richard, Six Flags and a lot more?

You can also register as an ACLD employee on to get even more discounts on vacations, entertainment, online shopping and other services. Use company code ac0825520 to register.

Shout Out Board

Don't forget to give a SHOUT OUT to recognize someone at your location for something special they did for you, your department or a person we support.
Submit YOUR stories to Limelight
Each month we include stories in The Limelight, ACLD's digital employee newsletter, about YOU and all the amazing staff here at ACLD!
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP to find out about these stories. Please send us anything to include, such as:
·    A story about how you or someone else went above and beyond to help the people we support, organized any fun or educational activity, or did anything to further our mission in any way.
·    A few sentences on any staff member or team who should be spotlighted for their consistent, exceptional work.
·    Information or news that is useful for staff across the agency.
·    Proud moments for you or your family (personal or professional milestones, awards, weddings, educational degrees or works in the community.)

·   Employee Engagement day photos of you and your team.
"The Limelight" is produced by the
Development and Community Relations Department.

Thank you to all who have submitted information
and photos. Keep them coming!

We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Adults and Children with Learning
and Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
807 South Oyster Bay Road, Bethpage, NY 11714

Newsletter contact: Sarah Klaum
[email protected] / 516.822.0028, ext. 211