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Mill Neck Services Group Leads By Example

Recently, the Self-Advocates group from Mill Neck Services, Inc. (MNS) participated in a kick-off event at this year’s Self-Advocates’ Open House. Held at the regional office of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (LIDDSO) in Hauppauge, the event was packed with over 100 advocates and support staff.  After being introduced, the MNS participants chatted with other self-advocates about their experiences, including a presentation about deaf culture.

Among the topics the group discussed, with the assistance of a PowerPoint slide show, were how language and communication access are crucial, ways to approach a deaf person, and the importance of the words used in identifying people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The MNS self-advocates wrapped up their presentation with a mini lesson teaching the ASL (American Sign Language) alphabet and the numbers 1 through 10.

Toward the end of the event, Bridget Cariello, the Long Island regional coordinator, had a chance to introduce the MNS participants to Jacquelyn Best, the new regional office director, at which point the Mill Neck Self-Advocates expressed how they are looking forward to developing new ideas and collaborating in the near future with the regional office.

Caitlin Dold, Medicaid Service Coordinator at Mill Neck Services, who also attended the open house, emphasized the participants’ dedication to self-advocacy by saying, “On a daily basis, the individuals we serve advocate for themselves and their wishes, whether it’s for programs that they want to be involved with or enroll in — socially, in educational settings, or in programs through MNS. In fact, their presence at the open house and previous events, such as last fall’s Self-Advocacy conference, allowed them to put their advocacy, as deaf individuals, into action by sharing their unique experiences and educating other participants.”

Long Island Self Advocacy consists of regional groups that are part of the Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). Founded in 1986, SANYS is run by and for people with developmental disabilities. Among the core activities that SANYS promotes are: teaching individuals with developmental disabilities about self-advocacy; educating self-advocates and families about individualized supports; providing support for regional self-advocacy groups.

Established in 1986, Mill Neck Services, Inc. has placed more than 1,000 deaf, hard of hearing or otherwise disabled workers in over 400 businesses operating on Long Island. Mill Neck Services is part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, which also includes Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center. For more information, please call 516-922-4100 or visit www.millneck.org.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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